Trip Start Aug 31, 2007
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Parati is a beautiful little tourist town that has been here for hundreds of years. It has cobble stoned streets, some of which are closed to traffic, with lots of little stores & cute restaurants to look at. The town is very popular with people from Rio & Sao Paulo who come here for weekends & in the summer.
We explored the town & had some lunch in a little cafe ... then bumped into some of our tour group & sat down by the wharf having a cerveja (beer) while a little man in a cafe next door played his guitar & sang brazilian songs
We had dinner as a group that evening at a Thai place ... the only one we´ll visit in the whole of south america, so it had to be done! They had Pad Thai on the menu ... but we couldn´t bring ourselves to order it, since it would have cost AUD20.00 ... you would never pay that much at home! It was a little overpriced for what you got, but the richer people come here for holidays, so I guess they can charge that much and people will pay. After dinner we went to a little bar by the park & were entertained by a crazy local dude called Dennis who makes a living out of making hats out of coconut leaves, so it seemed.
Today was awesome. We had a big old style yacht to ourselves, the weather was beautiful, there was a musician on board who sang in portugese (even sang `I just called to say I love you´ by stevie wonder mostly in portugese!), and the water was ... refreshing! We stopped in about 4 different places & they fed us a beautiful lunch ... I´m not trying to rub it in, these are the facts, people!!! We were out on the boat for about 6 hours ... so I´m a little darker than before & still feel like I´m on the boat ... I will never, ever get my sea legs! We have no set agenda for the rest of the evening, a light dinner & early bed, as we are heading to Sao Paulo tomorrow ... a 7 hour bus ride ... and it´s a public holiday tomorrow so the town will be pumping!