“Ornate Orange Roof” : Sintra, Portugal, 6th September 2011
Sintra is a countryside getaway for the population of Lisbon. Just a short train ride out, and you can escape the crowded run-down suburbs of the Portuguese capital and find yourself out in a rocky, hilly playground near the wild Atlantic, studded with beautiful forests, ancient castles and more modern follies of the rich and regal. Idyllic, except that you’re going to have to share this rural paradise with all the other thousands bent on making the same excursion as you. Hint: don’t go on weekends.
I’d barely got a couple of hundred meters from the train station on the longish walk to the attractions when I spotted this gorgeously intricate (and perhaps over-the-top) roof. There would be plenty more photo ops later…
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