Sunday, April 10, 2011

Snapshot Sunday: Sintra, Portugal

Last summer, I spent a week in Portugal to work around some visa issues for my trip to Ibiza. It was a big gamble to travel solo to this country I'd never been to and where I didn't know a single soul. But it turned out to be one of the most amazing trips of my life. I learned how to surf, made some incredibly cool friends, and saw so many amazing sights. This picture, taken at Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra illustrates how I felt then: I felt like the King of the World.
Sintra was one of the most picturesque places I visited in Portugal. A lush, beautifully preserved town steeped in Romantic architecture, all of Sintra is a UNESCO heritage site and visiting it is like stepping back in time. It is an easy day trip from Lisbon and a quick bus ride from our surf camp in Ericeira. The afternoon we spent there was not quite enough time to explore everything Sintra has to offer, but I wouldn't change anything about that day for the world. A morning of surfing, scrumptious wood-fired pizza by the beach for lunch, and an afternoon spent exploring the beautiful city of Sintra is a wonderful way to spend a summer day, no matter how you look at it.


  1. What a great photo! I didn't see you in it at first, I was so interested in the structure!

  2. One of my favorite pictures ever. This place made me feel like I was in a Lord of the Rings set :-)

  3. AWESOME photo! Def'ly worth a mat, frame and prominent place on your wall!

  4. It seems Portugal has been coming up more and more on my radar. I guess I'll have to bump it up on the list of countries to see!

  5. Hi Celine, I'm portuguese, from Cascais (home town of SANTINI icecreams)... love to have bumped into to your blog! It's so good to read you... Very nice! Kiss, Ana
    ps - loved your post about Santini icecream


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