Blogs from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, South America

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South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte August 10th 2010

So ihr lieben oder Oi! wie der Brasilianer kurz sagt, gut 1 Monat bin ich jetzt schon hier und hab aus reiner Faulheit noch nichts von mir hören lassen. Schande über mein Haupt! Und auch jetzt schreib ich ehrlich gesagt nur mal wieder auf den letzten Drücker, aus Angst gar nicht mehr mit dem Erzählen hinterher zu kommen. Denn in gut 2,5h fährt schon unser Bus ab. Ziel: RIO DE JANEIRO!!! :) Ich weiß gar nicht wo ich anfangen soll und werde auf keinen Fall noch alles zuammen kriegen, was passiert ist, aber ich geb mein Bestes: Also, los ging das ganze Abenteuer natürlich am Flughafen in Belo Horizonte. Völlig planlos wie ich nunmal angereist bin hab ich mich mit nichts weiter als einer Adresse von meinem Hostel mit den örtlichen öffentlichen Bussen auf die Suche ... read more
Aussicht vom Praca do Papa
Mit Keith vor der Kirche in Santa Lucia
Mein Kabuff für die ersten drei Wochen

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte June 26th 2010

First impressions of Belo Horizonte were very good. The bus trip from Brasília to Brazil’s third largest city was another efficient journey, arriving in Belo Horizonte in the early hours. The hostel I had booked online was in one of the nicer areas south of the city centre. The person who runs it was incredibly friendly, letting me in at a very early hour and then giving me lots of advice on what to see in the city. All in Portuguese, and I understood everything he said, albeit I needed him to repeat the odd sentence. But I’m definitely more comfortable with the language now, even if half of the words I say are Spanish and not Portuguese. The important thing is that I can normally convey a message and understand the person I’m speaking to. ... read more
Mining and Metal Museum on Liberdade Sqaure
Liberdade Palace
Belo Horizonte Cathedral

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 26th 2009

Saturday Well, Friday night I was visited by the ghost of Montezuma. I can only think of one reason, the salad that I ate in Ouro Preto. I was already not feeling great at dinner and maybe that is another reason why I did not spend enough time checking the dinner bill. This is the only day on our trip that I did not take a single photo. I took many on Sunday so I have decided to do a double day blog. Since I was not feeling well we waited until late morning before leaving the hotel. We walked over to the mall Patio Savassi to do some final shopping. Jackie found some nice earrings for the daughters and herself. Later, we took a taxi to Maria’s for lunch. There we met Maria, Gilberto, Ester ... read more
Hippy Fair
Hippy Fair
Hippy Fair

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 24th 2009

Thursday Nothing much on this day. We slept late and then went to the tennis club. There was no one around. The men's spa opened at 3:30pm so we just took in the sun, read and waited. I chose a different masseuse. I was glad that I did since the first one just about killed me. After Minas we returned to the hotel for a little rest and then met Maria and Gilberto at 68 La Pizzeria. This is a hot spot for the chic and we had to add it to our list. Maria ran into many of her friends from her work. That's it. As I said above...nothing much on this day. Stay tuned for tomorrow, however, it was loaded.... read more
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South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 23rd 2009

Wednesday Today was meant to be a rest day. We have not been doing much lately and that’s worn us out. Actually, our plans were to go to Minas early, get some sun and a massage and lunch. But we seem to have caught the Atlanta disease, rain! Well, not rain but heavy overcast. So, we did not go to Minas at all. We stayed around the hotel until lunch when we walked down to the Restaurant Contemporanea. It is a neat little boutique restaurant with nice a menu. We were surprised to see fruit growing in a courtyard tree. Upon close inspection we discovered that it was a pomegranate tree. The fruit looked like Christmas ornaments hanging on the branches. Our food was some of the best we’ve had for lunch. Jackie had grilled chicken ... read more
Restaurant Contemporanea
Restaurant Contemporanea
Restaurant Contemporanea

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South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 22nd 2009

Tuesday I hear that it has rained a little in Atlanta while we have been gone. I guess the drought is over there. Maybe the lake will finally get filled and people will be able to water their grass. But you need to know that we had rain too. It rained for about one hour on Monday afternoon. Then on Tuesday the day started out with a few clouds and stayed that way most of the day. It didn’t actually rain but it threatened to and that put a damper on our plans to spend the day at Minas Tenis. So, instead, we did what anyone would do, we went to the ‘maos and pes’ spa to have our fingernails and toenails manicured. This manicure only cost $25US for both of us! Jackie had planned to ... read more
Tom learning how nice it is
Festival of Flamenco
Guitarissimo

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 19th 2009

Saturday & Sunday Wow, we had a great weekend. I have lots to report and pictures to share. On Saturday we took a taxi to Minas Tenis about 9:30am. We thought that would be early enough to find nice a place to set up for a few hours with lawn chairs, table and umbrella. Wrong! On the weekends, you really need to arrive about one hour earlier to claim a spot. That‘s something that we knew before but forgot. Tomorrow when we go we’ll get there earlier. The club is spectacular. It has over 20,000 members and four locations. The club that we attend is Minas 1, the oldest and finest in my opinion, particularly with the new building. It is more about leisure than tennis, however. We stayed for a couple of hours and then ... read more
Minas Tenis Clube
Minas Tenis Clube
Minas Tenis Clube

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 18th 2009

FRIDAY 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 ... read more
Laundromat
Mercado Central
Mercado Central

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 17th 2009

Thursday Another day started with a trip to the Docs. Jackie got almost all of the stitches removed and looks pretty much back to normal. Except she looks like a teenager. I hope he did not misunderstand me when I told him in my poor Portuguese that I wanted her to look like when I met her. Maybe he thought we went to the same high school. Anyway, we walked back from the clinic to the hotel. The weather here is wonderful. Each day starts about 66 degrees and heats up to about 85. And the humidity is low. There is usually a slight breeze making it ideal. For lunch Maria picked us up and drove us to her condo. We got to see her empregada (maid), Vera. She is the sister of ours, Gloria. We ... read more
The Praca da Liberdade
Band stand in Park
This building is on the square

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 16th 2009

Wednesday We had another quiet day starting with an early morning visit to Doctor Taranto’s office. After returning to the hotel we rested until about noon when I walked down to pick up my laundry at the 5-a-Sec (this is pronounced in Portuguese as Cinc-a-Sec). I chose to carry the clothes there since it appeared that the hotel rates were too high. I found out on Tuesday when I dropped them off that the rates were about the same. What we had was normal for about one week: 12 pair of underwear, 3-pair blue jeans, 1-pair pajamas for Jackie, some tee shirts, etc. What you would guess was the cost? How about $160 Reais or about $90.00US! I think I could purchase new more than half of what we cleaned. I had forgotten about the price ... read more
Jackie venturing out
View from my studio
My studio




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