from the back of the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais in Sintra. What a beautiful property.
The view from the hotel up to Pena Palace.
Wandered by the pool to meet a couple of old friends and make a couple new ones on our first day in Portugal. The rest of the gang is on the veranda behind the hedge.
While wandering the grounds of Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais I couldn't resist the roof of this garden shed agains the backdrop of lemon trees. The sun was a little harsh, but what the heck.
In all directions
Another view of this garden shed at the hotel. I liked the colors and the shadow the roofline made.
Frozen open, frozen shut
I have no idea where this little rabbit hole goes, but it was too cute to pass by. It's in a wall next to the garden shed in the hotel grounds. Who needs a locking door on a wall? So intriguing.
Garden paths at the Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais - wonderful tow alk here and be transported in time.
The town of Sintra as seen from the gardens of Quinta da Regaleira. The two cones are chimneys of a royal palace.
The tree stopped me in my tracks. The tiny buklding and the view were just bonuses. From the grounds of Quinta da Regaleira
More secret stairs at Quinta da Regaleira. I always chose these little ways around rather than the big avenues.
One of the broad avenues at Quinta da Regaleira. We didn't stick to these although they were quite beautiful.
aka an inverted tower, this was never used as a water source, but for Masonic ritual involving tarot and other strange rites.
To the Shire
Like something in a fiary tale, this was one of the more magical paths at Quinta da Regaleira.
Another view of one of the main pathways at Quinta da Regaleira. I love the walls that sculpt the hill into something managable.
The horns of a dilemma
Should I take a break on a bench, explore a hobbit hole or take the stairs?
I can only wish for more time to explore the grounds at Quinta da Regaleira - to have lived here and built all of it out of your imagination must have been amazing.
Betraying our identity
It's a shame that people can only feel good about themselves by destroying or defacing beautiful things.
Susan trying to choose
Keep going along the wall, or sneak along another pathway down the hill? Either way is a great choice.
I just couldn't get enough of all the ups and downs of the garden hills at Quinta da Regaleira. Glad I didn't have to explore them with sweeping skirts!
Carried on the air
More paths and passageways at Quinta da Regaleira. I love how the natural boulders and rocks form the foundation for the walkways.
Stairs leading down from a decorative turret at Quinta da Regaleira. The grounds are full of these kinds of whimiscal details. I can only imagine a courting couple walking here. Propinquity indeed.
The grounds of Quinta da Regaleira are full of secret stairways and passages. It is a huge estate built by António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro in the late 1800s.
A tunnel under the grounds at Quinta da Regaleira - it leads from the main ritual well to others, less elaborate and of darker intent.
Looking up from one of the more rustic ritual wells at Quinta da Regaleira. You can still walk up the staircase that circles the opening and look out one of the windows.