Photographer's Note

The weather outside is frightful here in Ireland. Even if we occasionally have some sun shining, there is also a very strong cold wind. It feels exactly like in the movies showing the penguins in the Antarctic. So I don’t have any new photos from Ireland.
Few days ago I have been to Belgium. It was a one day trip (job interview) but there was some time left so I hoped to take at least one night photo. I calculated that I can spend no more than one hour in the beautiful Grote Markt, and I was really looking forward to it. One stop before the destination the train stopped. Long story short: all trains around Brussels stopped because somebody was hit by a train. It took only one hour but it was exactly this one hour which I had available. So without seeing Grote Markt I had to get back to the airport.
Since December 1st I am formally unemployed so in theory I have a lot of time for TE now but every time I do anything else than looking for a job I feel guilty. After a while of silence I decided that I deserve a break and some fun and that is why I searched my archives from the past...

Pena National Palace in Sintra not far from Lisbon is a paradise for a photographer. Indeed I have planned a whole day there and I took hundreds of photos. I have to say though that the place is very challenging. The shapes and colors are fantastic but you have to give it some extra thought to use them well. Plus crowds of people everywhere are not helping. That is why I did not show anything from this wonderful place before: I was simply not happy with what I got. But the place is so extraordinary that I really wanted to have a postcard presenting it in my TE gallery, so here you are.

The Pena National Palace (Portuguese: Palácio Nacional da Pena) is a Romanticist palace on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. It is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th century Romanticism in the world. The Pena Palace has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of the Romanticism. The intentional mixture of eclectic styles includes the Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Islamic and Neo-Renaissance. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4000 W: 91 N: 10402] (42891)
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