It was a beautiful morning in Belém. The sun was shining and it warmed the Atlantic breezes. 

Instead of going straight to the blockbuster sight of Belém – Jeronimos monastery – we followed the riverfront that led to the tower of Belém.

Much as the tower is one of the prominent examples of Portuguese manueline architecture, we skipped going inside the building.

Instead, we went for early lunch at one of the riverfront restaurants.

After eating, we were prepared to queue for hours to get inside the Monastery of the Hieronymites, or Jeronimos monastery. But believe me, it was worth the long queue.