Hotel Sintra Jardim
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We arrived to Sintra with a big smile and a warm
welcome from our host Luis, who was kind enough to pick us up from the train station in his spiffy red Fiat 500. He was a man in his sixties, absolutely
full of life! In very broken English he said “I'm six-six, like
highway in America”. He was so proud of his town (he has lived in
Sintra his whole life) pointing out great places to eat and drink on
the way to his apartment. As ...
... magical but dinner in Portugal never happens before 7 p.m. and proprietors never seem to appear before 7:30. Civilized natives never ate before 8 and dinner was served to 11 p.m. or midnight. A shock for San Deigns where last seating is never past 9 p.m. Sintra was enchanting but what were we to do from 1 p.m. until 7 that evening. As we pondered our options the temperature was rising. So we agreed to grab lunch at the cafe at Quinta da Regaleria and return to Lisbon for dinner. ...
... near Estacio do Oreinte, a short distance from a metro station only two stops from the airport. It’s probably not the financially smartest thing to rent a car from an airport rather than another city location because there are additional airport taxes and fees, but my flight to Madeira on the 17th is an early morning one, so good not to have to fool around with public transport that might not be running super early on a Sunday morning.
Sintra is ...
... and much inspired by english romanticisim, nature and the surroundings have been manipulated to look more radiant and special. Little grottos, fountains, and boulders were placed to look natural and sublime. It worked as Lord Byron came and stayed as did other european aristocracy and then build the equilvalent of stately homes to 'summer' in.
The most outrageous is Pena Palace, a fantastic place rebuilt over an old monastery to look like ...
... so I never did. I did get a great picture of me standing under a waterfall at the water gardens...lots of likes on Facebook! I later met a friend, Ariana, who I had met previously on one of the tours. We went to the Jardim de Estrela and the Basilica Estrela, both were very beautiful, and well worth the long walk uphill (most of Lisbon is uphill, even going back the way you came, not sure how that happened). I spotted a playground, and like the kid I am had to go down the ...