Sintra day trip

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Palácio Nacional de Sintra

There wasn’t much going on at the conference we were supposed to be attending, so we ditched to go see Sintra.  We took a bus from Estoril, which took about 20min and cost around 3.70 Euros.  Everyone I had talked to told me how “you MUST see Sintra”, so we were pretty excited thinking we were finally going to do some serious sight-seeing in Portugal.

We get dropped off by the bus and grab a city map at the tourism office.  We decide we are going to see the Palácio Nacional de Sintra first.  They are having an exhibit on Pirates and that has Jill excited.  The first thing we realize is that there are not any street names marked on the map, so after about 15 min of walking in the direction we think is correct, we end up back where we started.

Portuguese pavement in Sintra
 We finally ask someone and get off on the correct way.  The walk is long but pleasant and scenic.

Once we arrive at the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, we tell the woman at the desk that we wanted to see the Pirate exhibit.  She looks at us incredulously but sells us our tickets.  We should have taken the hint.  The exhibit amounted to about a room and a half with a total of 25 “artifacts”, which were really just some old guns and swords.  

Disappointed and tired, we opted to do a bit of souvenir shopping and grab some sangria to try to improve our moods.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work, so we decided to head back to Estoril.

At the hotel, we were faced with the same dilemma we had been faced with every day;  go eat the inedible dinner being served at the conference, try to get someone at the desk to recommend a restaurant for us, or head to the Italian place next door.  We opted for the Italian place as we figured we owed it to them since it was our last night in Estoril.

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Palácio Nacional de Sintra
Palácio Nacional de Sintra
Portuguese pavement in Sintra
Portuguese pavement in Sintra
Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo dos Mouros
Sintra Town Hall
Sintra Town Hall
Sintra
photo by: Vikram