Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I had been warned about the high energy of the stunning mountain town of Sintra. My guide Eddie told me that I would be able to feel the elevated vibrations as soon as I entered and he was right. I was heady with Sintra's special energy and the narrow cobblestone streets and 18th century architecture charmed me even more. But nobody prepared me for the spectacular beauty of Pena Palace, perched on a craggy peak above the town.
The photos of the 18th century palace, built as a summer home by Portugal's King Ferdinand II, only hint at the magic. I don't think I closed my mouth during the whole time I visited the UNESCO landmark. I've seen a lot of castles and none except the mighty Alhambra have captured me like this.
Vibrant colors, intricate tiling, sculpture, stained glass and sweeping design entranced me at every turn.
Inside, the tapestries, crystals and carved furniture were nice but there's something about the views and mountain air that make the outside of Pena Palace just jaw-dropping. Have you ever been to Sintra?