Quinta da Regaleira as My Internal World in Sintra

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Quinta da Regaleira. Sintra, Portugal.

Quinta da Regaleira. Sintra, Portugal.

Good evening. I am Doctor António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, and I am one those people who are called a lucky man. Right from my birth in Brazil, I had all that a human being needs for a happy life. My Portuguese parents were rich and healthy, and I was a rich and healthy boy. Later, I was sent to my historical motherland, Portugal, to study in the University of Coimbra. Graduated in law, I returned to Brazil to make from my parents’ money, much more money, by trading in coffee and precious stones. One day, people gave me the nickname, Millionaire. Was it enjoyable? Maybe, but every day I remembered my student life in Coimbra; it was more enjoyable and interesting.

My friend Luigi Manini and I often sat in a cafe talking about Templars, Rosicrucians, Masons, etc. Esotericism is a very interesting topic. No one knows for sure what is it, where is it, and how is it. Everyone can say what he thinks and no one can catch him in a lie. How could we know that in the future all our conversations would result in the birth of the unique garden, villa, and chapel in the town of Sintra, Portugal; our Palácio da Regaleira would be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and people would remember me not as Monteiro the Millionaire, but as doctor Carvalho Monteiro, the creator of one of the most unusual and mystical gardens in the world?

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Monsanto: the Most NON-typical Portuguese Village

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In the medieval Monsanto Village. Portugal.

In 1938, the Portuguese gave the village of Monsanto the title of “the most Portuguese village of Portugal.” It is strange. During this visit to Portugal, we drove about 1.500 km exploring the historic places of Idanha-a-Velha and other central provinces of Portugal, and never saw anything similar to this “typical” Portuguese village. All other Portuguese villages and towns, at least in these regions, are made of white stone from roofs to sidewalks.

Monsanto Village is unique both for Portugal and Europe. The village seems not to have changed since medieval times. It is a museum like the Belgian town Bruges. I’d say this is the most NON-typical village in Portugal.

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Castles of Bohemia: Bezdez

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Bezdez Castle. Bohemia, Czechia.

Why Bezděz Castle? Because it is not so famous as Karlstein, Konopiště, or Křivoklát, and it is closed from the first of November. We didn’t want to find a crowd of tourists there. We’d like to feel this place without witnesses in November.

Bezděz castle is located on a hill with a small village at the foot. Citizens of that village are normal enough people, so they want to make some money doing nothing. With that goal in mind they installed on every corner of their village the signs “Stopping and parking is forbidden” and a big billboard at the entrance informing every tourist that there is not one free parking place in Bezděz Hrad, but only paid ones. OK, no problem. We are ready to help the local people to live better.

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