Category Travel

Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro, about two and a half hours drive north of Lisbon, is Xana’s home town. It is also home to Xana’s sister and parents. Aveiro is sometimes referred to as the ‘Vienna of Portugal’ because of it’s canals in the…
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Batalha, Portugal

On our way north to the town of Aveiro, where Xana’s parents live, we stopped and took pictures at a monastery in Batalha. Monasterio Santa Maria de Vittoria was erected in 1385 and displays very ornate limestone. In true gothic…
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Carmo Ruins, Lisbon

We picked friends up at the Lisbon train station, a well kept building with a beautifully ornate facade. Then we walked around town, exploring the views and buildings. The cobblestone streets and tile buildings are characteristic architectural elements throughout Portugal.…
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Palace of Pena, Sintra

The Palace of Pena was built in the 19th century by Fernando of Saxe-Coburg, consort of Queen Maria II. It is described as an ‘exuberant creation’ and ‘the most striking example of Romantic architecture in Portugal,’ according to Parques de…
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Moorish Castle Ruins, Sintra

Sintra’s Moorish Castle is a military fort believed to date back to the 9th century and the period of Arab occupation in Portugal. The castle ruins sit above Sintra’s historic town center and can be seen from many vantage points…
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National Palace of Sintra

The National Palace of Sintra sits in the heart of the historic town center. Wikipedia states ‘It is the best preserved mediaeval Royal Palace in Portugal, having been inhabited more or less continuously from the early 15th up to the…
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Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, a quaint town about a half hour northwest of Lisbon, emanates storybook romance. Surprisingly, this diminutive township boasts two royal palaces and Moorish castle ruins. Shops and restaurants bear an authentic warmth, with nicely tended flowers flanking open doorways…
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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a labyrinth of narrow one-way streets, classic buildings and orange tile rooftops. It’s narrow passageways might lead you to a courtyard filled with cafe tables or the odd cubbyhole commandeered as a parking spot for motorbikes. It offers…
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Airport joyride!

A delayed flight and an ensuing line at customer service led us to take an electric car to a customer service counter at the other side of Newark airport. Mark, Sofia (friend of Xana’s on the same flight) and I…
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