Day 23 – Sintra #2 – Toy Museum and around Sintra

Day 23 = Tuesday, April 3, 2012

We are still in Sintra! If you missed the first installment, look here.

After a break for some sandwiches, we headed one block over to the Toy Museum. This was an unexpected treat. We began on the top floor, which was dedicated to dolls. David and Quinland were quickly creeped out, but I loved it. They had everything from antique dolls with china heads and cloth bodies (which I will admit do have a creepy, staring look about them) to Shirley Temple dolls, to modern designer-clothed Barbies. I especially liked the dollhouses and the miniature kitchens. That section included a hospital for toys which reminded us of the guy who repairs Woody in Toy Story 2.

After getting my fill of dolls, I walked down a flight to find David completely engrossed in looking at toy soldiers. Nazi toy soldiers, to be exact, the existence of which neither of us had ever thought of before. Talk about creepy!

There was an amazing collection of Star Wars action figures (Remember the brown cloth robe for Obi-Wan Kenobi? It was tough to get his arms into that thing…) as well as Playmobil, some original Lego sets, old board games, and toy cars. I definitely lingered more than D or Q, trying to read the Portuguese descriptions on each case.

After the Toy Museum, we walked into the “new” section of Sintra in search of the Modern Art Museum which was supposed to be there, according to our guidebook.

We searched the streets and quizzed the locals, but no one had any idea of where we might find it. We did see a lovely collection of art along the way, however.


We’ve all been taking turns using the new fancy camera. I really need to read the manual so that I can use it in something other than “Auto” mode.

Stay tuned for even more Sintra, coming soon!

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