A few weekends ago, taking advantage of the 4th of July holiday, we decided to journey to Lisbon. We’d driven through once before but never stopped to explore. We spent the first day in Lisbon then moved onto Sintra, the first Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site in Europe, as designated by UNESCO.
And although our title says Fireflies & Fairytales, we unfortunately don’t have photos for either of these things. Unless! you count the fact that we stumbled across a handful of castles during our journey. How can you get more fairytale than that? Well, the rest of the fairytale can be attributed to our wonderful time in Sintra. Not only was the town amazing (as you’ll see from the photos and captions once you click on the link below) but they were hosting an amazingly authentic Medieval Fair. It was dark by the time we arrived so the pictures wouldn’t have been very good and we decided instead to immerse ourselves completely. Which wasn’t too tough. Stepping into the town square we already felt transported in time. Everyone was dressed from head to toe in wonderful outfits, all the stands were completely deck out as well and the music and dancing went on all night. We tried amazing foods like freshly made cous cous and kebabs (not medieval we know, but very tasty), brick-oven calzones with homemade pepperoni sausage, and delicious pastries. Watched a real stone carver hard at work with his chisels and oil lamp guiding the way. And even wandered through the market area filled with fresh herbs and tonics for everything from wrinkles to diabetes. It was truly an amazing time. Then, to make it an even more perfect evening we walked home to our lovely cottage (again see full slide show for details) where fireflies were blinking away lighting our path. It was pretty perfect. We hope you enjoy the photos and details from the rest of the trip!