Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekend away





You know how sometimes you just need a little break from the day to day grind?  A place that is not too far away but just enough out of the city to feel like you are getting away from it all?
Well, that was what we did this past weekend.  We packed up the car and headed to Paraty.


This is a beautiful little town that has been well preserved.  It was once an important port when there was gold being found in the State of Minas Gerais.  
They have kept the old part of town in it's traditional style...with cobblestone streets, charming pousadas and such a colorful marina.



Our pousada was not right in the center of it all, but we enjoyed it's quietness and it's simplistic beauty. 

 The rooms were tastefully decorated and from talking with the owners in the big eat-in kitchen, it sounds like they put a lot of effort into refurbishing this place.
I felt like I was part of someone's house, instead of just a room number and "guest".
The artwork was tasteful, the pool refreshing and the plants so green and alive!





The first night we were so excited to go to what is supposed to be on of the best Thai restaurants in Brasil.  My daughter is not a huge fan of Thai, so we were going to get her pizza first.  Well, the pizza place was so cute that we decided to save Thai for Saturday night and enjoy the stone oven-baked pizza.  It was yummy!  
They had some fun pieces around the place, too!  Check out this old sign and this bicycle...I just wanted to scoop it up and decorate it for a backyard...(even though I do not have one of those right now :)




This reminds me of craft fairs and garden stores...
I have been longing for a house recently and I was picturing this set amongst some flower beds with begonias growing out from the basket!

This sign reminds me of a bygone era...
when Kerosene lit up a house lamp and oil was still pumped by a real person...who also washed your windshield and checked your tires
Well, I will write more about Paraty tomorrow...

10 comments:

mythopolis said...

It looks and sounds sooooo charming! I love the rustic bicycle! Yes, it would make a nice garden accent!

NicoleB said...

What a wonderful place.
It looks so relaxing and gives the feeling of a wonderful time!

Stephanie said...

I was just telling Emily how exciting it was to look at everyone's pictures! It makes me excited to come!! Cant wait! And yes you are right, I have been a bundle of emotions! I promise to post soon about everything, there are some things we are trying to figure out! Anyway glad you had a good time!

lmerie said...

ahhhhh, let me look at your pics again, close my eyes and imagine I am there! What a great get away!

Beverlydru said...

Oh, yeah, this would totally work for me. Thanks for letting us tag along through your photos.

Fabiola said...

Dear BG,

I already heard so much about Paraty, but I haven´t had the opportunity to be there.

I hope sometime soon.

Fabiola

BLOGitse said...

after Cairo downtown visit almost any place would feel like a PARADISE! like this one...

you had a good weekend, great!
i like the bicycle!

marina said...

thanks for sharing these looks like a really nice place to relax and get away. ")

PJ said...

I am sooooo longing for some international travel!!! or Living!!! It has been waaay too long. I'm positively green with envy!

lizzy-loo said...

ahhh, paraty!