Historic Parati

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

I have spent the last 4 days on a tropical, Brazillian island called Ilha Grande off the coast of Rio De Janeiro, hence the lack of communication. To say the least, like Thailand, I have developed a significant fondness for Brazil... I find the people to be beautiful in every sense of the word... physically, spiritually and socially. From the little Iīve seen of this country so far, this country has been truly blessed with phenomenal scenery and gregarious, funny, energetic and friendly locals.

We travelled on an overnight bus to Parati from Foz Do Igaucu. It was a very long ride... 12 hours overnight to Sao Paulo and then another 6 hours to Parati. Parati is a beautiful little town with two sensational beaches and an abundance of history. When I get a chance, I wouldnīt mind recording some of this history on this particular entry for all those history buffs.

During my time in Parati, I found observing a black church service to be most enjoyable. The singing was a truly memorable moment of my trip... Jule, like me, you would of been in awe. I so desperately wanted to go in and join in but felt that it would of been inappropriate so I simply stopped at the front door and watched.

The people are very mixed here, but predominantly of the African American background. I have been particularly impressed by the ease in which the whites, mixed races and blacks seem to associate with each other... in work and social settings. The blacks I have come across are nothing but friendly towards me.

Parati, like most of Brazil, is tropical with an abundance of palm trees and other green folage. The beaches Iīve seen have been beautiful... and surprisingly, devoid of tourists. Parati is at its busiest on weekends which has been good for us given our midweek visit. Unfortunately, the weather hasnīt been at its best with overcast days and a bit of rain.

We spent two nights in Parati which was probably long enough before boarding a public bus for our next stop, Agrar which is our boarding post for our boat to tropical paradise... Ilha Grandhe. A must do stop here in Brazil.

In due course, I will add more info about Brazilīs history and nature of the population to this sight... when I have the information and time to do so. As I travel, I continue to gain an increased interest in the history of the places I travel through, to make the travel experience so much more informed.
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