Sights of Portugal: the old buildings of Porto

"It's a strange feeling. The feeling that I'm stuck, simply because I haven't been travelling. My mum doesn't understand, but even yesterday, over dinner, I told my husband how anxious I am to get out of here. When I'm this long in the same place, it's almost like I can't even have opinions anymore" These … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: the old buildings of Porto

Sights of Portugal: exploring the villages of Gerês

How many of you are out there feeling unhappy, depressed, anxious and, on top of that, feeling so guilty for feeling so sad? After all aren’t we supposed to be grateful for what we have? Yes, we are. But if as humans we always just felt grateful for what we had, then we wouldn’t be … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: exploring the villages of Gerês

Sights of Portugal: exploring the National Park of Gerês

There is something that's a lot bigger than any of our lives, or any pandemic - Nature. It doesn't matter how many of us are born and die, how we live, how we thing, what makes us laugh or cry. It doesn't matter the wars we create, the peace treaties we eventually sign. The borders … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: exploring the National Park of Gerês

Sights of Portugal: Monserrate Palace & Gardens, in Sintra

Some beautiful places make me sad. Their beauty is a reminder of the beauty I may lack in my life. A reminder of a life I never had or will. A reminder that society is too busy with being practical. A reminder that any golden ages are way over and of how unequal they actually … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: Monserrate Palace & Gardens, in Sintra

Sights of Portugal: the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

I'd say Quinta da Regaleira it's a place that leaves you with a lot of questions and no answers. Composed of a neo-gothic ornate mansion, and gardens filled with symbolism, it could be just a way for the wealthy to satisfy their eccentric tastes or maybe a bit more than that. I like to think … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

Sights of Portugal: Countess Edla’s Chalet in Sintra

We were admiring the interiors of Pena Palace when a really nice lady from the staff monitoring and safeguarding the tours told us our tickets also included a visit to the Chalet that was built specifically for Edla, the second wife of king Ferdinand II. We weren't aware of such fact. She said "it's just … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: Countess Edla’s Chalet in Sintra

Sights of Portugal: the ethereal Pena’s Natural Park, Sintra

There is a lot more to Sintra than its palaces and castles. One even has the feeling that land has indeed something supernatural to it, but I'd say it's just that Nature is so abundant, so healthy, so green, that you feel you're walking in a magical land, that was indeed gifted with fertility and … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: the ethereal Pena’s Natural Park, Sintra

Sights of Portugal: the Castle of the Moors in Sintra

You may be lost in the beauty of Pena Palace while you explore its grounds, trying to absorb every single detail, romanticising about the times when Kings and Queens stepped on the same grounds and potentially admired the same sights. But while you walk through its verandas and terraces, your eyes will eventually turn and … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: the Castle of the Moors in Sintra

Sights of Portugal: Pena Palace in Sintra

In an attempt to try to stay sane one must take advantage of the few (but yet existent) possibilities. As any returns to normal travelling might be difficult to foresee, as the future remains cloudy, I must try to preserve any remains of mental health. Many have heard of Sintra. The first time I visited … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: Pena Palace in Sintra