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A pretty picture of a pretty town in a pretty part of Portugal. This is Sintra – a picturesque town about 30 minutes drive north-west of Lisbon (depending on traffic which can be quite heavy in the morning and evening) which was once the royal town of Portugal and described by Lord Byron as a “glorious Eden” and “the most beautiful, perhaps in the world”.

It must still appeal to a lot of people because this is the 430th photograph of Sintra to be posted to TrekEarth!

There are lots of interesting churches, palaces and museums to visit in Sintra, but I enjoyed just wandering around its cobbled streets and taking in the historic atmosphere. Sintra is a very popular destination for day trippers from Lisbon, so parts of the town are quite crowded and touristy, but other parts, as you can see from this photograph, are much quieter and feel more ‘real’.

Sintra’s old town has been gazetted a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The citation for its listing reads thus:

In the 19th century Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding 'serra', created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe. (UNESCO World Heritage website).

I tried a few alternative exposures for this shot including a fill-flash to light up the tree trunk, but I liked it better without the fill-flash. Although the fill-flash exposed some interesting detail on the tree trunk, it took the eye away from the town in the background. There was no PP necessary except sharpening.

That is not a graveyard in the foreground. It is a small, somewhat overgrown citrus orchard behind someone’s house. From the presence of the cross, I assume one of the family members must be buried there.

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