Bye Rio and Hello Paratay!
Trip Start Feb 16, 2012
79Trip End May 03, 2012
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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.
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!