E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Pena Palace, Sintra

Pena Palace, Sintra

A distant view of the Pena Palace at Sintra, taken from the Moorish Castle .. which is also perched on top of the Sintra Hills.

I hope the various pictures I've shown have given you an idea of how special Pena is. There is plenty more to see.

The whole are of Sintra has been designated a World Heritage Site The Cultural landscape of Sintra

If you do ever visit the palace it's probably a good idea to do as the guides suggest, and time your arrival for either early in the day or later in the afternoon. During the middle of the day in the tourist season it can get quite busy and there may be queues to see the residential parts, although wandering around the outside is easy and stressless. Cameras cannot be used indoors.

Cars can be taken most of the way to the Palace, along the longest cobbled road I've ever seen, the last climb to the Palace is quite a steep but beautiful walk, there are little trams that run too.

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Pena Palace, Sintra

A distant view of the Pena Palace at Sintra, taken from the Moorish Castle .. which is also perched on top of the Sintra Hills.

I hope the various pictures I've shown have given you an idea of how special Pena is. There is plenty more to see.

The whole are of Sintra has been designated a World Heritage Site The Cultural landscape of Sintra

If you do ever visit the palace it's probably a good idea to do as the guides suggest, and time your arrival for either early in the day or later in the afternoon. During the middle of the day in the tourist season it can get quite busy and there may be queues to see the residential parts, although wandering around the outside is easy and stressless. Cameras cannot be used indoors.

Cars can be taken most of the way to the Palace, along the longest cobbled road I've ever seen, the last climb to the Palace is quite a steep but beautiful walk, there are little trams that run too.

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comments (12)

Oh, wow, it's pretty. I would have tried cropping, 'cause the rock in the front is a little distracting. May be getting rid of both the bottom and a piece of sky, to get half green and half light blue, with the castle in the middle? Regardless, good eye!
EJWilkins: Hi Samira and thanks. I did try a crop without the rocks, but it lost all sense of perspective, so I left them in.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 20 Dec 2006, 02:20
Lovely shot,yep I would have thought of cropping the rock out smile

Suby
EJWilkins: Thanks Suby, I did think of cropping them out but the picture lost all sense of perspective without them, and looked as if the Palace was much closer than it in fact is/was. It also lost the sense of 'splendid isolation' ;-)
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 20 Dec 2006, 05:59
It is good to see the whole thing finally. It looks surprisingly normal from a distance.
EJWilkins: Hehe, yes I suppose it does look very normal, if you ignore the pink paint. wink
Hi Ellie, sorry not to come as often as I would but I'm so busy at the moment... I've seen your coms on my blog and would like to thank you... It's seems to be a special place, isolated but calm, no ? Cool picture Ellie !
EJWilkins: Hey, that's all right Florence, it's good to see you. smile No need to apologise, I think everybody's a bit busy at the moment, I know I am. Thankyou so much fpr sparing the time to leave a comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Dec 2006, 09:53
It had to come - the whole thing. Funny towers, colours and everything - that german was reliving all his fantasies when he designed this.

About the rock - i disagree since it is a distant view. The rock breaks monotony as it is. The alternative would be a lot less distant view - otherwise you would have too much green stuff.

Great capture
EJWilkins: My thoughts too Louis, which is why the rocks are still there. I think this gives some idea of how isolated the Palace is, and also how very high up. Imagine it as a religious house ...
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 20 Dec 2006, 10:26
Lovely stuff ellie. if i ever get to europe this would have to be on the list of must see sites i think. no need to crop the rock out i don't think. i like the light on it and it gives some nice context. if you were to crop i would think either side or both of the pena.
EJWilkins: Thanks Nev, and message received wink That's possibly the only other crop that would have worked, and it makes it look absolutely 'on top of the world' Thanks.
awesome scene here.
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal smile
nice perspective shot! it looks very tropical.
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun, it is sort of tropical, but not quite. The forest around the Palace are a National Park and contain huge trees, including some eucalyptus. The climate is amazing just there ... more of that another day when I show a couple of pictures of Sintra itself.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 20 Dec 2006, 15:28
I actually like the foreground rock as well, Ellie, because it gives me a bearing for where you must have been standing. This shot definitely gives the feel of how this is way out in the middle of nowhere! Not easily accessible! It's been a great journey. smile
EJWilkins: Hi Ginnie, this is one of those pictures that I wasn't sure where to put ... at the beginning or at the end. I like to think I got it right, because we didn't see this view ourselves until after we'd been to the Palace, and it brought everything together for us. It isn't easilyy accessible, but there is a single, very winding cobbled road all the way up fro the town of Sintra. You can drive much of the way and then walk; you can walk up through the forest, take a bus/coach/tram ... I can't remember what they called them .. or use one of the horse drawn carriages that wait near the National Palace in the centre of Sintra ... you'll see one of those some time soon wink
Beautiful. I like the depth the foreground rock gives as well. Thanks for all your tips hope to get there someday.
EJWilkins: I hope you get there Josie, and bring away wonderful memories too. smile
Hi there Ellie. I'm sure that if you wanted us to see a cropped pic, you would have done it. This is agreat view as is and very well photographed. You have done a good job indeed. Warmest wishes, Neil.
EJWilkins: Thanks Neil, you're a true gentleman. smile ... and you're right, the only other viable option (for me) would have been to lose the skyline on the right and leave the palace perched there in isolation on it's mountain peak.
I'm going with the rocks - would have like to see a few more in the foreground if anything wink nice shot Ellie
EJWilkins: That's good smile because 'they were there' and there didn't seem any point in getting rid of them. I think it would have been quite a boring shot without the rocks, and with little sense of distance.

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