While we’re traveling between worlds I thought I’d give you a glimpse of our previous life in Brazil. Over the next week, I’ll be showing you three different day or weekend trips we enjoyed when we lived here before.
This post was originally published on Nov. 8th, 2011 on my old blog. At the time we lived only a short drive away from Buzios and spent the occasional day soaking up the sun on the beaches and enjoying their local restaurants. My daughter was staying with us during those few months, so it was particularly nice for me to share the day with her in such a beautiful place.
Brian finally got a day off work! He’s been crazy busy and I got an unexpected whole day to spend with him on Sunday. My girl and I already had plans to spend the day in Buzios with our friends, so it was even better that he got to come with us.
First stop? Praia da Ferradurinha, which is a perfect little hidden beach. Most people don’t know it exists, and unless you know to go looking for it, you probably won’t find it. This is where smart Brazilian friends come in handy because we got the inside scoop on the best spot to be on a beautiful weekend day.
Can you see Brian? Relaxing in his beach chair right in the middle of the photo? He’s enjoying his Caipirinha and watching our stuff while the rest of us when hiking up on the rocks that surround the beach.
We spent a few hours swimming, hiking, soaking up some sun and getting sand blown all over us before we left and drove over to Rua das Pedras, which is the shopping, dining and touristy area of Buzios.
We fit right in with the tourists. Especially me, Brian and my Girl with our fresh and slightly pink sunburns. Our Brazilian friends fared better.
The two on the left are Denise and Glaucio. The week after this photo was taken they brought me and my Girl to Curitiba to meet their families. It was our very first Brazilian road trip! My girl and I are BIG FANS of the road trip.
One of the things I love about Buzios is the artwork. There are these really creative and fun bronze statues hidden all over town. There was a bronze boy climbing up a light pole to get his kite, this little girl playing with the fountain, and the cats walking on the buildings. The cats remind me of a similar Ghost Cats art installation at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia that I saw with the kids years ago when we lived in New Jersey.
They were holding a cross country race in town while we were there. We had been dodging runners on the road during the drive that morning, and got to see a few runners at the finish line in the middle of town. It made me wonder just what kind of country they were crossing when we saw more than a few runners wearing torn running gear covered with mud. Must have been exciting at least.
We went upscale for lunch. Out of all the restaurants in Buzios, our friends brought us to the one I had already been to before. This is a good thing because it was so good.
Good food, good friends, my heart, my daughter and a beautiful place. My life does not suck.
We took a walk around after lunch to see what we could see. I have been to Buzios twice before this and had somehow missed the Bridgitte Bardot statue each time. We made a point to find it while we were here. We weren’t the only ones.
We waited our turn and laughed with all the men making jokes about kissing the statue, finally getting our chance to play tourist like everyone else. I’m so glad my daughter has this memory now. Someday when she’s living her life however she decides to live it, and when she’s having those boring and tedious days we all have, she’ll be able to look back and remember she did some really cool stuff with her Mom. I hope she smiles about it.
I know I will. Sunday was a really good day and I’m going to file it in my brain under the category of “Days I was lucky to have”.