Lisbon. What a destination. Great city, with wonderful ambience, and lots and lots to see and do. Crowded even in February, we were relieved to be there in the off-season.
We were so fortunate to be referred to a great driver and tour guide. Long story, but Ron and Diana, our house/dog sitters from Australia have good friends, Richard and Jo, who now live in Lisbon, that happened upon Mr. Ricardo a few years ago. We were fortunate enough to squeeze in dinner with Richard and Jo, and hope to stay in touch for many years, as Jo is planning a little trip to our home in France in a couple of weeks. Sometimes, it’s such a small world!
Ricardo was truly the smartest and most entertaining guide we could have hoped for. One of the places he took us was to the Pena Palace in Sintra. In 1838, Ferdinand II set out to transform the remains of an old monastery into a summer residence for the Portuguese royal family, seemingly to escape the putrid smells of the city in summer.
Here are some shots from our day with him.