ok, before all of you that live in sintra roll their eyes saying that the title is a misconception of sintra, let me explain! ok, first let me say hi to all of you! how are you doing? preparing your weekend? i’m actually pretty excited for getting away for two days! but don’t forget that i’ll be blogging during the weekend, mainly because we have a new feature for sponsors (have you thought about being a sponsor here? oh come on, don’t be shy! it’ll be awesome!) and also a new feature on saturdays, but you’ll see that next saturday! and now moving on to our topic today: why did i mentioned sintra on stories from lisbon feature? no, sintra is not in lisbon and you can’t actually just walk to sintra from lisbon. you need to drive there or catch a train, because sintra is about 30km away from lisbon. but the thing is that most tourists that come to lisbon, take a day or two to go to sintra, and my advice is that you should definitely do the same! well even if you’re not a tourist, you should do the same!
sintra is magical… is out of this world. though i love lisbon with all my heart and my face cringes every time the idea of moving away from lisbon crosses my mind, i think that i would like it if i moved to sintra. and though i know the place, i don’t go there that often, at least as often as the place deserves. last week i went there and i spent a morning on the main park and walking around the streets on the historical part. i couldn’t believe such beauty in one place. i was in love and excited and upset, because my battery was not full and my film camera was at home. a promise to myself was made, i had to go back.
this park is called parque da liberdade and it’s free (way to go sintra!). when i walked inside the park i honestly couldn’t believe that no one was charging me, because the park is so beautiful and filled with corners, trees and flowers… perfect for a photo session, i thought immediately. though i rushed my visit a little bit, because of the camera, i believe i could spend several hours there, capturing so many details. the light is amazing under the trees and then you go up like if your going up a mountain, but with stairs, and when you reach the top there is this magnificent view over sintra. then i got out and wandered a bit through the very narrow streets and found so many houses i would love to live in.
sintra is perfect for a weekday walk, because during the weekends is crazy with all the tourists and portuguese people that go there. so if you’re able to go there first thing in the morning it’ll be smooth! i parked my car easily and though there were many tourists, you can walk through the streets and don’t feel squeezed between everyone walking there as well! and if you want something to eat, it’s much more peaceful, which is actually pretty important! another thing that had my heart beating fast was the gorgeous architecture you find here. and the sad thing, but also pretty mysterious and magical, is that you find many buildings and family houses completely abandoned and/or for sale. the thing is i’m a bit scared of going in by myself, because we never know what we will find, right? but if mr twiggs was with me, i would certainly explore more, because these places tell so many stories…
i was particularly enchanted by the ivy growing up on so many houses… though i know that’s not that good for walls, i find it extremely beautiful and mysterious. and that is what sintra is all about… beauty, magic and mystery. i’ll go back for sure, because you need to know what sintra holds, because you’ll want to come here like tomorrow!