National Palace of Queluz and a visit to Cascais

September 10, 2015  •  5 Comments

On our last full day in Portugal we visited the National Palace of Queluz which was across the square from our hotel.  I went to the gardens and inside the palace.    In the afternoon a group of us took cabs to the seaside town on Cascais.   20141001_Ecuador_000120141001_Ecuador_0001 At six AM, you could hear the drums during the changing of the guards ceremony which was located just outside out hotel.  No problem for me as I was already up and outside.  

20141001_Ecuador_000220141001_Ecuador_0002 It was fun to watch the show.

20141001_Ecuador_000320141001_Ecuador_0003 This shot was taken from the gardens of the Queluz National Palace.  This is a photo of the Queluz Palace facade and the Triton fountain.  The palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza (future husband and then king consort to his own niece Queen Maria 1).  When Dom Pedro died in 1786, the Queen was hidden away in the palace due to "her descent into madness".  

20141001_Ecuador_000420141001_Ecuador_0004 A close up view.  Following the destruction of the Ajuda Palace in 1794, Queluz Palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent, John VI, and his family.  The palace remained their residence until the Royal Family fled to the Portuguese colony of Brazil in 1807 following the French invasion of Portugal.  

20141001_Ecuador_000520141001_Ecuador_0005 Starting in 1826, the palace slowly became out of favour with the Portuguese sovereigns.  In 1908, it became the property of the state.  There was a serious fire in 1934 which gutted the interior and therefore needed extensive restoration before it opened to the public as a major tourist attraction.  

20141001_Ecuador_000620141001_Ecuador_0006 The gardens were pretty impressive.  

20141001_Ecuador_000720141001_Ecuador_0007 I believe this room was the ballroom.

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20141001_Ecuador_001220141001_Ecuador_0012 The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art is based in the Gardens of the National Palace of Queluz.  We were fortunate to be able to watch the performance.  

20141001_Ecuador_001320141001_Ecuador_0013  Taken directly from the brochure " The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art was founded to uphold the teaching, practice and promotion of traditional  Portuguese equestrian art.  

20141001_Ecuador_001420141001_Ecuador_0014 The school has also reintroduced exercises from the baroque riding style, such as the "airs above the ground".  It was both beautiful and exciting to watch the show.  

20141001_Ecuador_000120141001_Ecuador_0001 The school uses Lusitano horses from the Alter Real Stud Farm, established in 1748 by King Joao V to supply the royal household and its riding school with horses.  

20141001_Ecuador_001520141001_Ecuador_0015 After spending the morning exploring the palace, some of us took a cab to visit the town of Cascais.  Cascais is a coastal town and a municipality in Portugal, about 30 kilometres west of Lisbon.  It is actually one of the richest municipalities in Portugal.  

20141001_Ecuador_002120141001_Ecuador_0021 Cascais is a former fishing village which gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family n the late 19th and early 20th century.  

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20141001_Ecuador_001920141001_Ecuador_0019 I had watched the Lab swimming and now it was time to dry off and have a snooze.

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There were a lot of old rowboats around with some interesting textures and colours.

20141001_Ecuador_002020141001_Ecuador_0020 After hanging around the beach we headed back to the town to check it out.  

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20141001_Ecuador_002320141001_Ecuador_0023 The​re was this very interesting colourful building.

20141001_Ecuador_002420141001_Ecuador_0024 We came across this beautiful bed and breakfast spot.  We wished that we had stayed here for a night or two.  

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20141001_Ecuador_002620141001_Ecuador_0026 Like many seaside towns there was a merry-go-around.

20141001_Ecuador_002720141001_Ecuador_0027 For our farewell dinner we ate in a restaurant overlooking the water.  

20141001_Ecuador_002820141001_Ecuador_0028 It was a fabulous dinner to end a great trip to Portugal.  Even though I spent two weeks there, I feel that there is so much more to see. 


Comments

Jane Jamison(non-registered)
Wonderful, as always. The horse images are totally amazing!
Bill Porter(non-registered)
incredibly well done!
luba citrin(non-registered)
Very nice architecture shots Marsha! And I love little girl's portrait shot.
Jo Anne Rosen(non-registered)
Marsha,
what a beautiful group of photos you have presented. I agree, it would be easy to go back and shoot a lot more. I loved every part of Portugal we were so lucky to visit and especially belong with such a fun, fun group.
Jo Anne
Lynn Muller(non-registered)
I especially liked 2 boats in what seemed like black water. I know it wasn't, but I love the way you did that. Great pics again, Marsha. It's wonderful travelling the world with you.
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