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Jun 23 2017

Fairy tale castles in Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal, just 15 miles from Lisbon, may be small, but it packs a powerful punch with a number of incredible castles and villas, many of them with exquisite gardens. The palaces and manors nestled among the forested mountains are stunning, and exploring them all could merit a stay of several days in Sintra. The town also makes for a great day trip from Lisbon; and while all the sights are worth seeing, these are some the castles that we think are the dreamiest.

                         Palacio Nacional da Pena

                                                     The Pena Palace; photo via

The Palacio Nacional da Pena is the most iconic sight of the Sintra skyline. Its colorful facade, which mixes an almost dizzying number of architectural styles, contains a well preserved 19-century summer home, but the big draw here is the stunning views from windows and terraces. On that note: It's a rather steep climb up to the palace—taxis and tuktuks are available, but we recommend bringing plenty of water and good walking shoes, because the ascent through lush gardens and forest is almost as wonderful as the views from the top. This is perhaps the most popular tourist site in Sintra, so get there early to avoid long lines—and to avoid intense heat in summer.


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May 2 2012

Five things you must do in Munich, Germany

Category: Megan Leader @ 06:04

When I started my study-abroad term in college, Munich wasn't a must-see city for me. It wasn't even on my radar, really, but in the planning process, my friend Laura and I did a little research and decided that it would be a nice place to visit. So, one weekend in November, we boarded an overnight train and made our way to Germany. More...

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Feb 8 2012

Appreciating your home state: a weekend trip to Asheville, North Carolina

Category: DestinationsMegan Leader @ 09:32

Of course there's nothing more exhilarating than experiencing new cultures and visiting other countries, but there is much to be said for making the most of where you are and what's nearby. It's important to appreciate your home state (as well as support your local economy), and that's why I love weekend trips. More...

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