An official from Portugal...first official from there
Sintra is both a town and municipality, located in the district of Lisbon. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture.
The card shows the Pena National Palace from the 19th century.
The Palace of Pena is entered through an impressive stretch of gardens with lakes and follies; a great place for a picnic or a stroll. At the top of the Park is fabulous Palace of Pena, a Disney-esque Palace within its pink, yellow, grey and red silhouette and with monsters guarding doorways. Built in 1840s by German architect Baron Eschwege to the specifications of Dom Fernidand of Saxe- Coburg- Gotha, this fabulous Palace served as a love nest for him and his wife Queen Maria II.
The interior of Palace is no less surprising. The rooms are full of imaginative ornate and in some cases suffocatingly detailed.
The terraces of Pena Palace have a spectacular view over Atlantic and Lisbon
Sintra's charms have long been celebrated. One of the people who did that is Lord Byron, in his "A Glorious Eden".
In the top right corner, there is a small verse added from the writing.
The verse here says: "...Lo! Cintra's Glorious Eden intervenes in variegated maze of mount and glen..."
The bird you can see, is actually glued to the card, which i found both odd and interesting....I wouldnt have thought of doing something like this, but it does fit in with the picture, and looks natural and not as if the sweet bird is an intruder :) It says it's a Greenfinch, a bird widespread throughout Europe, North Africa and South West Asia.