Fairytale Palace

The small bus chugs up the winding roads of Sintra —

And then after a steep uphill climb on foot,

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You gasp when you finally glimpse the fairytale outline

Of Pena Palace:

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A beautiful example of 19th century

Portuguese Romanticism.

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Gorgeous tiles and lemon walls

Are a breathtaking reminder

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Of how amazing the human imagination

Coupled with architecture can be.

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82 responses

  1. Al

    That is amazing – I’ve never seen it before.

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    July 24, 2016 at 16:42

  2. I was there a few years ago and absolutely agree – it’s a fairytale palace. 🙂

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    July 24, 2016 at 16:45

  3. Love the color juxtaposition

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    July 24, 2016 at 16:51

  4. Wow…that is truly incredible.

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    July 24, 2016 at 16:56

  5. Fairy tale of the castle, well taken Fi.

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    July 24, 2016 at 17:02

  6. I love what you wrote, so true. The human mind, so full of creativity.
    Great words…great photos!

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    July 24, 2016 at 17:23

  7. wow.

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    July 24, 2016 at 18:09

  8. Oh wow! I have never seen this colorful palace! Wow!!! Love it! 🙂

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    July 24, 2016 at 18:19

  9. Love the colors!

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    July 24, 2016 at 19:12

  10. Ron

    What STUNNING photographs, Fiona! OMG…I love all the detail in the architecture; especially in the second to last photo. The colors and textures are amazing! The building reminds me of the castle in the Magic Kingdom.

    Welcome back, my friend. Have a grrreat week!

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    July 24, 2016 at 19:58

  11. Anonymous

    Fabulous!

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    July 24, 2016 at 20:01

  12. love those colors

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    July 24, 2016 at 20:09

  13. Yes it is a very unusual castle, almost a Disney one.

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    July 24, 2016 at 20:36

  14. So gorgeous, Fi. 🙂

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    July 24, 2016 at 20:55

  15. So much more colourful on the continent. I wonder if our weather in Britain makes us less so. Good captures. I hope you enjoy your holiday. 🙂

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    July 24, 2016 at 21:11

  16. Wonderful fanciful architecture and great shots of it.

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    July 24, 2016 at 21:13

  17. Oh wow. And wow again.
    And I love, love, love that they didn’t shy away from colour.

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    July 24, 2016 at 22:14

  18. Bill Dodd

    Wow—- wonderfully captured, Fi….

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    July 24, 2016 at 22:20

  19. OMG! Just magnificent…:)JP

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    July 24, 2016 at 22:45

  20. What an absolutely magnificent place to see!…:)JP

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    July 24, 2016 at 22:50

  21. Absolutely magical. Such a treat to see. Thank you!

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    July 24, 2016 at 23:02

  22. yogiabb

    What a magical special place.

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    July 24, 2016 at 23:59

  23. Marvelous shots – what magnificent architecture!

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    July 25, 2016 at 04:23

  24. I love the colors! Magnificent!

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    July 25, 2016 at 05:11

  25. Very pretty sight!

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    July 25, 2016 at 09:11

  26. It does look like something out of a fairy tale. How enchanting.

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    July 25, 2016 at 12:14

  27. Lynn

    Amazing! It is like a fairytale.

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    July 25, 2016 at 12:22

  28. What a stunning sight. Somewhere interesting to visit…!

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    July 25, 2016 at 12:34

  29. It certainly reminds me of all those palaces in fairy tales. Love its striking colors and great architecture. Lucky you to be here..

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    July 25, 2016 at 13:57

  30. What a beautiful place, gorgeous colors, and fantastic shots!

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    July 25, 2016 at 15:00

  31. The detail and the colours both exquisite, you could imagine a Disney princess waving from a turret!
    Happy hols!
    Wren x

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    July 25, 2016 at 15:12

  32. I had not heard of this gorgeous fairytale palace. Thanks for bringing it to our attention through your beautiful photos. The palace is simply amazing.

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    July 25, 2016 at 15:43

  33. Love the palace…. I really like that period in time since I love lots of colors… That place just looks magical.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    July 25, 2016 at 15:54

  34. Oh my gosh! That place is beautiful! I absolutely adore all the colors.

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    July 25, 2016 at 16:00

  35. That is a wonderful almost fairytale sight Fiona 😃

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    July 25, 2016 at 16:01

  36. Portugal is beautiful in your wonderful photos!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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    July 25, 2016 at 16:01

  37. looks like you got a sunnier and less crowded day at the palacio da pena than we did. love that place. regardless

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    July 25, 2016 at 16:59

  38. It definitely looks like something from a fairytale. Have a wonderful holiday but how could you not in such a beautiful place.

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    July 25, 2016 at 17:19

  39. It’s like something out of a fairy-tale! I expected to see the Princess in the tower.

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    July 25, 2016 at 20:51

    • I did see a prince and a princess (my kids)!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      July 26, 2016 at 06:23

  40. great !!!

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    July 25, 2016 at 20:54

  41. Magnificent pictures!

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    July 25, 2016 at 20:58

  42. It is so much incredible beauty in this fairy place and like you said “gorgeous tiles and lemon walls” at this 19th century castle. Amazing views captured, in this set, once again by you!! A fantastic travel, for sure!

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    July 25, 2016 at 21:13

  43. Wow ! A fairytale-like palace/castle indeed – extraordinary! Thank you for sharing this amazing structure, Fi.

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    July 26, 2016 at 01:17

  44. It’s majestic. Wow.

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    July 26, 2016 at 03:44

  45. Gorgeous and beautiful and lovely!

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    July 26, 2016 at 04:47

  46. wow it is incredibly beautiful Haven’t seen it before I love all the colours and shapes

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    July 26, 2016 at 06:37

  47. Wow! Amazing! Great photos.

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    July 26, 2016 at 06:41

  48. Beautifully captured!

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    July 26, 2016 at 07:14

  49. Jim

    Bright and colourful.

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    July 26, 2016 at 07:17

  50. Jim

    Fantastic

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    July 26, 2016 at 07:17

  51. oh yessss! Sintra and Pena on a sunny day! quel bonheur!

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    July 26, 2016 at 10:28

  52. A real fairytale castle. Looks incredible. Thanks for showing.

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    July 26, 2016 at 10:55

  53. Vilken fantastisk byggnad!

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    July 26, 2016 at 12:48

  54. Awesome photos

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    July 26, 2016 at 13:07

  55. miyahde

    Dearest Lady-fi; Oh, amazing architecture with bright color. Sure is a Fairytale Palace♡♡♡
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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    July 26, 2016 at 14:58

  56. Beautiful shots of the palace.

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    July 26, 2016 at 16:06

  57. What amazing colours! This really does look like a castle from a fairy story!

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    July 26, 2016 at 18:00

  58. Oh, my … this is the perfect palace with windows from where Rapunzel might have loved to unravel her very long hair!

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    July 26, 2016 at 18:06

  59. You’re right. This is really a palace from a fairy tale.
    Lovely photos

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    July 26, 2016 at 19:32

  60. Such amazing colours and details! Fairytale for sure:)

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    July 26, 2016 at 19:50

  61. That is a wonderful!
    Liebe Gruesse Monika

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    July 26, 2016 at 21:06

  62. Ruth

    I have been wanting to visit this place my entire life! So wonderful!

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    July 27, 2016 at 03:28

  63. What an amazing place! I love the yellow 🙂

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    July 27, 2016 at 07:50

  64. Amazing all those colours.

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    July 27, 2016 at 11:41

  65. daryledelstein

    there’s a Gaudi feel to these …. i visited Sintra a lifetime ago … i had forgotten (how i cant imagine) those fabulous ‘castles’

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    July 27, 2016 at 14:23

  66. grandiose immagini per un castello di sogno!

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    July 27, 2016 at 15:01

  67. Fabulous buildings !!

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    July 27, 2016 at 17:26

  68. Beautiful building, colors and photos, wonderful details.

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    July 27, 2016 at 18:06

  69. so beautiful!

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    July 28, 2016 at 06:11

  70. Fabulous sights!

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    July 28, 2016 at 07:01

  71. A very beautiful building !

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    July 28, 2016 at 11:20

  72. Beautiful colors and great architecture.

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    July 28, 2016 at 14:19

  73. wow. absolutely beautiful architecture. i love all the color as well.
    that was one thing that really grabbed me overseas is all the color of the architecture,
    even in the poorer countries. our town feels so bland and conservative. ha.

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    July 28, 2016 at 14:52

  74. Hello, it is a beautiful palace. I like the colors. Great collection of photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    July 28, 2016 at 15:01

  75. Hello Lady Fi-
    Wow- what beautiful views you got to enjoy.
    The views of the beaches in your posts from Lisbon are beautiful too. Glad you had a great time. Enjoy!
    Have a Happy Day!!
    Peace 🙂

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    July 28, 2016 at 17:41

  76. looks crazy 🙂

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    July 28, 2016 at 20:31

  77. Sintra, Portugal com um belo registro de imagens. Muito artístico!

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    July 31, 2016 at 00:26

  78. One year ago I visited this place! and Lisbon as well…. och…. memory….

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    August 1, 2016 at 10:26

  79. Wow this is fabulous!

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    August 1, 2016 at 19:31

  80. What a fantastic building! I love the colors.

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    August 4, 2016 at 04:38

  81. Magical…. Delightful….

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    August 7, 2016 at 18:42

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