Sintra

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If all the kings horses, and all the king’s men (and all the kings themselves) want to live in Sintra, that’s probably a good clue you should go visit. The Portuguese monarchs always choose the best spots.

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Sintra, where even the random public fountains are amazing works of art.

I didn’t pay too much attention to this portion of the planning, but my husband said we should go, so I had some vague notion about a castle. (Make that at least 5, because I wasn’t paying attention.)

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We took the train up, and it was an easy 45 minute ride from Lisbon. We stayed two nights, and so had a full day in between to explore, plus some extra on the day we arrived. I could have stayed much longer.

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The town was quaint and walkable, the air crisp and of course, gorgeous architecture everywhere.

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We didn’t even have time to go in the National Palace at the center of town. (Those two cones in the background are its spires.)

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If you go, don’t be like me. Spend a couple of days there.

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Maybe don’t stay here, though. That one’s a little creepy.

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