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48 Hours In Oahu, Hawaii

48 Hours In Oahu, Hawaii

Maui is loved by all and especially Westerners but Oahu is it’s big brother and started the tourism in Hawaii. Not only that but it sits right in the middle of a reinvention where it escapes the typical stereotypes of high rise buildings and instead promotes a high end hot spot for sun, surfing and shopping.

The Modern Honolulu is a breathtaking hotel with a sparkling clean white lobby with a custom scent that delightfully reminds you that you are on holiday.

Day 1

surfingFor the keen and experienced surfer then head out to the north shore of the island where the serious surfers hang out. For the beginner surfer, Waikiki Beach is a good training ground to learn the basics and a lesson at the Hans Hedemann Surf School is definitely worthwhile.

Catch the waves all afternoon and then come evening, trade your wetsuit for your dressier attire and indulge into a four course tasting menu at Chef Mavro run by the jolly George Mavrothalassitis, a Marseilles-born, James Beard award-winning cook with a penchant for the fresh island ingredients of his adopted home. If you want to continue on into the night then head on down to the La Mariana Sailing Club for a drink with a hit of tiki chic.

Day 2

Leonard’s Bakery is famous for their portuguese doughnuts that are dusted in sugar and are packed full of creamy custard. Once you have overeaten on these sweet delights prepare for your exploration at Kalakaua Avenue’s Luxury Row and Royal Hawaiian Center, which is a boulevard that is edged with palm trees and high end shops. If you just want to window shop then perhaps you can treat yourself to a trip at the Mandara Spa at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and have a heavenly bamboo massage. Bamboo shoots are soaked in essential oils and rolled along your back to smoothly melt your troubles away.

You can then take to Diamond Head and get actively involved in the unequipped lookeloos or take the road less travelled for a more unique experience. Bike Hawaii hosts Bike and Hike treks on private trails which are filled with beautiful scenic views and a splendid waterfall at the end of your trip.

Enjoy your evening meal at Iron Chef Morimoto where the tables are uniquely dressed in moss and oversized coral. The restaurant is a favourite with the Obama family when they are in town and it is no surprise as the menu is stunning. Finish the night off at the Study of Modern and enjoy a drink or two.

Day 3

honolulu skylineThe best way to appreciate the scenic views of Hawaii is to grab a rental car and head north to the most spectacular shores. Keep your eyes out for those skillful surfers attempting those magnificent huge waves. You can stop off for lunch at Romy’s Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp and savour a plate that is piled high with luscious shrimp smothered in plenty of lemon and garlic.

One last thing you must do before your trip comes to an end and that is to swim with dolphins which is an absolutely amazing experience. You can follow a wild pod through the deep blue seas and snorkel to get a sense of this truly fabulous adventure.

My Portugal Travel Tips

My Portugal Travel Tips

It isn’t hard to understand why Portugal is such a popular destination, not only to Brits but with tourists from all over Europe. It is home to some of the best beaches in Europe with it’s rocky coastline and fabulous golden sands. It has some excellent architecturally and historic cities and if you love food and wine then it has some fabulous bars and restaurants making this a perfect place to come on holiday. Despite it being very popular, the great thing about Portugal is that it doesn’t seem to get too overcrowded in high season, very busy like you would expect but not suffocating like some countries get around August time.

Accommodation – you will be pleased to know that prices in Portugal are very affordable and hotels are of high quality. A typical room will cost around 30 euros for a great value apartment like the club praia da oura.

Food – there is such a wide choice of places to eat here, if you are looking for a light lunch,meals and sandwiches start around 7 EUR, and fast food for around the the same price. Evening meals with drinks are reasonably priced at around 18 EUR. Like with anywhere there are always places that offer a good bargain but if you are staying in a villa or a self catering apartment and want to do a spot of cooking yourself then a week’s worth of food will cost around 36 EUR.

Transportation – You can grab a taxi for approximately 12 EUR which is fairly expensive and you will often find that they have add on fees for any luggage and airport pick-ups. If you prefer to travel a little cheaper then you can obtain city metro ticket from 1.50 EUR and inter-country trains and buses are inexpensive too.
Places to visit

Lisbon – the capital city is a fantastic place to visit as it has lots of history to explore and you will get the chance to meet the locals who are so friendly and welcoming. One of the great things about this city is that it is fairly compact which makes it easier to get around and see everything.

Batalha – is a church monument built in 1388 and is protected as a World Heritage site. As you walk through the huge, gothic doorways you will be greeted by amazing 16th century stained glass windows and 7 impressive chapels to explore.

Abbey of Santa Maria – is Europe’s largest building of the Cistercian order. You can explore the abbey at your own leisure and discover the different parts of the building including cloisters, dormitories, a library, and huge kitchen.

Azores islands – these small nine islands lie about 930 miles from Lisbon which is about a two hour flight away in the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the islands are tranquil with a slow-paced way of life, stunning wildlife, and beautiful beaches.

Braga – this wonderful city is home to many Baroque monuments including one of the country’s well known sights, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. The old and the new city are connected by the main square, Praça da Republica.

Lagos – is the party town of Portugal which is located in the Algarve and is very popular with the younger tourists in the summer months. With plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from you will also find some beautiful beaches to soak up the sun and relax your troubles away.

Cape Sagres – is the most southwestern point of the European continent so by visiting here you can say you have stood literally on the edge of Europe.