Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cabo Frio & Arraial do Cabo - North East of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CouchSurfing

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We have arrived at Cabo Frio and are staying with a lovely artist.
She is a fantastic cook. 
A warm and friendly lady.

We have met through Couch-surfing.
We hit it off instantly and have a great laugh.
Her favourite saying is "take it easy".

Cabo Frio is known for white fine and soft sandy beaches,
with amazing aqua blue water.
Today we are taken around by our new friends.
They are pastors of a Baptist church here.
She is Irish, and he is Brazilian, and they have a lovely 3 year old boy.

The bay is filled with wooden fishing boats.
Locals sell fresh fish under the trees.

We then wander around the top of the bay to see where the bay merges.

There was an old fort where the French had tried to invade.
I think the Portuguese only just won - from what I understood.

Coming back from the fort, we walked over the rocks.
It is really pretty - and the other side looks over Cabo Frio.

We then headed around the old part of the town.
Very traditional Portuguese style buildings really make the town.

Apparently - this church is booked up for weddings for the next year.
It has a lovely little square in front of it.

We then went to the convent.
There was a display of ants on the building.
they were made with coconut shells and cactus wood.

We were presented with local ice-creams / Popsicles to try.
I tried sweet - corn - it was incredibly nice.
There are some great flavours and really are a 'must try' if you come to Brazil.

In the afternoon, the weather threatened a storm.
So we headed out to beat it.
Arraial do Cabo is the next town - about 20 minutes away by car.
Here is the entrance - it almost looks middle eastern - or like salt grinders.
There are lovely coloured glass windows.

There are several bays.
The town did have a thriving industry which closed.
It has left the town a little isolated, and with some unemployment.
But now there is an oil discovery, so it may take off again.

We then went to the 2nd bay - there was a mix of favela and modern buildings.

We headed up the hill, and saw the most amazing bluff.
the road wandered right to the edge of the cliff.
It was incredible - with beautiful big houses.

It is a lovely little town, and would be busy in Summer.
It is nestled in between the bays - in the valley.

Coming back to Cabo trio.
I felt this bar describes the situation in Brazil very well.
There has been some disruptions, but we have seen nothing of the problems.

We have made some lovely new friends here.
They have been so hospitable, and have had us to stay, and showed us around.
We have Couch-surfed, and then stayed with new friends - and it has been lovely.
Thank you!

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