Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Scary Europe On Halloween

The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland?  No!  It's the Quinta da Regaleira estate in Sintra, Portugal, also known as the "Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire".  A very freaky, Gothic, gargoyled, twisty-towered, dungeons-and-caves sort of place.

Can you see the hand reaching out of the stone coffin above?  That's my son being funny at the roofless Carmo Convent and Church in Lisbon.

Above, mummies at the Carmo museum.

This scary guy glares down at tourists at the Pena Palace, also in Sintra, Portugal.

A carnival costume in Venice.

Skulls at the Bone House in Hallstatt, Austria, where the residents of this small town have hand-painted and then stacked and displayed the bones of their dead since the 12th century.

My kids thought the idea of eating this fish, which was for sale at the public market in Madrid, was pretty scary.        H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N ! ! !

Check out the Halloween tricks and treats today and tomorrow at Traci Suppa's fun blog Go Big or Go Home!  She's got one of my photos featured on Thursday - click here!


  1. With all due respect. Palace of Monteiro, is wonderful piece of art. It's rich in symbolism... The architecture and symbolism tells many stories and contains allot of knowledge. It's a bit sad that you see it as " A very freaky, Gothic, gargoyled, twisty-towered, dungeons-and-caves sort of place."

    Kind Regards

    A.M Monteiro

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! You are absolutely right - our visit to the Palace of Monteiro was one of our favorite sights in Portugal. It is a fascinating structure with gardens of indescribable beauty and mystery. I think my kids would have spent several more hours there if it wasn't already closing time. I have yet to write a blog post about the Palace but hope to soon, because I have 100s of gorgeous photos and because I want to recommend it as a "must-see" attraction for visitors to Sintra. As for my cheeky Halloween comment, it was more or less just to draw some attention to this unusual place. Thanks again for your comment!

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