I'm trying to bring humor into this journey by referring to my experience as the title of this post. This is clearly not your typical travel post but this is still part of my Everlasting Voyage so you're either with it or not!
I'm not sure if I have any men who read my blog posts but you're more than welcomed to leave if this makes you feel uncomfortable or disinterested in reading but if you have a loved one who may be in a similar situation, keep reading!
Although a bit different than most of my weekend adventures, last weekend the husband and I went to Portugal and spent some time in the majestic region of Sintra! I'll get to why it was different than most of my weekend trips later but this one was still one for the books! It was my husband's 30th birthday weekend so we had to make a trip of this occasion, as usual.
Sintra is located less than a hour West of Lisbon and was mentioned by Lord Byron as a "glorious Eden", which this hilltop town certainly is. What was once a traditional summer retreat for Portugal's kings is now a fairy-tale setting of rolling green hills and impressive palaces. Sintra is a great day trip from Lisbon but we decided to actually stay in the Sintra hills which was better than I imagined!
Castle ruins, tiny traditional villages, and beer that’s nearly free – A short description of what this past weekend looked like for me as I embarked on yet another short weekend adventure here in Europe. Working the whole Monday through Friday gig leaves me having to do frequent short trips that usually last 2-4 days depending if there is a Federal holiday or if I have any leave saved up. As much as I wish I could travel slower and stay longer, I find that weekend trips can fulfill my wanderlust as well. Also, traveling is not free, at least for me it’s not! So I’ll need to keep up with my work schedule if I want to continue traveling around Europe and beyond.