Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action

Hey all,

This will be my last new post for a while.  We're leaving on our "Up the Amazon River Trip" tomorrow so I'll not have access to a computer.  That's okay with me.  I need some time away just to enjoy the quiet of the rainforest and the company of the man I love most in the world.  Getting back to basics is so very important sometimes.

I'm dreaming of laying in a hammock with my sweet baboo, watching the river dolphins jump as the rainforest slips quietly by.  Relaxing, reinvigorating, and delightfully fresh and new, it's exactly what the doctor ordered!

I'll do a blog or two on our vacation in October.  You'll get lots of pics, maybe a video or two, and a few adventures.  I plan on basing my Brazil book in this area IF the inspiration hits.  Which I'm pretty sure it will.  How could it not?

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share a few pics of the first week we've spent in Belo Horizonte.  It's been a busy week trying to get all the last minute stuff done, but I've been able to see a few things here in town.  I love wandering, and sometimes I find some amazing and wonderful surprises.  Enjoy!

This first pic is the view from outside our hotel window.  Not too shabby!  We have a bunch of bars right below us and ALWAYS know when there is a soccer game on!  :-)

Next we have one of the palaces here in Belo.  This one is called Palácio da Liberdade or Liberty Palace.  The first pic is of the outside.  Lovely!  And very similar to many places we saw in Germany.

And this pic of the staircase.  Absolutely gorgeous!  Done out of melded steel, it was designed by a German artist and brought here to Brazil.

One of my favorite things to do is wander through street markets.  They have one in Belo that is very similar to what we had in Singapore.  The different merchandise is so interesting.

And this beautiful picture is of the park closest to us.  Praca d Liberdade, surrounded by several of the city's museums.  Not huge, but quite lovely.  The building in the background is another done by Oscar  Niemeyer.

And this picture is one I took of one of the cultural events during the weekend.  Called "The Caffeine Trio", they do 1940s music.  I enjoyed them very much (looking for a patron if you're interested!), but I have to admit it was odd listening to women with a Brazilian accent doing do wop music! :-)

Anyway, I'll be back next week with a previously blogged blog.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as we brave the Brazilian jungle!  LOL  

Hugs to all!

CJ England

Follow Your Dreams


Phylis said...

Let the adventure begin, although I think this whole tour has been an adventure! Safe travels! I look forward to your blogs in October. Picture, pictures, pictures. lol Have fun and relax! Not Dr.'s orders but mine. lol

Ray said...

To me the palace resembles the governor's mansion in Guam and a little like the one in Hawaii 5-0.

If your boat looks like the Africa Queen you might be transported to another dimension.

Have a nice Piranha free tour.