|Our beautiful guardian angel, straight from Tiradentes . . .|
|. . . as are these cute couples|
|Table courtesy Tiradentes|
|Another table courtesy Tiradentes|
The other city that makes me daydream about moving is Paraty, which, like the "historic cities" in Minas, owes its frozen-in-colonial-time feel to the 18th century Brazilian Gold Rush. This shared history has left Paraty and Tiradentes with a similar look and feel, but for the fact that Tiradentes is landlocked and Paraty sits prettily on the water, conveniently located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. So convenient, that Mark and I had to make it a stop on our way back from São Paulo recently. Paraty has an architecturally beautiful city center, prohibited to cars, and is chock full of art galleries and bookstores. Paraty’s fame has grown considerably since 2003, when it first organized FLIP (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty), now an annual literary festival which draws authors and readers from all over the world.
First we found a pousada --
And then I ran to see the view --
And then we went to scout the restaurants --
And the galleries --
And the bookstores --
Paraty is truly frozen in time --
And on the way out of town I couldn't help but wonder -- any chance this house was on the market?