Tuesday 27 October 2009

Sintra twice

An interesting stamp and postmark this, because it's a joint stamp issue between Portugal and Turkey.  I only noticed because I'm particularly fond of the style of pottery shown.  France often does have joint issues of stamps with other countries but I've never noticed this happen in the UK.  That, however, means nothing.

This card has a partial French postmark because it went astray, for no apparent reason.  It is dated 3 April 2009.  Another set of attractive stamps.  I don't collect stamps but I do like all the different ones that come my way. 

The National Palace of Pena
Costa de Lisboa

Sintra as an entire town is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list because of its 19th century architecture blended with parks and gardens.  It is a very popular place for tourists to visit, especially as it's not too far from Lisbon.

The Pena Palace is one of the oldest buildings in the romantic style.  It was a monastery until the 18th century when it was struck by lightning and remained a ruin until rebuilt as a palace by Ferdinand II.
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  1. It's really quite stunning and somewhere I'd love to see.

  2. These are absolutely stunning! Your posts for this week have been exquisite and I'm sorry it took me a couple of days to catch up. I can't stop looking at the second postcard of the Pena Palace.

    I'm starting to feel more and more like it has to be Portugal!


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