Saturday, 18 June 2016

Nina Travels - Paraty | Part 1

So I never got round to posting many pictures from my time in Rio in December. When I'm with my family I'd rather spend my time with them than squirrelled away behind my laptop. That and I've been in a blogging rut. Saying that my blogging mojo has come back and whilst going through my iPhoto I felt that some of these photos were too beautiful not too share. I'm also a little homesick for Brazil so that might also be why the urge to blog about Brazil has struck.

When I was in Brazil for Christmas we decided that as a family we would spend the Christmas days in Paraty, which is an old colonial town located on the Costa Verde - the Green Coast. It was a long drive from Rio but worth every second in the car.

We stayed in the most amazing Pousada - an equivalent word in English would be bed and breakfast but that's not a very accurate description. The Pousada LiterĂ¡ria is more than just a bed and breakfast.  It's located in the hustle and bustle of the old town of Paraty but the second the driveway gates close behind you the noise seems to stop and you're in a bubble of peace and quiet.

Life in Rio is non stop, there's noise constantly and you're never alone. So switching off at the pousada was exactly what our overstimulated minds needed. During our stay we'd just relax in the pool reading the books from the library or if you're me - working through all of Serial season 1. It honestly couldn't have been any more perfect.

Paraty itself is beautiful, I can't help but think that Wes Anderson would have a field day if he came here.

The first thing my mum warned me about when we were packing was to leave the heels at home. All of Paraty features these cobbled rocky streets which are misleadingly hard to walk down. It was Havaianas all the way.

My brother is photography mad so on our first evening we went out armed with all the photography equipment and just took it all in. You really feel like you're in another world.

Paraty is a popular destination for the Christmas break. Everyone wants to head out of Rio and every single hotel or pousada is booked up. Brazilians are night owls so when we were walking around at just before dusk it was very quiet.

One of the most popular things to do in Paraty is rent a boat and head out to explore the surrounding islands. We did this on one of our days and I can't wait to share those photos with you. I'm still in awe of the beauty of Brazil. Getting these photos together has made me so 'home sick'.

There's something about Brazil that just grabs hold of your heart and doesn't let you go. 

Can't wait to share the rest of my LONG overdue photos with you!

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