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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, originally uploaded by jhoolko.

This beautiful, 500 year-old monastery was a perfect sanctuary from the unexpected summer rain shower that started right as we reached Belém. Still, we tore ourselves away fairly quickly as coffee and hot Pastéis de Belém were waiting for us just down the street.

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Hanauma Bay, Oahu

IMG_0797, originally uploaded by jhoolko.

A quick car or moped ride from Honolulu, Hanauma is a beautiful little nature preserve where you can get really close to some pretty incredible sea life. I’ve definitely had more spectacular snorkeling/scuba diving experiences in my life, but it’s hard to beat the above-water scenery here when added to the accessibility from Honolulu. Be warned though; because it’s easy to get to, it’s pretty packed, though they do limit the number of people who can access the beach at one time.

Snorkle rentals were about $12 for everything (mask, snorkle, fins), and entrance to the park was $7.

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Porto

Porto, originally uploaded by jhoolko.

Porto was seriously so cool. It had such a unique, jumbled, old feel to it that I really haven’t experienced anywhere outside of Portugal. You can see from this picture the way that everything is laid out in a kind of messy yet totally beautiful manner, with all kinds of colors and textures and patterns all running together from one building to the next. It made exploring the town an absolute delight, like I was exploring a melancholy yet festive storybook town.

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