"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
After two great days in Buenos Aires it was time to move away from Argentina and on to Brazil. Our first two stops were Santos, a sizeable beach city and Ilhabela, a lovely little resort island off the mainland coast of Brazil. We also enjoyed a sea day in there somewhere, where shipboard activities include lectures, snoozing in a comfy chair by a window, walking the deck, knitting, staring at rainbows (and watching unicorns fly), knitting and collaborating over jigsaw puzzles in the beautifully appointed and well-stocked library.
These guys are deep into puzzle solving here............
We've enjoyed quite a bit of rain on this trip, which makes me exceedingly happy. And we have seen our share of rainbows too.
In Santos, I got a real treat with a visit from Mariana, Pedro, and their two lovely children. I've known Mariana since she was a teenager and lived with me as an exchange student waaaaay back in 2001/2002. We had a short but sweet visit at a local restaurant. They drove nearly three hours to come see me, from Sao Paulo.
Pietra sure looks a lot like her papa.
Santos is the port city if you're on a ship and want to visit Sao Paulo. While only about 40 kilometers away, traffic in and around Sao Paulo can be horrendous, so if you want to visit there, an overnight is usually recommended.
And Nuno favors Mariana. At least that's the consensus.
Our other stop was on the island of Ilhabela. It's quite a nice resort area. The name means "beautiful island" in Portuguese. Sleepy little town, pretty beaches, and soft winds made for a nice visit.
Oh lookie! Another rainbow!!
Kathi, Pat and I at the tender pier.
This building used to be a jail.
While a beautiful place, Ilhabela was also quite hot. The three of us settled down for a rest and a beer to cool off.
We've enjoyed some nice sunsets on board.
Stay tuned for more Pig Tales!!