Published: September 19th 2009September 18th 2009
Condos in Belo
I was drawn to the variety of architecture of the high rise condos.
We had lots of fun today. For the first time in a week we did not have to get up early to see the doctor. We slept late and awoke to another beautiful day in BH. We decided to walk down to the Mercado do Central. It is about 1.5 miles from our hotel but the weather was perfect for a long walk.
On the way we passed the Laundromat that our concierge had recommended and checked it out. Our plan is to return next week for self service. Maria says there is a nearby Laundromat so we will check that one out too before choosing.
At the Market you can find everything. It is a huge place and lots to see. The colors and smells are amazing. I forgot to do a video which would have at least captured some of the sounds. The photos here give you a flavor of the variety of shops. We only purchased two things. First we bought a chapa (iron skillet). If you recall, Jackie’s favorite dish is frango na chapa, and we wanted to try to reproduce once we return. Stay tuned for that. The second purchase was nuts. I got a
This may be the first photo ever on Travelblog.org of a laundromat!
large variety of Brazil nuts, cashews, and macadamia nuts. This was an old routine when we lived here.
We returned in a taxi. After a rest break, we made our first visit to Minas Tenis Clube, our old hangout. There have been major changes there including an enormous building with indoor tennis, basketball, volley ball, and soccer. It is over seven stories high and includes weight rooms and a cafeteria. The old main building is still there. This is where the sauna, restaurant, and beauty shops are.
We were not prepared to swim so we just relaxed a bit with a cold beer then returned to the hotel. At 6:15pm we headed up to meet with Maria and family at Albano’s restaurant. Yes, another of our favorites. In fact, this is the restaurant where I watched all the World Cup matches in 1998 when Brazil finished in second place to France. There was great celebration in all but the final match, when France won.
Unfortunately, Maria fell ill and could not join us at Albano’s. Gilberto and Ester met us and had dinner. For some strange reason, I forgot my battery in my camera, again! I wanted some photos of
This is the famous Central Market. You cannot visit BH without visiting this market.
this place. Its theme is penguins. They are everywhere. I am not sure if it is part of the theme but they have a procedure to place a large block of ice in the men’s urinals. This was something that had not changed in the ten years since we lived here.
We took a taxi back to the hotel and crashed. Our plan for tomorrow is to visit Minas Tenis in the morning and then to Maria’s for feijoadea (a typical lunch served on Saturdays). Tchau.
There are more photos below