Sintra, Portugal: A Day Trip to See the Famous Castles & Palaces of Sintra

When in Lisbon you must make a day trip to see the famous castles of Sintra. Here are the best palaces & castles to visit in Sintra, Portugal.


THE CASTLE CIRCUIT: THE PALACES OF SINTRA, PORTUGAL, YOU MUST VISIT AS A DAY TRIP FROM LISBON
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Castles rising from rippling mountains. Palaces peeking out from peaked pine hills. Mansions encircled by exotic gardens brimming with luscious flora. Ruins coated in lichen and moss. It’s no exaggeration to say that the picturesque town of Sintra, the Moon Hill, is like a jewel box, especially when you realise that this tiny town is full of gems: a glittering collection of national monuments ranging from colourful castles, gothic mansions, Moorish fortresses, and imposing palaces. 

Back in the day, Sintra was the playground of the nobility and elite for the fresher air, cooler climate (thanks to the town’s elevated position in the hills of Serra de Sintra) and evocative landscape. These enticed the 1% to build the exquisite homes and gardens which form the famous “palace circuit” that have established Sintra as the must-do side trip from Lisbon. You’ve seen my pictures from when I visited Pena Palace (left), here are the other palaces and mansions I saw, as well as how to make Sintra a day trip from Lisbon and how to get around this beautiful town.


VISIT PORTUGAL • PARQUES DE SINTRA 
June 15, 2018

Sintra, Portugal: A Day Trip to See the Famous Castles & Palaces of Sintra

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Sintra, Portugal: Pena Palace

No need to adjust your sets: the famously colourful Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal; is indeed a technicolour dream castle. Read more on Posh, Broke, & Bored.



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Pena Palace is a sight that seems all too familiar even to those who have never been to Sintra, Portugal. The utter wackiness of this castle - a hedonistic hodge-podge of architectural styles and colours that resembles a box of oversized crayons - has more than made the rounds on postcards (and its modern day equivalent: the holiday snaps on social media) to the point where many who cross the threshold of this famous palace for the first time are struck by deja vu. But unlike a dream, the reality of Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal; is more fantastical, more lurid, and more unbelievable than the imagination can conjure...

VISIT PORTUGAL • PARQUES DE SINTRA 


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June 11, 2018

Sintra, Portugal: Pena Palace

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Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

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Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City


IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FAITHFUL: FOLLOWING THE PILGRIMS TO FATIMA, PORTUGAL'S HOLIEST CITY


Now, let me preface this with the disclaimer that I am neither here nor there on religion, that is, I’m not quite a heretic destined for eternal damnation nor am I meek enough to inherit the earth; but rather one of the “fence-sitters” of the religious world - an agnostic. I’m not foolish enough to believe only what I can see with my own eyes yet I also possess a healthy dose of skepticism - the latter of which I believe to be my form of self-preservation, because, well, you can’t be disappointed or let down by something you didn’t truly believe in, can you?

But whatever my fluctuating position on faith, religion, and divinity, what I witnessed in Fatima, Portugal; was nothing short of a modern day miracle.


VISIT PORTUGAL •  SHRINE OF FATIMA

June 08, 2018

Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

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Lisbon, Portugal: 24 Hours in Lisbon

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24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO

Summer is nearly upon us in the Northern Hemisphere which, for the adventurous but time-pressed, means sun-soaked city breaks. No continent is better suited for a “little in-out” than Europe. But first; an anecdote that may go some way to explaining my “too much” gene. A few weeks ago mummy dearest travelled all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (where we are from) to London...just for the Chelsea Flower Show. Upon realising that crossing 8 time zones over a 13 hour flight just to look at some plants seemed like much ado about nothing, she decided to make the most of being on my side of the world by visiting a country she’d never been to before - Portugal. And so, we spent a week in Lisbon, Sintra, Fatima, and Porto; which I can assure you was far more fulfilling than perusing peonies or contemplating chrysanthemums (oh, and did I mention that I suffer from severe hayfever? Kill me). I digress. Whether or not you have EXTRA AF family & friends visiting or just fancy nipping over for a change of scenery, here is my guide on WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO WITH 24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL.


June 05, 2018

Lisbon, Portugal: 24 Hours in Lisbon

24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO Summer is nearly upon us in the Norther...

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 1: Living Room

Interiors: Part 1 of my London Apartment Home Tour - Living Room



LONDON LIVING - MY LONDON APARTMENT 
'HOME TOUR',  PART 1: LIVING ROOM 

NINE ELMS, LONDON

It seems almost inconceivable that someone who travels as much as I do - in 2017 I clocked up 14 countries and 34 cities, and despite my efforts to slow down in 2018 I might quite possibly surpass last year’s record - would have a home that isn’t just a jumble of luggage in the corner of a hotel room. Yet the opposite is true. Despite constantly being on the road I have in fact two permanent residences; one in Malaysia and one in the UK. My modest 2-bedroom apartment in Nine Elms, London; is by far my favourite. While my flat is what some might call “cozy”, what it lacks for in size it more than makes up for by being a microcosm of everything that I love - in other words: How much junk can I fill a small flat with? The answer is: quite a fair bit.

It has taken me more than half a year to find the time to decorate my London flat (the property completed last Summer, but almost immediately I took off for my Balkans road trip and then I had return to Malaysia for 6 months to take care of some personal matters) but I have finally finished furnishing and decorating my home. Interiors are of course a constant work in progress as one refines one’s taste, adding and removing objects and elements as one goes along. For now, my home reflects my personal style at this point in my life. It has also finally reached a point where my home feels less like a pit-stop in between travel destinations, and more like a haven that I simply don’t want to leave.


May 14, 2018

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 1: Living Room

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Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots

Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots


THE EIGHT I ATE: 8 OF MY FAVOURITE 
BRUNCH SPOTS IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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If there ever was a hill to die on, it would be the Melbourne food scene. And what a delicious hill. Melbourne cafe culture is some of the best in the world - for that, you can thank the Italian community and their love of coffee - and extremely competitive, to boot. The best meal of the day in Melbourne is arguably brunch, which Melburnians have elevated into an art form: from ridiculously photogenic superfood platters heaving with berries, grains, and seeds; to experiments with international flavours (2017 was the year of Korean-flavoured everything), to the hangover-friendly classic comforts of smashed avo on toast. I spent 3 weeks attempting to eat my way across the city and the suburbs, and although I hardly made a dent in the culinary offerings of Melbourne (I did say it was a hill to happily die on...), I can confidently recommend these 8 Brunch Spots in Melbourne that you must try the next time you are in town.

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May 08, 2018

Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots

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The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles

The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles



OR: AN EASY 6-STEP PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO OVERCOME THE CHALLENGE OF BEING STUCK BETWEEN CROWDS AND A HARD PLACE

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There’s only one thing that could potentially kill a relationship faster than a trip to IKEA* and that’s travelling with your beloved. Make it a day trip with an arduous 6 hour-round trip-drive to a much beloved tourist hotspot on the weekend, starring the immovable object (my boyfriend, the crowds) vs. the unstoppable force (me and my ardent desire to nail the perfect souvenir shot), and you’ve got a recipe for a nuclear breakup. But then again, I like a challenge and we love having adventures together, which is why we spent a Saturday driving from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles. Of course, everyone else also got the memo, which made getting that perfect “picture to remember” a challenge - but if there ever was a time to apply the only useful skill I learnt from 3 years at Central St. Martin’s, this would be it. Read on to learn how to overcome the challenge of crowds at famous travel destinations by blending two photographs in Photoshop to create the perfect scene.
 

*Unless, of course, you go in there with the following strategy: Do all the actual browsing online, make a shopping list and print it out to bring to IKEA. When you and your other half arrive, head first to the cafe for meatballs to stave of any hanger (that’s right, hunger + anger pangs). Bypass the black hole that is the Showroom and go straight to Marketplace to pick the small items. Then use the in-store picking service (this is where the shopping list comes in handy - just hand it to the staff and let them do the work) and arrange for next-day delivery AND assembly. Reward yourself with a dollar hotdog that tastes vaguely like plastic.You’re welcome.

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INSPIRED BY THIS MONTH’S #TRAVELLINKUP: TRAVEL CHALLENGES
May 02, 2018

The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles

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Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

Ever wanted to live out your best Japanese fantasy? I did just that, wearing a kimono in Gion, the most famous geisha district in all of Japan. This is my kimono rental experience in Kyoto.

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED CULTURAL APPRECIATION...

Warning: If you’re easily triggered you might want to skip this introduction and head straight for the pretty pictures. But then again if you’re the oversensitive sort you really shouldn’t be reading a site called “Posh, Broke, & Bored”... 

Now, I may not be an expert on identity politics nor the subtle nuances that separate “dressing up” vs. what some call “cultural appropriation” (but then again, when the thought police constantly shift the goalposts of what they deem acceptable, how does one expect to play the game? Well, that’s their whole point, but that’s another charged discussion for another day) but as a Far East transplant in the West I can tell you that us “Orientals” don’t waste time being offended when foreigners take an interest - however passing or superficial - in our culture. Why get mad when you can get mad money

Case in point: all across Japan, especially in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, locals have made the most of the tourism boom by opening kimono rental shops so that visitors can feel the fantasy when in Japan while receiving an education on the culture. Wearing kimono and yukata, even outside of Japan, is considered by the Japanese as appreciative and respectful of their culture when done properly and with reverence to the history and customs of the country. Keep your mind open, your intentions pure, your curiousity sincere, and your execution tasteful; and you not only open a dialogue with and engage with other cultures but also look bangin’ while doing it. This is my experience with wearing traditional Japanese kimono in the geisha district of Gion, Kyoto.

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April 18, 2018

Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED  “ CULTURAL APPRECIATION ” ... Warning:  If you’re easily triggered you m...

Melbourne, Australia: 8 Reasons Why I'm Moving to Melbourne, and Why You Should Visit





THE 8 SOLID REASONS WHY I'LL MOVE TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

(ALTERNATIVELY, 8 REASONS FOR YOU TO VISIT AND A MONTH'S WORTH OF THINGS TO DO)


Like rain clouds on a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the questions came rolling in thick and fast on Instagram messages: “Have you moved to Australia?!” Well, I could see how a month of Stories of me decorating and furnishing a new home from scratch could give off that impression. Melbourne is certainly a city I’ve grown up with: although I was born in Kuala Lumpur and spent my adult life in London, I spent much of my childhood visiting extended family there. From Box Hill to Toorak, the suburbs of Melbourne have been my stomping grounds for the best parts of three decades - if there was a city I could easily set up a base in, Melbourne would be it.

But the long and short of it is: No, I am not moving to Melbourne. At least, not on a full time basis in the near future. Although I have built a nest for two out of blood (his), sweat (ours), but no tears (working under pressure is our forte); and although I’ve grown incredibly attached to an apartment that was suppose to be just a flip, my heart (and my Permanent Residence) belongs to the UK. That said, the prospect of making Melbourne my third home is incredibly tantalising. Melbs, this is why - to quote a famous Aussie - 🎢 “I just can’t get you out of my head...” 🎢


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April 01, 2018

Melbourne, Australia: 8 Reasons Why I'm Moving to Melbourne, and Why You Should Visit

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Sabah, Malaysia: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sabah, Malaysia: An up close and personal encounter with an orangutan in its natural habitat at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.




DESPERATELY SEEKING A 'MAN OF THE FOREST' AT SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN SABAH, NORTH BORNEO

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How often does one get the opportunity to help a dear friend tick an experience off their bucket list in your home country, in a foreign (to them) language that you not only happen to be fluent in but one they’ve never heard you properly speak? Baby, this is my time to shine. I may have Dreamed of Africa but Luxy has always dreamt of Borneo since she was little: from her childhood dream of having an orangutan sanctuary in her back garden to having her own ape friend who’d follow her to school (I’m just cracking up at the visual of 12-year old her, dressed in a chantilly lace frock, hosting a tea party in the English countryside for orangutans wearing frilly bonnets. More tea, vicar? Ooh ooh aah aah!). Wish no more, baby, because YipAdvisor is about to make it her monkey business to make your dream a reality. It’s time to go bananas in Borneo...

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March 19, 2018

Sabah, Malaysia: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

DESPERATELY SEEKING A 'MAN OF THE FOREST' AT  SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN SABAH, NORTH BORNEO...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do

24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do




24 HOURS IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - 
WHAT & WHERE TO SEE, EAT, & DO


They said it couldn’t be done. That nobody could hit the ground running, straight off an overnight flight from Sydney to Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, and visit all the stops on my itinerary in less than a day; what with the infamous tropical humidity, heat, and the city’s notorious traffic to contend with. Well clearly they underestimate my determination to show a good friend (who finally took up my offer to visit me in Malaysia, since, like, forever) a much needed change of scenery and a whistle stop tour of the city I grew up in, as well as the prowess of my legendary travel planning. I’m not nicknamed YipAdvisor for nothing. Should you also find yourself in Kuala Lumpur for just a day, fret not - Luxy and I have done the footwork for you. Here is my itinerary for 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; with the added bonuses of what else we would have done had we not had other social engagements (Chinese New Year reunion dinner, I’m looking at you) as well as more Kuala Lumpur guides from other travel bloggers.


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March 09, 2018

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do

24 HOURS IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -  WHAT & WHERE TO SEE, EAT, & DO They said it couldn’t be done...