Pálacio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, Portugal is one of the most stunning pieces of architectural whimsy ever constructed. Sintra, which sits just a half hour outside of Lisbon, is a spectacularly beautiful town in itself so allot at least a full day here. The castle, designed mainly in the country's Manueline style, displays intricately sculpted windows, perfectly paneled azulejo tiles, and Moorish influenced arches and detailing. Pena Palace was simply amazing and a definite must-see while in Portugal!
One of the most well-known and obvious details of the palace is this window with the depiction of a newt, symbolizing the allegory of creation of the world. (There I am trying to recreate its pose, haha)
Hiding in King Koopa's turtle shell! As I noticed all the quirky details it felt more like I had entered King Koopa's castle from the old Super Mario Bros. video game. (He was the spiky-shelled turtle enemy you had to beat at the end.)