Wanderlusty Wednesday

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Just a quick note to say I’ve started a new job this week and I’m a bit busy, to say the least. This weekend I need to figure out a way to have time to work, and write, and blog, and sleep. (If anyone has any tips, please let me know.)

And it’s Wanderlusty Wednesday, so I have to leave you with something! So if you’re contemplating a trip, here are some suggestions…

If you want to head south…

If you want to head further south…

If you want something Mediterranean…

Or you’re looking for a different kind of beach…

If you’re in the mood for some castles…

Or a different kind of castles…

If you’re looking for some fascinating history…

Or you just want to stop and smell the flowers…

If you’re looking for a real-life literary location…

Or just want to hang out where the writers once did…

Be sure to check out all my travel posts here!

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Wanderlusty Wednesday: Sintra, Portugal

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Over brunch on Sunday, we learned that a friend of ours was considering vacation in Portugal. To which I responded immediately: go!

Other people were full of suggestions on what to see and do in Lisbon, Lagos, Porto, etc. And you should go all those places! But please, while you’re in Lisboa, don’t miss my favorite place in all of Portugal: Sintra.

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Sintra is a beautiful little town made almost entirely of CASTLES. It’s an easy daytrip from the capital by train, and once you’re there, it’s so small you just wander around on foot. We went in April, which was perfect because the flowers were in full bloom. You wander down garden paths, peek over stone walls, walk across lily pads (okay, stones that look like lily pads), pet the cats wandering the grounds, before stepping inside to see how the Portuguese royals lived. (They lived quite well).

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Bill Bryson wondered once why it is that now, so many buildings are purely functional, with no thought to their aesthetic value, no consideration how they’ll look with the land around them. But back in the day, they created every structure, from castles to regular houses, to perfectly complement their surroundings. Sintra is the perfect example of this.

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All photos taken by me, April 2007