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Brazil | Waterfalls, Gardens and Birds

Here is a snippet of our memorable second week starting with flying from Rio down to Foz do Iguazu.  We had a few days to tour Itaipu Dam, see the gorgeous Iguazu Falls from the Brazil side, wander around the town and enjoy a few relaxing hours by the hotel pool.  Then flew up to Campinas and enjoyed our days with some very special families and couples near there, eating way too much delicious food and fun barbecues and seeing more areas of this beautiful country!

Itaipu Dam is on the border of Brazil and Argentina and is a massive hydroelectric dam.  I don’t remember many of the technical details but it took many, many years to build and it now provides power to all of Paraguay and a large area of Brazil.

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One of my very favorite places in Brazil is Iguazu Falls.  It was such a great day taking in this wonder of nature.  We went there thinking we would also cross over to Argentina to see the falls from that perspective as online reviews recommend.  After spending a few hours hiking along the falls we all felt totally content with the incredible experience we had here.  Walking along the trail catching glimpses of waterfalls thru the trees and from the numerous viewpoints it feels fresh and invigorating.  Now and then getting a blast of mist or a major spray when you’re right up close to Devil’s Throat.  Especially out on the walkway, no wonder they have a little hut set up selling rain ponchos!  But on a hot day it felt good too.  What blew me away was how the waterfalls go on and on.  All these falls that would be magnificent and attention grabbing on their own and these are continuous for a very long stretch!!  Nature is amazing and Iguazu is extraordinary!

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Parque des Aves – Iguazu Bird Park

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My dream house in Brazil, it’s a bit far from the beach but I know I would have really great neighbors!!

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We were taken for a tour on a steam train, it was neat to see more of the countryside along with being in great company.

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I really admire people that have a green thumb and beautiful gardens around their home.  Colorful tropical plants filling this lady’s backyard, it was really pretty and smelled so nice!  I never knew there was a flower that smells like chocolate but she has one!

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A must in Brazil is to experience dining at one of the churrascarias.  Skewers of piping hot meat in all cuts brought around to your table.  I can see why they are becoming quite popular in Canada even now too!  It tastes so good and I always over-ate but it was really fun!

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This was really funny and a photo that makes me smile.  A pet chicken!  And he was brave to hold it while I took a photo.

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I’ll end this with this photo that Kent kindly took of me with these sweet, handsome little boys!

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Thank you to our new Brazilian friends, these memories are treasured and we appreciate your many kindnesses + wonderful hospitality!  xoxo

2 January 2014 - 11:07 pm

Melissa - Jenelle, these are unreal…you took my breathe away!

28 December 2013 - 11:07 pm

Nona - It was a great time in Brazil shown by the stunning photos!!
Good to have a photographer on the trip!!!

Brazil | Rio de Janeiro

Many people have asked why we went to Brazil.  It was random but we are glad and enjoyed our time there so much!  Over a year ago, I entered a contest Air Canada had online.  I saw the contest a few times but wondered if it was even worth it.  Then one day went thru the steps of telling what I love about travelling, uploaded a photo from a trip to Africa and it asked you to select anywhere in the world that you would want to travel.  I had never been to South America so thought Brazil sounded good and São Paulo popped up as an option.  A bit later an email came with instructions for the next step that needed to be completed in 3 days and a code at the end for free airfare for one from Regina – São Paulo return.  Kent’s first response was “have a nice time!” but I’m glad he was up for an adventure and my parents as well!!  So it ended up with a trip that cost a lot more than what my free airfare saved but we definitely had an amazing first trip to South America!

We ended up going straight from the São Paulo airport to the bus station and headed up to Rio de Janeiro to our wonderful hotel just half a block off of Copacabana Beach.  We had a couple rainy days walking on the tiled sidewalks all over Copacabana then hot, sunny days to enjoy the magnificent views from Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain where the Christ the Redeemer statue is.  Being connected to a couple and their daughter who has studied English and spending a day together across the harbour at Niteroi was a highlight and very special!  Crossing back to Rio by ferry at sunset we had a wonderful day.  We could have easily spent more time in Rio, it is a beautiful, scenic city with plenty to explore and the beaches just like they are known for are some of the finest!!

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2 January 2014 - 11:10 pm

Melissa - You always convince me with your images that I need to visit these places! Amazing views!

28 December 2013 - 11:12 pm

Nona - These are wonderful reminders of a gorgeous city….and of our fun times taking in the many sights and attractions! And the fun day we had with Kelly & her parents!! Thanks for the album of memories!!

12 December 2013 - 8:03 pm

Joan - You have done it again with beautiful pictures…. what a wonderful trip!
I love the aged hands:)

9 December 2013 - 2:51 pm

Kelly Ferreira - Mum laughed beside me when she saw my dad! Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing!

9 December 2013 - 1:11 pm

Daysha - Wow! Some really neat buildings and places!

Brazil | Preview

It has been busy, busy since coming home!  These are just a few photos of our recent travels in Brazil and more to come as I sort thru all the images.  We had such a great time!!  Sugar Loaf Mountain offers stunning views of Rio de Janeiro.  It is possibly my new favorite city!  One magnificent waterfall after the next, we enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and refreshing hikes at Iguazu Falls.

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2 December 2013 - 3:00 pm

Carla - Wow….amazing!! I agree with Laurie…I can’t wait to hear about it and to see more pictures!!

30 November 2013 - 9:28 am

Nona - Ahhhh! Yes breathtaking scenery!! Great photos – great memories of a beautiful time in a beautiful country!!

28 November 2013 - 6:54 pm

Joan - oh my ! this is a wonderful start:)

28 November 2013 - 9:31 am

laurie - absolutely amazing!!! can’t wait to hear about your trip & see more pics!!

26 November 2013 - 1:30 pm

Lisa w - Sooooo gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more!

Beautiful Skies

We definitely have living skies in southern Saskatchewan.  Another perk of living in the country to fully enjoy big skies and colorful sunsets!!

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12 December 2013 - 8:05 pm

Joan - The falls pictures are so real and obviously the Brazil side does not take a back seat to the Argentina side. Thanks so much for sharing your great trip with us!

2 December 2013 - 3:04 pm

Carla - Beautiful !!!