My Weekend in Portugal: Sintra and Porto

Hi everyone! If you read my last post, you’ll know I took a trip a while back to Portugal.  If you haven’t read about my time in Lisbon, you can hop on over, after you read this post of course!

Sintra

Lisbon was great, but I fell in love with Sintra, which is a smaller town near Lisbon.  It has a lot more local feel, and the colors are so vibrant! I’m talking bright yellows and reds and tons of intricate tiling designs, especially at the Palacio da Pena.

Before we got to the Palace, however, we had to hike up this huge mountain (great views, though) and a few miles and a mascara tube later (don’t ask how I forgot that in my back pocket) we made it up the hill and to the Palace! After the Palace, we had free time to explore the city and find food before we went to Porto.  Some other girls and I found a restaurant with panini-type hot sandwiches, which was perfect considering how cold and windy it was.

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After our pitstop, we made our way back to the bus to start our next leg of the mini-voyage.

Porto

Porto was a few hours away from Sintra, but not so bad that we didn’t make it in time for dinner.  Dinner was a traditional Portuguese meal complete with their famous white sangria, made with white wine as opposed to the typical red.  It’s a lot more fruity, but I do still prefer the tinto de verano.

The next morning, we had another walking tour with a guy dressed like he could be a character in Men In Black.  We saw a lot of different sites, including a church and the famous bridge.  He even took us by the Livraria Lello, supposedly a site where J.K. Rowling wrote one of the Harry Potter books!  Overall, it was a fun trip with a lot of rain, but a lot of interesting stories to tell later.  Here are some more pictures!

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Until next time, MK

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