Friday, June 21, 2013

Buzios, North East Coast above Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Posada Le'Tage

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We have finished our stay in Rio das Ostras.
By the end of the stay, my son had managed to fall over 4 times on the same knee.
He was having a hard time walking, so the motor bike was a good option.
We found a nice area on the way along the river.

We returned to the cafe on the water Barra de Sao Joao.
The owner remembered us and gave me a t-shirt.
He had good English and we stopped and had refreshments before we drove on.
Definitely worth a visit if you head in that direction.

When we arrived at Buzios, we had not booked anywhere.
We head to the tourist information centre, and meet a French family with 2 children - 
- who are travelling around the world.
We tried several hostels and posadas, but the main problem was no off street parking.
Finally we found a little posada.
The owner did not speak English, but his friend did.
We booked for one night at Posada Le'Tage.

We had a great little room with an en-suite.
It had an alcove 2nd bedroom.
Perfect for leaping jumps onto the main bed - of course I discourage this!
It was clean and included breakfast for 100 reais ($50 US).
This is a bargain, as hostels were more expensive!

We had a great self-service lunch (and surprisingly at a great price) -
- right in the next street.
We headed to the beach - but by now it was late afternoon.

If you stroll along there is a Briget Bardot statue.
This would make a gorgeous photo around sunset too.

 Then there are 3 fishermen statues out in the water.
At low tide you can go climb and walk around on the platform area.

We wander the streets, and find a place that has wi-fi.
We head back and change and go out for dinner.
We meet a fun group from Macae.
We join them for dinner.
They have a lovely 9 year old daughter.
So once the shyness is past, the kids get along well.

Next morning we have a simple and nice breakfast in the patio area.
We know it is about to rain, and so we head for a boat ride.
We hope the rain will pass and we would head to Cabo Frio later.

In the distance you can see out boat - it is "Babylon".
And the cool thing is - it has a water-slide on the back!

We start to sail the coves.
We are the only English speaking guests.
But one staff member knows some English and he explains the area to me.
Everyone is friendly.

We have already stopped for a swim, and it has rained quite a lot.
The a dingy arrives with prawns.
Drinks on the boat are included, so this is a nice touch.

By now it is freezing.
My son is back in the water and down the slide.

Next I am down the slide - the water is warmer than standing in wet clothes.
We had a fabulous time.

We go back through the rain.
There is no way I can safely ride the motorbike on the bad roads.
So we need to find a wi-fi hot spot to email where we were booked to stay.
We head to a cafe.
The Confederation Cup is on.
The crowd gets thicker by the minute.
Fireworks go off, and the crowd goes nuts when there is a goal.
It is a great atmosphere.

We go back to return the technology to safety.
Get changed and wander the stone main street.
It seems quiet tonight.  
We head along the beach walkway.
We meet a couple of people we know, but it still seems quiet.
So we decide to find a nice restaurant for dinner, and again we meet some lovely people.
It is nice to be chatting to people - we really are having a great time.
Then after dinner, we catch up with our new friends.
We arrange to meet at the beach in the morning.
So off we head - it is about 1/2 walk to the chosen beach.
And it is pretty packed.
After a couple of walks up and down, we can't find them.

But we do meet the French family 
(we had seen them a few times in town and chatted in the last couple of days too).
The kids play, and the adults talk "travel and budgets".
They are going in the opposite direction from us.
They have been where they are going, and visa versa.
So we give each other a few travel tips.

We have an invitation to stay in Cabo Frio.
We are already a day late - because of the rain yesterday.
But it is such a gorgeous day.
We return to the posada, shower and change.
We get ready for the ride and a small ride around town.
Buzios - so far - has been one of the most gorgeous little towns I have seen on this trip.
If you visit Brazil, I do suggest you stay here.

We stayed at Posada Le'Tage which is one street back from the main rocky street.  We had excellent service and paid $100 a night - Buzios is expensive - this is cheap for there - we can thoroughly recommend this Posada.

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