Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Part Two, Lisboa and Sintra

End of the Line 
Leaving Lisboa for Sintra but a few last words  
In the last 15 years there has bee a huge effort to revitalize the city with a facelift.
The facades of many buildings have been painted and cleaned as well as historical monuments to retain their original splendor. This building was adorned with beautiful intricately  designed blue tiles. Below is an example of how many buildings looked 15 years ago in the city.  
Any idea what this savory treat is I found at the market? 
It's an empanada, a savory pastry dough that can be filled with cheese, meat, or seafood. They are a versatile food and I purchased one with cream cheese and spinach. Another type sold here was chicken and feta (a popular Mediterranean cheese) and minced pork. 
Stacks of brined cod are also popular in the markets. 
Remember the posting all about the cork? Well guess what I found? A complete ensemble made from cork and behind the mannequin was a rack of cork ties.  
Just when I think there can't possibly be any more scenic places to see we left the city for the neighboring town of Sintra and the National Palace of Sintra. 
Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town that is set amidst the pine covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. This slightly cooler climate enticed the nobility and elite of Portugal, who constructed exquisite palaces, extravagant residences and decorative gardens. The variety of fascinating historic buildings and beautiful scenery has established Sintra as a top rate tourist destination and is the most popular day trip from Lisbon.
I have neglected to mention that everywhere we went they seemed to emphasize what they labeled "nightmare" weather months to travel, July and August since its around 119 degrees and even many tourist companies take those months off.  We did pick the perfect time with weather in the 50's.

Sintra Palace
and what a massive palace with a blend of Gothic, Moorish,and Renaissance elements and a living memorial to the major events of Portuguese history. There were 100 steps throughout this building and kudos to one 94 year old lady who made them all! Now that was impressive! 
The ceilings, walls and furnishing room after room were a marvel in themselves. 
 Palatine Chapel with a carved wooden ceiling with lattice work
This ceiling is from the Magpie Room because of the printed ceiling dating back to the 15th century decorated with 136 magpies. Every wall, ceiling and furniture item in this palace had a story. 
In another neighboring town we strolled past an old fashioned carousel which are very popular throughout European parks.  
As we walked the cobblestone streets and climbed massive amounts of stairs exploring the two different countries of Spain and Portugal, we found many cultural differences but also similarities. Each city is steeped in rich history and traditions dating back to ancient times.  
It was challenging for me the past two weeks to pare down 830 photos since I had so much to say. Thanks for traveling along on our journey. On a food note we never lacked for wine, soup, pork and fish dishes and pastries. But I know we walked it off :)
Parting photos from Lisboa (early evening farewell dinner) and 1.400 mile trip over 13 days.  
Flaming Baked Alaska

Last minute ideas for Mardi Gras 
check out this link for many yummy ideas 

A Mediterranean Cod Fish Dinner and onto the merry month of March cooking and ideas.

Hope the February RAK ideas inspired you to keep it going onward into March and part of your daily life.   

1 comment:

  1. What an incredible experience...so much to take in. Oh, the loveliness of it all.