We traveled down south to the coast (Lagos) which was beautiful and we went to the most SW corner of Europe where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet. We rented a cute older house for the 6 of us. From there we went to 2 old inland cities to wander around the castles and within the fortress walls. The food was amazing and we had a fantastic time. Here are the photos to prove it.
|The beach at Lagos. Too cold to swim, but we didn't have to deal with many other tourists.|
|We took a boat trip that drove us all around these interesting rock formations. Would be a great place to climb (although the rock seemed like it might be a bit crumbly)|
|The SW end of Europe. Yes, I know just another cliff overlooking the water. But it was still cool to be there.|
|Stork nest (I believe) on the top of an old crumbling church. I cannot imagine any government having sufficient funds to maintain and restore all of the old beautiful buildings, but it is too bad. Good for the story I guess!|
|Pena Castle also on the very top of the hill in Sintra. The bus up here is almost the most exciting thing about the visit, the road is super steep and narrow with many tight turns. You feel like at any moment you will just tip over.|
|I want this for my house!|
|Looking up toward the main square in Sintra. The upper white building was another royal palace that is now a museum.|
|Looking up the hill from the main square. You can just make out the Moorish Castle walls at the top of the mountain.|
Next stop Croatia by way of Serbia and Bosnia (we drove). I have already been and am back, but will give you all a chance to digest this and then post the next trip. Equally as good!