Bye Rio and Hello Paratay!

Trip Start Feb 16, 2012
Trip End May 03, 2012

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Pousada Eclipse Paratay

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Had a relatively good night sleep - only woke up a couple of times but had no trouble going back to sleep. Woke at 7 as planned, showered and had brekky in the hotel. We were picked up by our mini-van at 8:30 then were on our way down the coast to the beautiful colonial town Paratay - pronounced Para Che. We have a nice group of 11 + our tour guide Rebecca. There are only 4 Aussies (a Mum Devon and daughter Sophie from Perth and Belinda from Sydney). There is one Irish (Orna), one Scottish (Fiona), two English (Sophie and Jason), one from Singapore (Ray) and two Canadians (Videlle and Jim).

The drive was very pleasant with so much to take in on the way. One of the best bits was keeping an eye on Christ the Redeemer as he was visible for many Kms on the way out of Rio.

We arrived in Paratay around 1pm so we checked into our hotel (very nice, will add photo) and then walked into the town. Paratay is a port town and has maintained its historic old town. The streets are made from rocks - I cant call them cobblestones as they were huge! I took heaps of photos here as there were so many wonderful old buildings with window frames painted different colors. It was very hot though and really high humidity so it didn't take long to feel the sweat start dripping! I walked for over 3 hours then headed back to the hotel - which is a 30 minute walk. It is now 6:30 and the rain has just bucketed down which has helped to drop the temperature a bit - phew. I'm sure that once this passes it will be humid again though.

By the time we walked back to the hotel I was so hot and sweaty my first thoughts were - I wonder how many kilo's I've lost today? Second thoughts were - I need a cold shower! After freshening up I got changed for dinner as the group was meeting up to walk back into town for dinner. Had a little bit of time to lie on the bed with both the aircon & a fan on to cool down. I have been fortunate to score a room to myself in Paratay. The are 3 of us girls traveling solo who didn't pay the extra for their own room so we will rotate and have 2 nights each in the single room. These 2 nights in Paratay are mine. 
We walked back into town and headed to a lovely restaurant in the old town. Such a pretty place is Paratay - it reminds me somewhat of Ia in Santorini as it has similar cobblestone streets and lots of really good quality shops and restaurants, cafe's and bars. The restaurant we went to serves dishes made for two so Sophie and I shared this prawn dish that looked like a yellow curry but we actually a sauce made from butter or oil we suspect. Regardless it was delicious and we had it with mash potato - but here's the funny bit. On the menu it said smashed potato's so you can imagine how excited I was! I'm raving to everyone about smashed potato's so you can imagine the look on my face when what was served was a bowl of mashed potato! Still, after I got over my initial disappointment, it was delicious! 

By the way family - the Brazilian's do not put salt on the table. You'd think that would cause me a problem but the reason they don't have salt on the table is they add what I would consider the perfect amount of salt to the dish - yum! 

Of course after realising that our dish was made of butter, we decided we better walk all the way home and not be lazy and get a cab!
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Clare on

Paratay sounds very pretty, looking forward to the photos. You keep making me feel hungry, the food sounds delicious.

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