Portugal Moments: A Photo Essay

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Destinations, Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Welcome to week 261 (1/7/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday, and our first post from Portugal, and of the new year. Last week was a huge miss because my site was under attack by hackers trying to break in, so my host took the site down. I don’t get how the tech people can’t see what’s going on, and honestly, the guy I pay to look after this stuff is turning out to be rather useless. I think it’s time to look for a new techie. Okay, enough about my tech woes. Since arriving in Europe on December 25th, I have taken 3433 photos (not including Instagram!). This week I want to share with you a few of my favorites from my time in Lisbon. Enjoy!

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In the courtyard at Lisbon’s National Azulejo Museum. Their tile collection is fantastic, and beautifully presented. This museum is a must visit if you’re in Portugal.

Courtyard at the National Tile Museum

Tiles do tell a story!


Tiles Tell a Story


A short train ride from Lisbon brings you to the fairy tale town of Sintra, and the amazing Pena National Palace. This shot makes me want to recite Rapunzel!


Pena Castle


A charming castle door; don’t you love the colors? !


Pena Castle Door


A stunning Sintra window!


Sintra Window


A beautiful Lisbon view directly across the street from the Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva (Lsbon’s Museum of Decorative Arts) in Alfama.


Lisbon View, Alfama


I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief glimpse of Portugal, and there is lots more to come! Have you been to Lisbon or Sintra? Do you have a favorite memory or photo?

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  1. Happy New Year! great photos! I love Lisbon!

    • Hi Tanja! Lisbon is high on my list of favorite cities. I loved every moment.

  2. Portugal is beautiful! I love the colours – so vibrant and rich.
    Wish you the best for 2016, Nancie! More travel and more TPThursdays!

    • Hi Marcia! Happy New Year to you, too! Glad to have you back. I hope you’re lucky enough to have lots of travel plans in your 2016 future!

  3. I do love the colours of the castle door. The thing I loved most about Lisbon was the colour. The Jacaranda trees were flowering in Spring when we were there which mixed beautifully with the pastel colours on the buildings.

    • Hi Jan! Yes, the colors in Lisbon are soul inspiring. After Seoul, which probably could take a prize for the number of gray buildings, Lisbon warms the heart!

  4. I haven’t been to Portugal but I love your photos. That courtyard is beautiful!

    • Hi Jill! Thank you! Portugal is an amazing country. I loved Lisbon, and I’m now in the Algarve. Loving it!

  5. I did wonder if it was me, as I have had computer woes as well, or if TPT was ‘missing in action’. Glad to have you back and I’ve loved following your adventures on FB. We loved, loved, loved Sintra and had only a day there; we said then, if nothing else brought us back to Portugal, this fairy-tale place would! Continue the reports – love them!

    • Hi Jackie! Yes, I was annoyed at missing a Travel Photo Thursday. Fingers crossed that all is okay again, but you know how fickle hosts can be! Sintra is amazing, and i really want to go back when the weather is nicer and see more. The town and the castle really does give a whole new meaning to fairy tales!

  6. We visited Sintra a few years ago. It was so pretty that we fantasized about how nice it would be to live there. Pena National Palace and the Moorish Castle were our favorite spots, but there is so much more to see that we know we must return.

    • Hi Linda! I want to go back again, too. The rain and wind limited what I could see and do. Can’t wait to see everything the town has to offer on a sunny day (or at least no rain and wind!) 🙂

  7. Sorry about your hack-attack, Nancie. Sinatra is so beautiful isn’t it… I want to see much more of Portugal. Happy new year 🙂

    • Happy New Year, Sophie! My fingers are crossed that the attacks have stopped. Loved Sintra, and loving Portugal.

  8. There’s something about Portugal that calls me more than any other European country (well, Croatia is fighting for my attention just as much). I think it’s the colorful roofs and architecture and the fact that it’s not mentioned as much as other countries. Your photos are encouraging me to go!

  9. I love the colours (especially the tiles). Sorry to hear about you site woes. Christmas is prime time for hackers (people on vacation).

  10. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Portugal as a travel destination. Friends of mine travelled there a few years ago and raved about it. From your gorgeous photos I think I would love to visit. Very colourful and vibrant. 🙂

  11. So many great photos! I am seriously considering a visit to Portugal this year (and more Spain, of course). I want to visit the same places you have shown in here (and the Algarve too).

  12. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Portugal. We loved our brief visit. I’m still disappointed we missed each other by a few hours. We managed to visit Sintra and the Tile Museum too and loved both places. Lisbon is so charming and all those tiles and colors are so photogenic. Safe travels and look forward to seeing where else you’ll end up.

  13. Nancie, Such gorgeous shots. I love Portugal, but I’ve only gone in the winter. I need to go when it’s a little warmer outside.

  14. I’m glad that your site is back up as I did miss you last week. Portugal is lovely, especially that colorful castle in Sintra. I would love to visit sometime, and I bet you will be posting more enticing photos in the upcoming weeks. I had been wondering if you overlapped with Mary, but I see from her comment that you did not.

  15. I really love your ‘visual’ story…

  16. You’ve sold me on Portugal. I love the richness and the colours.


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