Sintra, Portugal is a place filled with wonder. A truly magical place, that sits at the base of the Sintra Mountains.
The Pena Palace and Castle of the Moors dominate this mountain range,
but tucked away within a lush green forest is a very mysterious place.
When I need creative inspiration or a quite place to think I make a trip into Sintra. Today, we’ll visit Sintra’s #1 tourist destination by Tripadvisor, the Quinta da Regaleira.
It’s a palace and estate located not far from Sintra’s historic center. It’s also about 20 minutes from where we currently live in Portugal. Visiting this town often is quite easy to do. Now if I were to choose a location for Alice in Wonderland to be re-made in, again, I would choose this palace and estate.
The garden that is filled with an assortment of plants from all over the world has me thinking about a line from Lewis Carroll’s, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass.
“Where should I go?” asked Alice. “That depends on where you want to end up.” said the Cheshire Cat.
I want to start and finish this adventure but it seems like it will be a long trip. Maybe we should pause to see which door we want to go through.
Before we decide which door to choose and chase the rabbit through a underground tunnel,
and up and down a well,
we’ll view the inside of the palace very briefly.
I want to spend a lot of time in the groto, where the ducklings swim and the canaries fly from tree to tree, singing so sweetly.
But I am going to stop and think on a bench. What would Tweedledum and Tweedledee do next?
My imagination is carrying me away. It’s as though the Barista on site, slipped a bit of a magic potion in my coffee. I imagine what kind of mythical creatures come out after the sun goes down at night.
Before I go to deep, wondering, Alice is Where? I’ll take you into the Roman Catholic Chapel for a breath of fresh air.The colors from the frescoes have me in a trance, I better find that rabbit and move on before I can’t. Planning a trip to Portugal? DO NOT pass up on a chance to explore the town of Sintra. This week I’ll continue to chase the rabbit. I have a feeling he’ll be having us stop at the Park and Palace of Monserrate. Oh, I forgot I never found Alice??