Tag Archives: Guimaraes

No amount of planning could have prepared us for this day

Oh, how we wanted to visit Sintra! Who wouldn’t with the many historical sites that included a palace that looked like it was the set for a Disney movie. We wanted to get the most from our visit so we … Continue reading

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Happily surrounded

We think something went amiss, or she had a head cold. One of the two classic sculptural fountains in the small pool in Porto’s Crystal Palace Garden wasn’t spraying water as intended. Instead, a slow drip-drip-drip of water over the … Continue reading

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A castle, with a palace next door

The castle in Guimaraes was the real thing: thick walls of stone, built on a high bed of rock, its only purpose was defensive. The interior space was smaller than expected. We saw very few openings in the tower to … Continue reading

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Ever heard of Citânia de Briteiros? And how would we get there?

Sure, Guimarães has a castle, a palace, and is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Isn’t that enough? No, not when Citânia de Briteiros is close by; THAT’s where we wanted to go. Citânia de Briteiros is the archaeological site … Continue reading

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