Sintra, Portugal

Sintra sits in the hills north-east of Lisbon, only a 30 minute train ride away from the city. The trees and castles of Sintra are a refreshing contrast to the traffic and building work in Lisbon.  The National Palace of Pena is one of the most bizarre places we have ever visited – a combination of grandeur, artistry and history, with brightly coloured walls that make you feel like the building is an escapee from Disneyland.  The Castle of the Moors is far more traditional.

 

Malmöhus, Malmö

A fascinating and bizarre mix. It is a mixed bag of castle, dungeon, royal palace, art gallery, textile and contemporary design exhibition space.  Masses of history intermingled with art and design.  These shots include: an exhibition of paper art by Karen Bit Vejle; creations by design students from Tillskärarakademin; Swedish designed furniture; and Swedish modern art.

 

 

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

Originally built in 1606 as a summerhouse – some summerhouse! It now houses the Danish Crown Jewels and is guarded by the Royal Life Guards.  Each day there is a changing of the guard between  Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace.  The guards leave Rosenborg at 11.30am and march to Amalienborg for the ceremony at 12noon. The Rosenborg garden is the oldest Royal Garden in Denmark.