Friday, 9 August 2019

Sintra, Portugal. April 25, 2019

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Sintra is a resort town in the foothills of Portugal's Sintra Mountains, near the capital, Lisbon.
Below:  Sintra region in relation to Lisbon.
The town itself is about 24 km west-northwest of Lisbon.
A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-coloured villas and palaces.
The best way to enjoy Sintra is a walking tour.
Sintra is an agricultural trade centre and tourism is a major industry.
Above:  Azulejo is a form of Portuguese and Spanish painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework.  Azulejos are found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, houses, schools and other buildings.  They are not only ornamental but also have (had) a specific functional capacity like temperature control in homes.  The word Azulejo comes from the Arabic az-zallij.  Why?  Because this part of Europe was part of the Arab/Berber Umayyad Caliphate for about 700 years.  

Below:  Not your typical North American power meter.

Lord Byron celebrated the beauty of Sintra in his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgramage".
Read it here.
Below:  Well, Elvis is alive and in Sintra!

One of Louise's favourite things to do.
Below:  How it works.
Below:  Trams are a recognizable icon of Portugal, especially Lisbon, but also in Sintra.
Trams have been clattering along the 13 kilometre route since 1904.
They currently use 1930 vintage Brill trams.
Note rail enthusiasts:  lots more about these trams here.

Kasbah can mean 'keep', 'old city', 'watchtower', 'blockhouse'.
"Come with me to the Casbah" is one of those famous movie lines.  Except it was never spoken!  Charles Boyer is credited with the line, but he never used it.
More on the movie, Algiers, here.


Below:  I mean really, who can resist?




Above:  Cafe Paris in Sintra.  More about this, click here.

Above:  Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  More?  Click here.
Above:  Sigh.  Is this now a new type of world heritage?
Ah, much more local!
Bar do Binho.  More here.
If you go to their website, near the bottom on the left hand side is a translator - you may choose one of many languages to read about this institution.

Beer-dispensing cow?
No!  It's really a shop where you can find accessories, gifts and decor.
Click here.  


Cascais is a municiplity in the Lisbon district of Portugal located on the Portuguese Riviera.
Among other things, its marina sometimes hosts America's Cup racing.
It's known for its sandy beaches and busy marina.
More about Cascais here.  
Below:  A bit more tropical than Canada.
Below:  Football (soccer) and Volleyball combined.


Above and below:  Great optical illusion.  The pavement is flat, but does not look it when you are approaching on foot.

A small look around.


That's all.