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Located just 30 kilometers from the Portuguese capital, Sintra is definitely worth a detour when staying in Lisbon. Classed in 1995 as a UNESCO world heritage site, it offers remarkable landscapes and monuments, giving it the nickname of "glorious Eden". In one day or more, discover this unmissable destination, whose multiple palaces will amaze you... Not to be missed The national Palace of Sintra A mixture of medieval, gothic and romantic architecture, the construction of which began in the 14th century, the National Palace of Sintra was the stronghold of the royal family until 1910, when the monarchy ended in Portugal. It is especially the magnificent azulejos - the famous Portuguese ceramic tiles - that decorate the many rooms of the royal palace that are worth the detour. There are azulejos from the 14th to the 18th century, including authentic Mudejar azulejos, with Moorish geometric motifs. Another remarkable part of the palace, the colossal chimneys, built in the 14th century to prevent the kitchens from being smoked. They are visible for miles around, one imagines then the greatness of the banquets that required chimneys so massive! Quinta Da Regaleira La Quinta da Regaleira is an estate built in the historic center of Sintra in the 19th century. References to alchemy, mythology, Freemasonry and Templars are numerous, both in the architecture of the palace and in the design of the park that surrounds it. It is an enchanting domain, as much by the quality of the work of architecture, as by the symbolism released. The mysterious palace and the Edenic gardens are remarkable for this reason. In particular, one can discover the initiatic wells, a little less than 30 meters deep, which expresses the symbolism of life and death, paradise and hell, and that one crosses by passing through several stages (represented By the floors). The various gardens, caves and lakes that surround the palace are mysteries to be questioned by visitors... Near the entrance to the park of Regaleira is the Seteais palace, dating from the eighteenth century, now transformed into a hotel. And do not hesitate to climb up to the belvedere, from where you can see the palace of Pena (Palácio da Pena), the castle of the Maures (Castelo dos Mouros) and the sea in the distance... Pena Palace The Palace of Pena is so unique that it was considered in 2007 as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is the first palace in Europe to have been built according to the architectural style of Romanticism, and it is this extravagant architecture that inspired Disney studios to draw fairytale castles. With its bright colors and Moorish inspiration, the exterior is simply remarkable. The gardens are also bucolic and we advise you to climb up to the cross "Cruz Alta", from which the view is superb, and from where you can admire the whole Palace, placed on its hill. If you have more time The Castle of the Moors The Castle of the Moors was built during the nineteenth century by the Moors of the Maghreb to monitor the city of Sintra, but was abandoned after the conquest of Portugal. High battlements, fortified walls, solid ramparts, the visit plunges you into medieval times. From the highest points of view, the panoramic views of the hills of the Serra de Sintra and the plains extending to the Atlantic Ocean are exceptional. National Palace and Queluz gardens The Royal National Palace of Queluz was commissioned by Pedro III, future king of Portugal, and became the summer residence of the royal family from 1794 to 1807. It is still considered a jewel of Portuguese heritage: the opulence of Its decoration, the participation in its construction of the greatest architects of the time as well as its sumptuous garden in the French style, is for many, the Portuguese Versailles. One of the wings of the palace, the Lady Mary Pavilion, is today the residence of foreign Chiefs of State visiting Portugal. The Ursa beach It’s a 30 to 40 minute sporty walk (pack your sneakers rather than sandals) to reach the Ursa beach, but the reward is at the height of the effort! A very quiet beach, fine sand, rock formations nicknamed Ursa and Giant, and which gave its name to the beach) which gives it a particular charm... Getting to Sintra The most convenient way to get to Sintra is probably the train, direct from the center of Lisbon from the Rossio train station. A train passes every 20 minutes during the day between 7 am and 11 pm, and the journey lasts only 30 minutes. The station of Sintra is the terminus of the train: you then have a kilometer and a half to get to the center of the city. A bus system, line 434, connects the station to the city center and to the three palaces of the city. The bus runs every forty minutes, so the wait can be a bit long... By car, arrive very early before the opening of the offices, shops and palaces to hope to find a parking space near the Palace of Pena. Alternatively, enjoy one of the unguarded open-air car parks close to the station; From there you can take the bus 434 to Pena.Read more
It cannot be any more typical to discover the bubbling heart of a city by diving into the neighborhood markets. The Parisians are particularly attached to this legacy of Old Paris, and walk every weekend through the alleys of the 82 food markets of the capital. To live an authentic Parisian experience, follow our guide to the discovery of the most convivial or remarkable spots! Traditional and well priced The Marché d’Aligre, abundant In the heart of the 12th arrondissement, the Aligre market, set in the middle of a charming square surrounded by cafés and shops, is reputable. A few years ago it was one of the cheapest markets in Paris but now it has been "classy-fied" recently but remains a genuine and abundant market. Stalls of local fruits and vegetables of different provenance and market antiques come together, for the happiness of a varied clientele coming from the 4 corners of the capital. As soon as the sun appears, the surrounding terraces fill up, adding to the friendliness of the place. The Marché d’Aligre – 3 Place d’Aligre, 75012 Paris – Metro: Ledru-Rollin – Open every day (except on Mondays) from 7h00 to 14h The Marché de Belleville, cosmopolitan The best value in Paris for this market where all cultures and nationalities come together. Next to first-class stands of good quality and impeccable freshness, we also find a lot of second-class products, the unsolds of Rungis, at prices that are unbeatable. At the end of the market, the prices are intensly reduced, in an electric and friendly atmosphere. The Marché de Belleville – 63 Boulevard de Belleville, 75011 Paris – Metro: Couronnes or Belleville – Open Tuesday and Friday from 7H00 to 14H30 The Marché de Barbès, The best priced It is under the aerial metro where this large market is installed, the cheapest of Paris, whose motto could be "1 euro per kilo! ". Result: the atmosphere is more crowded to stroll in than the market i.e.; The atmosphere is frenetic; Agoraphobes abstain. We leave a bit bruised due to pushing and feet stepping, certainly, but with three bags full for 15 euros. A multi-ethnic capital of the capital! The marché de Barbès – Boulevard de la Chapelle, 75018 Paris – Metro: Barbes-Rochechouart – Open on Wednesday from 7h to 14h30 and on Saturday from 7h to 15h The Posh The Marché des Batignolles, in the honor of Organic The market of Batignolles is the benchmark of ecologists and followers of organic items. This large market has a special charm with its wide selection of fruits and vegetables and its merchants who interact with their regular customers. A bit of militancy and a lot of advice brought by these very nature traders. We talk about sprouted seeds, vegetable milks and gluten-free bread, and the more daring will test a juice of freshly pressed herbs. At the Batignolles, it's organic, it's good, and it's expensive! The quality, and the trend, undoubtedly have a price... The marché des Batignolles – 64 rue des Batignolles, 75017 Paris – Metro: Rome, La fourche Open on Saturdays from 9h to 14h The Marché des enfants rouges, the oldest in Paris In a quiet corner of the Marais district, you will find the oldest food market in Paris, the Enfants Rouges. The market was founded in 1629 and was named in honor of children from the orphanage, who were dressed in red uniforms. Today, we find fresh food, but also and above all stands of cooked dishes from the 4 corners of the world. A gigantic open-air dance hall, you can sit here with your family or friends to taste Moroccan, Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese or Caribbean dishes. Success obliged, it is necessary to arrive early to find a table... The Marché des Enfants Rouges – 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris – Metro: Filles du calvaire – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: from 8h30 to 13h and from 16h to 19h30 – Friday, Saturday: from 8h30 to 13h and from 16h to 20h – Sunday: from 8h30 to 14h The chic The Marché Saxe-Breteuil, The most beautiful view This magnificent market which stretches along the Avenue de Saxe offers a superb view of the Eiffel Tower. Very pleasant, not too crowded and with a wide choice, this market offers high quality products, at prices adequate to the chic of the neighborhood and the clientele. A beautiful walk very close to the Champ de Mars. The Marché de Saxe-Breteuil – Avenue de Saxe, 75007 Paris – Metro: Ségur –Thursday and Saturday from 7h to 14h30 The marché Raspail Organic, again more organic, and especially fashionable, 2 steps from the Bon Marché, the most exclusive department store in the capital. The Raspail market is the best known, oldest and most classical organic market in Paris. And also one of the most expensive, but the products offered are of excellent quality, Whether you are looking for food, beauty products or maintenance products, everything here is guaranteed GMO free, pesticide free and not tested on animals. The marché Raspail – Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris – Metro: Sèvres-Babylone –Sunday (9h00 to 14h00) The originals The puces de Saint-Ouen, Paradise of antique hunting Clothing, antiques, vintage objects ... you can find everything in this flea market, among the most famous in the world. Enthusiasts of antique hunting and passionates of flea markets will find their happiness in Saint-Ouen, between small affordable rooms and monuments of design. Porcelain, musical instruments, antique linens, design icons, bird cages, military uniforms, diversity is well there on 7 hectares and 1300 shops on the market. An appreciable thing, the salesmen are quite discreet and let you look around in peace. The puces de Saint-Ouen – Rue Jules Vallès, 75018 Paris (between the Porte de St-Ouen and the Porte de Clignancourt) – Metro: Porte de Clignancourt – Open Saturday (9h00 to 18h00), Sunday (10h00 to 18h00) Monday (11h00 to 18h00) The Marché Saint-Pierre, The temple of fabric It's not a market, but it's just like one, and it bears the name. The market Saint Pierre, on the Montmartre hill, is the temple of fabric. Of all the materials, all the colors, at all prices, small creative hands and famous designers invest this store of 6 floors to find inspiration and get to work. The Marché Saint-Pierre – Rue Charles Nodier, 75018 Paris – Open from Monday to Saturday (10h00 to 18h30) The Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux, Poetry in its raw state In the heart of the Ile de la Cité, 2 steps away from Notre-Dame de Paris, an island of poetry and sweetness ... The market consists of two large buildings and dozens of small stands, in which roses, orchids, Lilies, tulips, bulbs, bird cages and books on gardening are sold by enthusiasts. If the market is accessible every day, the salesmen of the stands are there only on Sundays. They sell pigeons, parakeets and many other exotic birds. The marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux – Louis Lépine, Ile de la Cité, 75004 Paris – Metro: Cité – Open every dayRead more
Feliz Natal! Merry Christmas! A country deeply rooted in the Catholic religion, Portugal is one of the countries where Christmas traditions have been celebrated for generations. Gastronomy, religious celebration, family reunions... discover the highlights of the Portuguese holiday season! The dining table, the gathering point of Portuguese families In Portugal, “Consoada” is what they call Christmas Eve. It is identified by a meal, not sumptuous, but very copious, as often during the great celebrations in Portugal. More than luxurious dishes or expensive products, the Christmas table is above all the opportunity to savor simple but tasty dishes, all imbued with tradition. If cod is the Portuguese national dish, this postulate is also valid during Christmas. On New Year's Eve, they serve, bacalhau cozido, boiled cod with simple potatoes and cabbage cooked in water. A rather frugal meal, in anticipation of the many particularly desserts that will be tasted, after the midnight mass. In each house, a whole table is dedicated to desserts. According to tradition, this table of desserts will remain nourished for several days, to welcome all the relatives who come to offer their gifts and to present their wishes. Among them is the bolo rei, kings cake, in the form of a crown, composed of dried fruits and garnished with crystallized fruits. Formerly, the Portuguese served this pastry on the 6th of January, date on which according to the Catholic religion, the 3 wise kings would have visited the child Jesus. The 6th of January was for a long time the day on which the gifts were exchanged. Today, the consumption of bolo rei has spread throughout the Christmas period. Portuguese rice pudding, arroz doce, is also part of the usual desserts of the Christmas table. Lightly flavored with lemon, it is decorated with cinnamon. They also eat French toast and filhós, large donuts made from a dough close to the one used for bread, often very lightly scented with brandy and orange. A religious tradition still very present The midnight mass is still very visited in Portugal. It is called the Missa do Galo, literally "the mass of the cock". According to beliefs, a cock would indeed have sung the morning of December 25th, celebrating in its own way the birth of Jesus Christ. It is at the return of the Mass that they open their gifts, which according to tradition are brought by the little Jesus, even if Santa Claus is gaining ground. We also install the little Jesus in the family crèche, another tradition still widespread in families. Christmas cribs all found all around during the holiday season: in every house, in churches and even in gardens... The tradition of the Christmas tree is very recent, but has quickly become a custom. As proof, Lisbon recently erected the largest illuminated Christmas tree in Europe, 62 meters high. These traditions present throughout the country In some regions, one offers an orange with cloves, as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Another tradition that is still widespread in Portugal: on December 8th, families put seeds (wheat, barley, peas) to sprout in cotton soaked in water. The seeds will then be placed near the crib with oranges. On Christmas Eve, families lay them on the table as a symbol of prosperity. Finally, during the night of Christmas, the musicians and singers of each town and village, walk the streets to sing and play at the doors of locals. These events are called the Janeiras, although as their name suggests, they are most often held in January.Read more