If you ever have a chance to go to Portugal, you will definitely find out that, everywhere you go, at every turn you make, you will stumble upon a palacio. Palaces are abundant, and the architectural details, including intricate statues and numerous murals of tiles - called azulejos - are absolutely breathtaking! The incredible growth of palaces were a true testimony to the riches brought by our important role in the discoveries and our claim to new territories... The royalty who ruled Portugal for nearly 1100 years - until the early 20th century - occupied many of these palaces, and left a tremendous heritage that can still be enjoyed today: many of these palacios have become pousadas, wonderful bed and breakfasts that very often feature the best Portuguese cuisine available in the country!!! If you ever make plans to visit Portugal, drop me a line and I will be more than happy to give you some wonderful recommendations!!!