There was a large choice of historic palaces to visit and because my time was cut short in Lisbon, I had to choose just one.
The Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira was constructed in 1671 as a hunting lodge for João de Mascarenhas, 1st Marquis of Fronteira. The current Marquis of Fronteira still lives in the palace and opens certain parts to the public.
I took the metro to outside the city and then took a short taxi ride to the palace. There are English speaking tours led a few times a week.
The inside of the house had a fascinating history to it and the Room of Battles has hand painted scenes of the Portuguese Restoration War and the dining room had portraits representing Portuguese nobles.
As much as I liked the palace, the gardens were spectacular. The formal garden spans over 13 acres and there is a stunning display of Portuguese tiles that represent the different arts and mythological figures. My favorite part was the green water pool surrounded by busts of the Kings of Portugal. I just loved the colors and textures all around the garden including the yellow and green moss covered stone and I could have showed you 30 more photos.
The Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira is a must see when you go to Lisbon.
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New Eye Prefer Paris Photos for Sale
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
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New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
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