Alarm clocks rang early to awake Marcella, Ivanildo, Pietro, Roy & Silvia for their Sunday trip to the Bahian outback. By 9 o’clock we were in Santo Amaro, a historic town known also as the birthplace of Caetano Veloso, and after a quick walk around the center and a coffee (OK, there was a shot of cachaça as well), we drove another 20 kilometers to Paranaguá’s fazenda for a delightful day with our friend, his wife Shirley and their two adorable daughters.
After a sumptuous breakfast of juices and fruits, we explored his garden full of exotic plants, played on his elaborate playground, and we even got a chance to mount his horses for a trot down the road. Before we knew it, we were sitting at the table again for beers and a snack, and then it was time for a car ride to survey his extensive property, while lunch was being prepared.
The meal consisted of a vast assortment of vegetables, meats and sweets, and everything was so tasty that we stuffed ourselves to bursting, amidst lively conversation and good spirits.
A big ICBIE thank you to Paranaguá and his family, for a truly unforgettable day!
(Photos by Paranaguá)