Old World Palaces And Castles

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Palaces and Castles

“ And if she asks you why, you can tell her that I told you, that I’m tired of castles in the air “Don McLean (I love that song)

Castles and palaces are pieces of the past. They are evocative of the people who lived in them many centuries ago. They are rich in folklore and history and often built with astonishing craftsmanship and innovative design. Here are some of the palaces that I have toured. Many of these photos were before I was blogging so less palace and more look I was there shots.

Alhambra – Granada, Spain

fullsizeoutput_5ea7Buckingham Palace – London, England

Buda Castle – Budapest, Hungary (view near castle)

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Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) – Venice, Italy

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Neuschwanstein – Hohenschwangau, Germany

Pena Palace – Sintra, Portugal

Peterhof, (known as Petrodvorets and Petergof) – Petergof ,Saint Petersburg, Russia

Pitti Palace – Florence, Italy

Prague Castle – Prague, Czech Republic

Schoenbrunn – Vienna, Austria

Trakai Castle – Trakai, Lithuania.

Palace Of Versailles, Versailles, France

Fly safe,

JAZ

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Ten Reasons To Go To Lisbon, Portugal

Ten Reasons To go To Lisbon, Portugal

It is important when in Lisbon to eat as many pastries as possible. There is a bakery on almost every corner. I had pastel de nata  for the first time at a Portuguese bakery with a very long line in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I cant wait to try them here.

Lisbon is one of the cheapest European cities.

Lisbon gets  3000 hours of sunlight every year.

Lisbon is well-known for its excellent street art. Everywhere you turn you will be amazed to see a creative  masterpiece.

Fado  is the traditional folk music of Portugal.  It is probably the most melancholy music you’ll ever hear and still somehow makes the ideal soundtrack for every trip to Portugal.

About a half hour by train from Lisbon is the fairytale town of Sintra. it is filled with castles, estates, palaces and amazing scenery.  The monarchy came here to enjoy the summer.

One of the 20th century’s great philanthropists, Armenian Calouste Gulbenkian, left much of his art and historic artifacts to his favorite city, Lisbon.  The museum now houses one of Europe’s most epic collections. There’s also an affiliated modern art museum nearby which I am interested in seeing.

Portugal seems to be in the second-tier in the wine world, right after France, Italy and Spain despite the famous Port Wine and even though Portuguese wines win the most prestigious awards every year. Chances are there is a great quality wine at a very reasonable price waiting for me.

See the Toree de Belem and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. This  15th-century monastery was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s “discovery” of India.  This Byzantine and Gothic tower stands out over the mouth of the Tejo, guarding the entrance to the city’s harbor

Go to the beach. Water is a big part of the Portuguese identity and mine too.

Fly safe,
JAZ