us a mere 10 minutes to get to downtown and another five minutes to get
to the Beach Area. Immediately Gleyce brought to my attention the abundance
of out of town license plates from other cities in Brazil.
We were picked
up at the airport by Othamar's friend, Fabio and taken to our Hotel. The
Tropical Tambau, a very nice hotel located directly on Cabo Branco Beach.
What a place . . . beautiful!! Although we were not immediately impressed
with our first room with an Ocean view after voicing our concerns to the
management they agreed the Ocean View rooms were in the process of being
updated, apologized and moved us to a much newer as well as larger two
bedroom suite for the same price with a Garden View. It was Great !!
they fed us like royalty with a huge Brazilian Style Breakfast Buffet with
everything imaginable. Omelets cooked to order, an array of tropical fruits
some of which I have never seen nor heard of, breads, cakes, juices, coffees
and teas ... Amazing!! And all you can eat too!! Brazilians love their
did take us around quite a bit when we were there we did venture off by
ourselves on several occassions with no trouble at all. Within steps of
the Hotel there was all anyone could want, shops, restaurants , cafes,
vendors and the streets filled with the most friendly happy people you
ever wanted to meet and beaches, beaches and more beaches !!
So much more
comfortable then Natal to say the least. Downtown was a short taxi or bus
ride away and it was no trouble at all getting either to take you there.
In the center of dowtown is a large lake called Lagoa. At night they light
it up and it is a beautiful site.
was extremely well organized and kept clean day and night by street sweepers.
The class of people was remarkably better. The prices cheaper and amazingly
low. You felt an immediate connection to the city and it's people.
Such a safe,
welcoming ,relaxing place. No Crime to speak of, No Hurricanes, No Earthquakes,
No Threats of Terrorism and a Stress Relieving environment of which I have
never seen or experienced in my life. It was all I wanted and hoped Boca
Raton would be but never was to me !!
it Paradise . . . . A place a person could live like a King and for
so much less than I ever expected.
After a short
while it was evident that there was an absence of Americans although there
were a few, and very few Europeans as well. Just Brazilians from all parts
of Brazil. We were however very much welcomed and it dawned on me that
no one other than Brazilians knew about this place at all, as a matter
of fact I have learned that even some Brazilians do not know about this
place !! A very well kept secret for sure or at the very least an undiscovered
Paradise of a City. . . . Joao Pessoa!!!
The most memorable
part of this second visit to Brazil was of course meeting my grilfriend,
Gleyce, mom for the very first time. We all visited Joao Pesoa - they loved
the city as well.
In fact, we
loved it so much we are planning on constructing a private community there
for ourselves and our friends, both American and Brazilian alike. We will
call it Vila dos Amigos . . . . . Village of Friends on the beach of course!!
A most pleasant
place to vacation with your family and even a better place to consider
retiring to. Remember the name . . . . Joao Pessoa as you will undoubtebly
hear so much more about this place as people begin to discover it as we
did and have. I am looking forward with great anticipation to years and
years of stressless happiness there with Gleyce and Felipe and our Friends
both Old and New: American and Brazilian!!
the essentials for some Americans . . . . Yes they have plenty of excellent
malls and supermarkets.
Go there soon
and enjoy and relax !!
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