Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal

This item appears on page 79 of the August 2009 issue.
Pena Palace, in Sintra, Portugal

Jews lived in Portugal for centuries, both during the Moorish period and after the Christian conquest. My husband, Jerry, and I took an excellent, 10-day customized tour of Portugal and Morocco, with an emphasis on the history and culture of Jews in both countries. We arranged it with Heritage Tours (New York, NY; 800/378-4555, In Portugal we visited Lisbon, Sintra and Ă“bidos. In Sintra, don’t miss the Pena Palace (pictured above, behind Nili); I have never seen anything like it except maybe at Disneyland. In Tomar, what had been a synagogue in the 15th century and then a prison is now a Jewish museum run by a lovely family. Our last stop in Portugal was Castelo de Vide, a beautiful walled town with a 13th-century synagogue. — NILI OLAY, New York, NY