Buenas tardes de Madrid!

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Bella at the Parque del Buen Retiro

Today, we covered a lot of ground in Madrid because of the segway tour that we booked. Not the first time that we did this. In fact, it was one great discovery that we had when Arshad and I went on tour in Italy last year.

We covered several areas in Madrid in a span of three hours, which was physically impossible if done on foot. Walking tours are good, but segway tours are amazing!

For this trip, we booked through Segway Fun (http://www.segwayfun.es/en/). It was a private tour customized for me and Arshad so there was no waiting for other people and we chose the areas where we wanted to go to.

This photo was taken at the Parque del Buen Retiro, my favorite park in the whole of Madrid. I don’t mind coming back here early in the day to just read under a park bench!

The romance of the Pena Palace

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Pena Palace in Sintra on a bright spring-summer morning

According to Joao, our friendly Portuguese tour guide, it was a very good day. Sometimes, visitors come in the area and the castle isn’t visible because of the fog and the mist. Today, everything was clear. Everything was picture perfect.

The Pena Palace or Palacio Nacional da Pena in the municipality of Sintra, Portugal is a Romanticist castle perched on top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains. It is now considered a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. This was the summer palace of Portugal’s royalty.

When visiting Lisbon, an out-of-town visit to nearby Sintra to see the Pena Palace is something that you shouldn’t miss!

Ola, Cascais!

Bella in Cascais Portugal

Today was a full day. After going to Sintra to visit the Pena Palace, I went to Cascais.

Cascais is a coastal municipality which is 30 kilometers away from Lisbon. It used to be a sleepy fishing village that became a popular vacation place for tourists. This also used to be the royal family’s resort in the 19th and 20th century.

There are a lot of hotels, restaurants, bars and local shops in the area. I highly recommend spending 2 days here after Lisbon.

Bom dia, Lisbon!

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Bella at the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Today is my second day in Lisbon. I’ll be here for a few more days before heading out to Spain. The weather is spring perfect!

So far, so good. Experience maravilhosa!