Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tropical feast for the eyes…for the soul

We have been lucky to have spent some time in Brazil the last few years…

As we plan a return trip, I found myself looking through some of last years pictures.

Join me…will ya?

We stayed in the beautiful Historic colonial city of Olinda,

and while my husband travelled each day to the bigger city of Recife for work…see all the large buildings in the background?

I roamed around Olinda meeting locals.

Tasting the culture, inhaling the colors…

falling in love with the place.

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Our home for two weeks was the Pousada Amparo

Amazing and charming 200 year old Inn the one white with the yellow trim

Our room overlooked the cobbled street below

it was the second floor shuttered windows

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Down the street was the bodega where the locals would play guitar

and drink beer

and discuss politics, art and life in general…

In the evening they would pour out onto the street…sometimes dancing.

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Up the street…

the artists played.

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The rooms are beautiful and filled with history

art

and antiques

The wood beams have been protecting this place for centuries

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These are the big heavy wooden shudders that look onto the Rue Do Amparo (Amparo street)

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This was inside the Pousada and the door to our room

The light was streaming in from big skylights giving the whole inside a courtyard like feel

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Downstairs is an amazing little restaurant

The flor de coco

one of the best in the town it offers regional specialties…with European flair…as the wonderful owner is from Belgium…

breakfast is provided here each morning

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What better way to start the day?…

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The small dining room is indoor/outdoor all year

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The cook preparing the morning feast

In the authentic plantation style kitchen

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Below is the wine cellar/bistro…

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This is a postcard looking at the pousada…the dining room is above the

small bistro…the garden surrounding the pool is full of banana and tropical flora…and exotic birds

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The entrance to the Pousada is filled with local artists work

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Pousada do Amparo in Olinda Pernambuco Brazil.

Go. Experience it.

When you do…say hello to Sergio Vilanova

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It’ll make his day.

and yours!

~Find even more ways to make your Friday at Julias Hooked on Friday par-tay!~

53 comments:

Deborah said...

I have begun the starvation diet and will be shipping myself via UPS...I should arrive in Florida in time to slip into one of your bags. We are going to have SO much fun on your vacation! **happy smiles** Deborah

Melissa said...

My plan sounds similar to Deborah's!

All I can say is Wow. And you're one lucky lady!

So jealous. So, so jealous. :)

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Shame on you for holding out on us all this time! These are fabulous pictures and a detail of your life you should have let us in on a long time ago :) Wow! What a neat, neat place to go - thanks for sharing these.

anita said...

died 06/04/2009

went to heaven

thanks to linda @limeinthecoconut

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Incredibly breathtaking, Linda! I'm going to enjoy your vacation!!

Vicki ~ FL said...

Beautiful pictures......looks like you had a great vacation.......

dancing doc said...

love this gorgeous trip I just took from my home listening to Ojos de Brujo via A Cuban in London blog---I too will join Deborah...much desired trip!! so fun !!

Stephanie Clayton said...

oh! such color and energy!
my husband has family in south brazil; he's been trying to get us down there for ages. i know it's very different from where you were, but...your pics remind me to revisit the idea of a brazil holiday!

looks like it was a lovely time. enjoy your next trip, and i shall look forward to your luscious photos!

Sharon said...

oh wow, Linda, you're really the best when it comes to making us drool all over some exotic destination. Lucky you for going back, the place looks divine!!
Thank you so much for sharing:)
be sure to say hi to Sergio for us;)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

You guys are all so FUNNY! Starvation diet and UPS. Poor Anita dying on the spot!!

It was a stunning town rich with history and color and energy! I loved it sooo much. We will probably find another little gem of a place this time...looking for it now! Wish you could ALL come along! How fun!

Stephanie...GO! The first time we were in the South...and found another amazing colonial town Paraty! Go!!

La Maison Fou said...

I like the mural & the storage rack system for the wine!
Cheers to a good weekend!
Leslie

Laura Trevey said...

I love the 1st photo! It is gorgeous!!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE all the colour!!!!

Lisa (aka) French said...

I was in Recife many years ago when I worked as a flight attendant....beautiful country beautiful people...thanks for the trip down memory lane both yours and mine;) Hugs French

DesignTies said...

Thanks for taking us on a trip to Brazil :-) Olinda looks like a charming city with wonderful old buildings and culture.

Lucky you to be going back!! Have fun planning your trip :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Beach House Dreamer said...

I love that first photo! What a charming street and view. And I would be thrilled to go for diner in that restaurant, so much ambience.

abeachcottage said...

sigh it sounds and looks beautiful, I wish I was coming!

one day...

Sarah

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Gorgeous. Putting it on my list - hubster works in Recife enough for me to "justify" a stay at the Pousada - looks much more lovely than the one we've stayed at in Pirenopolis. Thanks for sharing!

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

The colors, the flora..., it's just gorgeous!

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

This is not Brazil, this is HEAVEN! And I agree with the other comments, you are one lucky lady! Such breathtaking place.

Thanks for your visit to my blog today. xo

KARA from MADE 2 CREATE said...

I HAVE GOT TO GO THERE! THE COLORS ARE CALLING ME!!

vicki archer said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous shots Linda, what fab graffiti? xv

Cote de Texas said...

ooob la la.

Anja said...

what a magical place. I love the indoor/outdoor dining room. In my mind's eye I imagine something like that as a perfect place. Thanks for shareing...

modernemama said...

Soooo jealous....

Zuniga Interiors Design Studio said...

Ahh! I will go! Take me along! Such a darling little historical town! Looks even better than an Anthropologie photo shoot! Have fun and of course, you'll bring back lots of great photos for us!

Thanks for the awesome post!

Michelle

Stereos and Souffles said...

Love all the beautiful bold colors!

Blue Muse said...

You take us to the most soulfully goregous places! You had me at the first photo - My kind of heaven, sister-friend! You'll be shocked one of these days when you get a note from Sergio that I came by. ha!
Happy weekend!!
xo isa

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such delicious photographs! I feel as though I have been on a mini Brazilian holiday myself!! I can certainly see why you enjoy yourself there. Yes, you must go back!!

susan said...

Thank you for the much needed mini-vacation from suburban Connecticut. Love the eye candy!

Daly Essentials said...

Looks amazing!! I love how colorful the exteriors of the buildings are!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Wanna go there too, lovely!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I could get lost all day just looking at the beautiful artwork!

simpledaisy said...

Wow...how beautiful!! I love all the colors and how cozy the restaurant looked! Lucky you~

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Amazing!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Well that was just a joyride! I know I will probably never make it to Brazil, but I feel like I just got a special little glimpse. What an amazing experience. Everything was so rich and full of color. Make sure to share your next trip too. LOVED that!!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Oh wow! These photos are amazing!!!
I want to ride my bike through the streets, I want to sit and enjoy a glass of wine and break some bread and talk for hours. I want to be there.

xo
Suzann

Tamara Jansen said...

We've been to Recife and Olinda soooo many times and it never dawned on me to check out Pousadas there! This one looks FAB!

Now, why are you in Recife? Business? or pleasure?

Jenny said...

Awesome pics!

ImagineCozy said...

What a wonderfully relaxing, and vibrant place!

RML said...

Incredible photos! I hope I can visit Brazil one day...

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

amaaazing !!!! one day !!! I hope !!!

Üdo Ümami said...

Pretty pretty! Brazil! XOxox <3 Üdo

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It's so nice to meet you! The photos are beautiful, but I bet they don't do the actual beauty justice. The real experience must be amazing!

Amy

Kristin Lea said...

I loved your pictures, thank you so much for sharing them!

Puna said...

My gosh this is great. I would have done exactly what you did all day, wandered around and gotten lost in my surroundings. So great!

Renee Finberg said...

sounds very , very fabulous!

what a great adventure. !!
xx

Rhonda Roo said...

Oh. my. goddess. I just found your blog (finally the teenager in the house has other interests and does not hawg the PC)
and again
HOLY FLORIDA MACKEREL!
What an amazing hunka hunka paradise!
I keep forgetting to breathe looking at your site!
You could be my decorator, travel agent, cook, best friend, and neighbor foreveah!
OH if only i didnt live in North Florida!
Pooey.
Lovely beautiful heaven. You are officially deemed one of my happy places (and a twinklestar on my new blog) Thank you thank you.
{{sighs and drools}}}

sinnlighet said...

Agneta from Sweden loooooooove your blogg!!

John said...

Hello,First time reading your blog.Those pictures arre beautiful. I love the angles you used and really made us feel a p[art of your trip.Have a great time. I added myself to your blog,Stop by mine when you get a min.Always looking for a new friend

gertru said...

very nice blog!

Stephanie said...

my mouth is constantly agape...here visiting you....

my travel wish list book is overflowing with the places you visit and share...

holy moly

Love this place!

Karen Deborah said...

ok this post just slayed me deader than a doornail. WOWZERS just awesome. I love this style, these places and people and the PAPAYA! with lime of course, oh man you have got to go and see Britts blog, she is traveling and every picture is just so gorgeous.
This was a great trip!

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