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Jan 25, 2020 - 23 - 24th January

23rd January Went down for breakfast to be told that we had to have a ticket for breakfast. Well that's a bit of a lie; they told us something but we had no clue as to what it was. The cafe person had to go find someone who spoke English because, oh, ibis has a hotel in one of the most popular tourist places to go in Brazil and they don't require, as they did in Vitoria, where there's not many tourists, to speak English. We were then asked if we weren't given any when we checked in....they think we're mad? No of course we weren't given any,...

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Jan 23, 2020 - 22nd January 2020

22 January No sleep last night. I even mistook the time and got up and showered, washed my hair etc. Came out of the shower and Guy wanted to know what I was doing at 4 am showering. I'd thought it was 5..... Lay down on the bed with wet hair and fell asleep for an hour. All night not being able to sleep and then sleep for an hour! And I'm peeling! Down for breakfast for 6:30 and there a queue. There's a university or college group staying and they're all up and waiting for their breakfast. Eventually we manage to get sorted and we call...

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Apr 12, 2015 - Deco bday and flight to lisbonne

Spent most of the morning packing, optimizing luggage. Still ended up with3 baga and few purses... Afternoon was fun with deco bday. Matt enjoyed again the cousins. At 22h we had the flight to lisbonne. Matt didn't sleep much and I found out he was teething... Most of the flight went ok. We could get a free sit for him. Personal in tap very attentive to baby.

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Euro-Asia trip 2015

Mar 6, 2014 - Rio de Janeiro to Ouro Preto, Brazil

Wednesday 5th March 2014 Rio de Janeiro to Ouro Preto, Brazil We had an early breakfast today in the hotel and were all packed up into the truck and left the city by about 7:45am. There were a few tearful farewells as a few partners were separated because one was continuing on the trip and the other was leaving to go home. We headed out to the north and once we left the city we climbed into very green hills and winding roads. After the chaos of Rio, it was very different today. We had lunch by the side of the road – the oldies on the trip...

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Mar 20, 2013 - Tiradentes and Brazilian Independence

“What do Brazilians think of the violence and dangers in big cities like Rio and Sao Paulo”, I ask Fernando. Breakfast has just finished as we strike up a conversation in the pousada Ibiscus in Jericoacoara where he, his wife Genôva and I are staying. I had asked the same question before of a young Brazilian professional woman over breakfast in Paraty. She also spoke decent English, like Fernando who has spent 11 years in the US, but she had said it was: ’too complicated’. “Well, it certainly has something to do with poverty and the great...

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Mar 17, 2013 - Belo Horizonte: The Dress Rehearsal

Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state, is not strictly on the Estrada Real, but I make a stopover there for another reason that becomes clear when you look at a map of BH, as the locals call it: the perfectly symmetrical pattern of streets betrays that this city was designed from scratch. In fact it was designed in two stages. Mariana was the first capital of Minas Gerais state, but ceded the role in 1720 to nearby Vila Rica (renamed Ouro Preto in 1823), a town which became synonymous with Portuguese colonial power and...

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Mar 15, 2013 - Three Compositions: Congonhas, Mariana and Lavras Novas

The Prophets of Congonhas After admiring the architectural gems that Aleijadinho designed in the town of Ouro Preto, I am wondering how he can have improved on them with his much vaunted The Prophets in Congonhas. He was already 62 (or 70, depending), an old, sick and above all crippled man when he sculpted the twelve statues between 1800 and 1805. When I arrive I take some time to walk around and take in the three parts of the composition: the Basilica do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, the symmetrical placement of the twelve statues along the...

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Mar 7, 2013 - Ouro Preto: The King and the Cripple

The (Little) King Mauro, my guide, points me to the first bench of the old cable operated trolley and goes on to sit behind me, on the last bench, releases the brake and with a slight bump we begin the steep descent towards the gaping mouth that is the Mina da Passagem mine entrance. I look through the open floor to the rusted narrow gauge track on which we bump and lurch, not maintained according to the UIC technical leaflets¹, that’s for sure. Then we are swallowed and at the end of the 800 metre esophagus we come to a stop 315 metres...

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Feb 24, 2013 - Diamantina and Two Sparkling Performances

‘After two thousand years India’s Golconda diamond mines were nearly depleted by the early 1700s...miners prospecting for gold along the Rio Jequitinhonha river, near the town of Tejuco...made Brazil’s first diamond discovery in 1725...by 1740 there was a major diamond rush to Minas Gerais...’¹ Another source² describes the discovery as a bit more happenstance: ‘...as early as 1670...stones...found...in the gold washings...attracted attention...gold miners used them as counters in their games of chance...a man who had seen rough diamonds in...

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Feb 19, 2013 - Estrada Real: From Diamantina to Paraty

‘...la route royale (Estrada Real)...ancienne voie construite par les bandeirantes pour acheminer l’or du Minas Gerais vers les ports côtiers de Paraty et Rio...est un chemin stratégique sur la route du baroque du Minas...c’est le long de cette route que le corps du héros malheureux de l’inconfidencia Mineira, Tiradentes, a ete exhibé...après la découverte des mines de diamants de Serro et de Arraial la route fut ensuite étendue vers le nord...’, the Petit Fûté guide tells me and goes on to explain that it is more than 1200 kilometres long...

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Mar 16, 2009 - Paraty, Iguacu and Buenos Aires

Hi All, We are now in Buenos Aires. We went from Ilha Grande to Paraty, which was absolutely beautiful. Lots of cobbled streets lined with white colonial houses, with brightly coloured doors and window frames. You really got a feeling of the former grandeur of the town. Sadly the town frequently gets completly flooded at high tide, and with sea levels rising, they reckon that Paraty has only about 10 years left as a functional town - so if in Brazil, then you must go! We then bussed it to Sao Paulo, during a flash flood, which was very...

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Shaws Tours

Jul 23, 2008 - Starting the trip to the Panatal

Day 12 - Ouro Preto, Belo Horizonte and bus to Sáo Paulo After a morning reading books etc in O.P, we got the bus to Belo Horizonte (pronounced Horizontch), bought our Sáo Paulo x Campo Grande tickets and set out to see a bit of the city. Before it got dark we checked out a couple of the local markets where nuts, spices, fish and of course red meat were the pedalled wares. These big cities aren´t great after the sun sets, so it was either waiting at the bus terminal for 3 or 4 hours, or finding something else. After agreeing to see a movie,...

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