My immune system needs a stern talking to! I keep getting sick when I travel. This time it's just a stupid sinus infection which the nice pharmacy worker sorted out with Portuguese afrin and sinus tabs. So that helped immensely.
I slept in for a bit, hit the pharmacy and then caught the train to Sintra. Apparently no one works the info booths on weekends so I was left to hit buttons until I found the right tickets, which was pretty simple.
As usual, I slept all the way to Sintra.
Sintra is beautiful and known for it's old architecture and many palaces.
I caught bus to the top of mountain to the Palacio de Pena after laughing at the mostly American tourists who paid 6 times as much for the tour bus version of the same local bus I took.
It rained a lot today so I didn't even foreclose to seeing all the palaces, not that I would have paid the fee for each one anyway. The line for the colorful Palacia de Pena was insanely long so I toothed advice of the ladies from my cooking class last night and spent my time at the Quinta de Regoleira instead. It's moremajedticbut lesscolorfuland thus less famous and crowded. It is filledwith hidden grottos and tunnels. When the rain started up again and the afrin started to wear off I caught the train home for a nap.
Now it is still raining the food near to me is bad, overpriced tourist grade paella and burgers so I will feast on cheez itz instead. I wish I had more timeatimed felt better. I onlygot to see maybe 20% of Sintra and 10% of Lisbon so I will have to come back someday when I have more time.
Tomorrow I have a couple of hours for sightseeing in the morning then a flight to Madrid and a train to Segovia to start the work part of my trip.