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image1 (1)Have you ever visited a place that you wish you could keep to yourself, like a secret? Like a truly, hidden gem? That’s how I felt when some friends and I completed the length of the Paiva Walkways in Northern Portugal earlier this summer.

I even went so far as to be cryptic about where I was on social media, and I requested my friends do the same.

The truth is, beautiful moments like this walk are meant to be shared. And, I think where I was really coming from was a hope that others that take the opportunity to walk this path and others like it appreciate it as much more than a cool Instagram photo (though, I won’t deny that its winding steps are striking against the natural landscape).

Its stewards seems to be aware of this too. According to its website, there is a limit to the number of people that can pass through per day. There is a fee of €1 per person, which is a nominal price to pay for a little more than five miles of unspoiled nature along the Paiva river.

Think, the trickling or rushing sounds of the river, shades of green and other earth tones and a tranquility that soothes even the most complicated thoughts we tend to carry with us from day to day.

Or, see for yourself.

We’re already a third of the way through the year with no signs of slowing down. Here’s what you missed in April:

  • My first world problem freak out about how I intend to maintain my fitness routine abroad, although I suspect all of the eating I’ll be doing in Madrid and Lisbon this month will be the brunt of my “core” work 😉
  • This photo of a lazy Kaua’i afternoon in the North Shore
  • My friend Jill’s recipe for Curative Chicken Soup!

Here’s what’s happening in May and what you can expect in terms of more Curious Passport posts:

  • Tapas hopping in Madrid
  • Surfing in Portugal
  • Volcano hiking in the Azores
  • Wandering in Berlin

However, before I leave, I’m nearly finished with #FivePeakChallenge, hosted by Mission Trails Regional Park – here’s evidence of completing hike three of five to the top of North Fortuna Summit:

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Have a recommendation for me, a blog you think I should check out? Leave me a comment below!

 

From a new food series to tips for Kaua’i travel, here’s what you missed on The Curious Passport in March and what the handy analytics tool tells me you clicked on most:

  • THIS Avocado Egg Salad recipe by new food series, #Haaps&BarleyXCuriousPassport – cure your hunger pangs now.
  • THIS Miso-glazed salmon with lentils and broccolini recipe

 

Over on Instagram, Hawaii magazine featured a scene from Oahu, taken from my sister’s lanai on a recent visit. Cool!

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