Sintra is a picturesque town set amidst he pine covered hills of the Serra de Sintra, just west of Lisbon. It is home to a lot of monuments and historic buildings because the slightly cooler climate attracted the nobility  and elite of Portugal who constructed palaces, extravagant residences and highly decorative gardens.

We caught the train from Rossio railway station in central Lisbon to Sintra, the journey taking around 45 minutes. 

Perhaps the most famous building there is the Palacio Nacional de Pena (The Feather Palace). It is a flamboyant complex that was commissioned by the very artistic King Ferdinand II. Each section of the exterior is individually styled with vivid colours, fine carvings and beautiful tiles and mosaics.

The palace is probably at the highest point in Sintra. We caught a bus from the centre of Sintra up the very narrow streets to the top. There are several hop-on, hop-off services which afford a circular route around the town and the option to visit several other landmarks and attractions.

Access to the palace is unlimited and in parts it is quite precarious. Health and safety there is, (rather refreshingly), not an issue and the narrow walls, arches and turrets made for great viewing places.

The Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros) could clearly be seen from the top of the palace and was one of the stops on the circular bus tour.

Sintra was a fascinating and beautiful place to visit. We spent the afternoon there and felt we should have spent a full day so we could have seen more of the town itself.

Trains between Sintra and Rossio are frequent and efficient and Rossio station itself is beautiful and more than worthy of a photograph.

When we returned it was twilight and had started to rain but we were thankful of a dry, if cloudy and windy few hours high up on the hills of Sintra.

Love Liz x

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Dress, by Braintree at From The Source

Coatigan, Gray & Willow at House of Fraser AW15 £89

Grey opaque tights, Charnos at UK tights

Hamble Oak brogues in dark tan leather, Clarks AW15 £60

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Visiting the beauty salon is something I do on a regular basis for waxing and eyelash tinting. It’s definitely functional rather than therapeutic, but that’s not to say I don’t enjoy it. My beautician Yvette, who has become a close friend, always remarks on my unflinching demeanour when she removes the wax strips, to which I can honestly reply, that any discomfort is over ridden by the fact I am lying down on a heated bed during the day.
Something of a treat.

My latest visit was a little different though because as well as my usual treatments, I had a Neom Organics massage. Neom is a dedicated well-being brand, (with women behind the brand and based locally in Harrogate as well as London), and all products are 100% natural and promise to relieve stress, calm and relax, aid sleep, boost energy and lift the mood.

Well-being is something I’ve given quite a lot of thought to lately, I’ve been taking more walks, drinking more water, taking multi-vitamins, reading more and putting the laptop away earlier. I feel so much better since making these small changes and definitely more relaxed.

But, nothing could compare with how relaxed I felt during these blissful 90 minutes.

There is a choice of three therapeutic Neom treatments, each consisting of guided breathing and meditation (a recording), shiatsu, cranio and Thai massage and reflexology.
After a short discussion, Yvette and I decided that the sleep and de-stress treatment was the one for me, the others being the Neom Energise Treatment and The Neom Happiness Treatment.

My treatment used, among others, a beautiful blend of lavender and jasmine oils within a warm wax which was massaged in from my scalp to my toes, including key relieving points on my head, face, neck and back.

I felt utterly relaxed and serene afterwards and could have easily and very happily fallen asleep.

Yvette is passionate about well-being and is completely dedicated to her clients, focussing particularly on their well-being. She has total belief in the products she uses and runs her business with integrity, only recommending what she truly believes will be of benefit to the client.

I can’t recommend this treatment or Yvette enough and the Neom products are divine, some of which I bought to use at home.
The treatment has set me up perfectly for my upcoming break with Adam.
My blog will also be taking a mini break for a few days, but follow me on Instagram and Facebook for updates and lots of beautiful photographs.

Love Lizzy x

Yvette Greenway
07712 591189
greenways@sky.com


This post was written in collaboration with Ocean Finance as part of their “Relax with Ocean” series. Ocean’s ethos is all about taking the stress out of everyday life.

This is one of my favourite purchases from last autumn and I wore it yesterday for a Harvest Festival mass to which I went with my friend Sally whose son attended with the rest of his primary school. We took the opportunity to have a cuppa and a catch up at her house afterwards, always enjoyable.

This fairisle dress is warm and comfortable and is a nice alternative to jeans and a jumper. I’m always on the lookout for wool-free woollies because wool makes me itch. Wool free knits are far and few between but Fat Face often has a good selection which is where this dress is from. 

My Chelsea Boots are also from last autumn. I was so pleased to find navy boots because it’s a colour I wear more frequently than black. These are brilliant just for pulling on and heading out.

I added a cardigan (also Fat Face and also wool-free) and a scarf from last year’s boutique collection and was good to go.

The afternoon brought a delivery of beautiful flowers from Next. I was thrilled to have been chosen as their Blogger of the Month for September and the flowers are from them. It’s the October bouquet of the month and the pink gerberas and lilies and cream and pink roses are so soft and delicate and the cream enamel container is just lovely.

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Love Liz x

Outfit details
Fairisle dress, Fat Face AW14
Cardigan, Fat Face, AW13
Scarf, What Lizzy Loves Boutique, AW14. There is a very similar one this season with multi coloured flowers.
Navy opaque tights, Marks and Spencer, AW15
Chelsea Boots, Marta Griffin, Clarks AW14
Flowers, October Bouquet of the Month, Next Flowers.

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