40 days and 40 nights travel blog

blue water-life boat

back deck

spaces to lounge

lifesaver anyone?

aqua agua

starboard bridge

recife-old town

recife- old town


recife- old town

Olinda in a blur





coconut stand

sipping coconut milk

fish stand

pam at cool tree


This entry was writen by janet...dez's (aka Bob) sister

We were 1 more day on the river and 2 days at sea before reaching

Recife, Brazil. It is called the Venice of Brazil because of some

waterways with bridges and quite a few baroque churches. Really,

there is no comparison. We were only allowed on shore for about 6

hours. Our group split up. Mom, Dad, Pam & I took a taxi ride to O

Linda (Oh, beautiful), the neighboring city, that is about 4 miles

away. I would have liked to spend more time walking around this

charming city. The streets are hilly, cobble stoned and narrow. We

got out of the cab at Cathedral Square. We only spent about 10

minutes walking around and looking at the incredible view of the city

below; many red tiled roofs heading out toward the beautiful bay.

There are white washed and pastel colored houses with carved doors

and balconies. We saw the area that people dance around the street

during Carnival.

Bob & Brad walked around Recife. Bob arranged a private tour aboard

a newly constructed replica of a 17th century, 3 masted, Swedish

galleon . Bob told the director of the ship that Brad was a

freelance photographer for the Seattle P.I. Brad told her that he

was just the photographer and that Bob was writing the story. What a

pair! The ship had been replicated in Sweden using the original

materials and techniques. The lines were made of hemp that had to be

imported. Each and every one of the 80,000 nails used were hand

made. The ship is called the Gotheborg; named after the city where

she was built. She was duplicating the voyage of the original ship

that sailed from Sweden to China. It was only in Brazil for a few

days and then was heading for Africa.

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