Initiation Wells

The unique architecture of the Quinta de Regaleira combines a wealth of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance features, however one of its most fascinating features is located beneath the ground – a pair of wells spiralling deep within the earth. The pair of wells, known as the ‘Initiation Wells’ or ‘Inverted Towers’, consist of ‘windingContinue reading “Initiation Wells”

Fairytale in vivid colour

Here’s lots more colourful pictures taken at the magical Pena Palace in Sintra. From exotic bird of paradise plants to Moorish turrets and a child’s paintbox palette, the palace is a tourists dream. All set against a perfect blue sky we couldn’t have picked a better day to immerse ourselves in the crazy world ofContinue reading “Fairytale in vivid colour”

Magical Megalochori

Megalochori is our next stop and it’s another picturesque village. Its existence is recorded all the way back to the 17th century. Home to historical mansions, old traditional houses and wine canavas it is a colourful, traditional little place. Apparently it has a history of merchants exporting the Vinsanto wine that the island still produces. One striking featureContinue reading “Magical Megalochori”

That iconic snap

Onwards with our whistle stop tour of gorgeous little Oia (pronounced EE ah). The town reached the peak of prosperity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its prosperity was based on its merchant fleet, which traded in the Eastern Mediterranean. The two-story captains’ houses built on the highest part of the village are aContinue reading “That iconic snap”

Colours of Greece

Mooching around the back streets of Santorini’s capital city Fira we encounter endless splashes of colour, from tea towels to pottery. The turquoise of this door frame contrasts deliciously with the salmon pink of the begonias. Meanwhile Neil adopts his usual role as human photo prop and delicate ceramic bells jingle beguilingly from a shadyContinue reading “Colours of Greece”

Cliff top views

One of the best ways to appreciate the stunning views over the caldera and to experience some of the exquisite (and expensive) cave house hotels is to walk the clifftop between Fira and Oia. It will apparently take you three hours to cover the 9 km distance from Fira to Oia. However, we didn’t make it allContinue reading “Cliff top views”

More Mostar markets!

Before we headed back to Croatia, we had time to mooch around some more of the picturesque little stalls that line the main cobbled street of Mostar. From colourful slippers to beaten copper work, tiny traditionally attired dolls to artwork, there’s almost too much to take in. Colourful wooden instruments make interesting (and custom friendly)Continue reading “More Mostar markets!”