SintraA short train ride from Lisbon near the coast is the fairtale town of Sintra, with it's palaces, castles, fountains, arches and ruins, it feels like you have stepped into ye olde land....
Sanchy with the first palace and it's distinctive chimneys
old moorish archways, now beside the road!
New turns, new mysteries...
Ruins of stairs and passages in the wilderness...
And grand palaces that cost to get into and where they chase you off if you try to sneak in.... apparently
So we did not enter, but still got great views
climbing a million stairs (or so) to the top of a near by mountain to see more castles and palaces, it was easy to get lost, unless you followed these helpful markers....
Sanch and Kris climb the 800 year old moorish garrisons
Views to pink palaces on far away hills
Climbing the walls of a brilliant rambling old castle, with views all the way to the coast
Sanchy chillin atop the climb
The walls were so provocative of a different time, of chivalry and adventure, danger and principalities....