Colorful, Fanciful, Romantic Pena Palace

16 thoughts on “Colorful, Fanciful, Romantic Pena Palace”

  1. What a fabulous story! I had to laugh at your misadventures getting there but so happy you made it and thank you for the beautiful pics too. I so look forward to the day I can visit Portugal. Stay safe!

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed reading it! I must admit that I did think about the fact that our ridiculous experience trying to get there would make a good story, as frustrating as it was. 🙄 Of course, once we were there we both forgot all about it. Pena Palace is a wonderful place to visit. I highly recommend it. 👍🇵🇹

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  2. Wow…just wow. Yet another amazing place, photos and narrative. Do you ever get blasé about all the beautiful gardens, architecture, furniture, decorative tiles and ceilings? The journey there was entertaining, but I’m sure not fun when in the process.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I’m so happy you liked the post. I shared your comment with Won and we both agreed – we never seem to tire of seeing these amazing places. Each one is a work of art in it’s own right. Regarding our nutty journey to get there…Won was more frustrated than me. I thought it was ridiculously funny (but I didn’t laugh when we were going through it…Won wouldn’t have appreciated my take on the situation at the time.) We both laugh about it now, though! HA!!

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  3. “Lucky duck”! Lol…no pun intended right??? I’m nuts…I love puns! Your description of “trying to storm the castle” is very familiar. We cruised up and down the Rhine River in Germany getting off at various castles to explore. I felt like I lost a lung on the way up to all of them! But so worth it! There’s just something so magical about castles. Your description of your driving conditions reminded me that on a trip to Italy our friends, whom we were behind were following the GPS and pretty much got their rental SUV stuck in between the buildings of a tiny town on the top of a mountain. I seriously thought at some point the only way it was coming out was being lifted out by helicopter! Ah…the memories! Love this post and can’t wait to be able to see for ourselves someday!!! Enjoyed traveling through your eyes!

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    1. LOL!! Sounds like you have first hand experience with what I was talking about. Narrow streets in Europe can certainly add a “little something” to your overall travel experience – like a lot of gray hair! Egad. Regarding puns; I have five brothers and sisters and we’re all within six and a half years of each other. When we were growing up we had a house rule. Three puns maximum so you had to be fast before “no more puns!” was called. Ah….the good old days. I’m delighted you enjoyed this post, Brenda.

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    1. I removed your email address from your comment above to ensure privacy before approving. I replied to your prior comment that was made with the incorrect email address, but since it was wrong you most likely won’t be proactively notified that I replied. If you want to read it, you can view it by going back to the post and returning to the comments section. Thanks for the heads up!

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  4. What a day! The palace and grounds are fantastic. I had to chuckle at the struggle to literally get to the top of the mountain. To me, it’s these kinds of experiences, although very stressful, that make the best travel stories. Beautiful photos; beautiful place. All is well that ends well. Enjoyed the story!

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  5. I had to go back and read this post on my computer because before I had only opened it on my phone, and I knew I couldn’t appreciate those photos properly in the smaller format. Wow, the stone (maybe some inside was plaster but it looked like stone) work on both the inside and outside of that palace! Fantastic! Thanks for always giving such good historical background to these places. If ever you’d like a suggestion for a theme of a post… I’d love to hear more about the architectural styles…especially Manueline, which I’ve never heard of! (Of course your phone went dead because you were using it for all that navigation!!) All the best!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Taffy! I’m always looking for, and encouraging suggestions, so I genuinely appreciate your idea. I’ll definitely do a post dedicated to architectural styles. Stay tuned. ☺️👍🏻🇵🇹 Thanks so much!!

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  6. Such beautiful pictures of a stunning location. Now I understand why people said we should go to Sintra when we visited Lisbon. We didn’t because we didn’t have time, but to quote Arnold we “will be back”!

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