We landed in Lisbon two days ago, our first landfall after 8 days on the sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Our crossing has been very pleasant, mostly sunny but not warm days with only a little rocking.
We had been in Lisbon for 3 days about 3 years ago so we decided to take the train to Sintra. We decided to get there ourselves with 3 other couples from the ship. We took the Metro to the train station (€1.45 cost) and then the train to Sintra (€3.80 round trip with senior discount) then walked to the 343 bus to go up to the Pena Palace (€5.50 for the loop). When we got there we purchased a ticket to the palace and another ticket for the tram up the steep hill to the entrance (€31 total). This journey took 2.5 hours.
Sintra was the summer home for the Portuguese royal family. This is were the Pena Palace is located on the top of hill overlooking the town. The palace was a renovation of the old monastery that was on the top of the hill. King consort Ferdinand II decided to build it for a summer palace for the royal family. It was completed in 1854. In 1889 it was purchased by the state and turned into a museum. It is a very ornate design called Romanesque Revival. As you can see from the photographs there were many arches and tiled walls.
David and I brought our lunch to save time.
We left Lisbon as the sun was setting over the long suspension 25 of April bridge. We left to sail to Le Havre France.