Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world, luckily I can get my favorite brand in the US, Pilao. Brazil also is home to the most famous Carnival in the world (Carnaval in Portuguese). The event starts Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday, and ends at noon on Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent.
Today we stayed local, we never left the neighborhood, but it still provided for some great sites and photos. The neighboorhood is made of both old and new homes, all in very nice conditioned, and well maintained. People either live here year-round and retired or use it as their summer home.
The streets have many small hills and made of cobblestone. It looks like individually made bricks of granite, and there is no mortar I can see. They all look locked into place with dirt and grass. It does make for a nice charm in a community untouched by time.
We walked to the end of the road, to our right is a small lake at the base of the mountain. It has a few homes and quite a bit of plants and trees. There were several birds along the shore, I’m told they can be very protective if the young birds are around. They have been known to attack people at soccer games, the national team of Brazil trains just on the other side of the lake.
Just past this lake on the other side of the road, is a small pond with several ducks and the largest Koy I have ever seen. There is a small park with a running stream that feeds the pond. It is a great place to sit, relax, and feed the birds.
After we walked back home, we had a nice Brazilian lunch. I took my dessert and coffee outside, to watch the thunderstorm roll in over the mountains, the air became very cool. When the sun broke, we had a small rainbow.