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On Sunday meeting we visited very beautiful and unique palaces and castles of Sintra.
Aires already showed the main view of beautiful Palace of Regaleira . My version is slightly different. I am interested here less on the Palace itself but rather on the magnificent fern trees. Large ferns belonging to the family Dicksoniaceae are found growing in tropical and subtropical areas as well temperate rainforests in Australia, New Zealand, and other island groups nearby. I haven't seen them before (I have plans to see them in their natural habitat).

Quinta da Regaleira is an estate located near the historic center of Sintra, Portugal. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO within the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra". Along with other palaces in this area (such as the Pena, Monserrate and Seteais palaces), it is one of the principal tourist attractions of Sintra. It consists of a romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park featuring lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions.

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