"Don't wake me up -- I am enjoying this dream"
I have been trying to figure out "How to state how much we love this area of Brazil", without using words like "great', "favorite", "nice" and on and on! The most sincere way is the following.........
If my parents had been Brazilian, I would not have been upset!
We have spent a week between Florianopolis and Joinville, Brazil, with visits to Camboriu, Blumenau, Pomerode, Bombinhas, Porto Belo, Itajai, Gaspar, Brusque, Sao Francisco do Sul and Joinville. This area has been a real eye opener. This area also has me concerned about home, and what has gone wrong in our California paradise! "California" is thought, by many, to be perfect. It is nice. It is beautiful. But there are problems. Litter, graffiti and dirty in places.
Many may read this and think I have turned on the USA. That is not true. But it is also not perfect. And Brazil is not perfect. But, this area of Brazil is cleaner than any area that I have visited in the USA. I am not sure if it is the German influence, but it is clean. No litter. No dirty cars. No dirty busses. The streets are spotless. If you see a piece of litter, it strikes you as an "unusual" eyesore!
In the city parks the trash is put directly into 4 different colored trash cans for recycling. There is a cultural difference in this part of Brazil, and it is working!
We are in Florianopolis, Brazil. It is the 6th of April and we head out for a local relaxing ride in the western parts of Florianopolis, which is on the mainland.
The picture, below, is taken from the mainland. We are staying in the high rise area on the other side of the bay.
(we took a picture from the hilltop, where the antennas are in this picture (see 5 pictures down))
This is the Atlantic Ocean, not a lake.
The closer buildings are on the island, in the city of Florianopolis.
Florianopolis is also on the mainland.
On the 7th of April (Saturday) we leave Florianopolis and head for Bombinhas, Brazil.
We got caught in the rain and had to don our rain gear.
This picture is taken from our hotel room at the Pousada Villa Paradiso.
Click on the link for more pictures of the grounds of the hotel.
I have been traveling for over 2 months, on this part of our trip, and it is places like these which makes me feel like I just left home!
On Easter Morning, we get a knock at the door, and room service delivers our breakfast and Easter Eggs!
We loaded the bike up for a 200 mile "day trip" to the German areas of Santa Catarina. We are driving through very rural areas and all of a sudden, the road is lined with over 100 shops.
They are not selling fruits -- or leather goods -- or trinkets -- or pots --- or jewelry -- or wicker ware ---
Just outside the city, we ride by "Hering Harmonicas". (Hering Harmonics). It was founded by Mr. Alfred Hering in 1923. According to their web site, the Hering company has long enjoyed a reputation as a world leader in the manufacture of fine harmonicas. How strange it is, to ride a motorcycle through the tropics and come upon a "Harmonica Factory", which you would expect in Germany. But in BRAZIL?
On the 9th of April, it is time to leave our beach retreat and head north to Joinville, Brazil.
This picture was taken 20 feet from our room...........
The coast line of Brazil has been great! What a ride this trip has been!
Our last view of Balneário Camboriú, as we continue north.
Then we took the small, 2 lane road, up the coast, passing many beaches like this.
Our hotel is near the leg of the microwave tower.... (Bourbon Hotels)
We have been emailing, back and forth, with a gentleman named Mike Jacobs, who is riding South America on a Kawasaki 650. Today we are going to ride and meet him, and the family he has been staying with. It is also my Dad's 82 birthday, so it is time to Skype him and say Happy Birthday. He is heading to the Amazon Basin in May.
We met Mike Jacobs in Sao Francisco do Sul, which is the 3rd oldest city in the Brazil.
This place is good for about a 10 point drop in blood pressure. Very relaxing!
Mike Jacobs is on the left. The gentleman riding a Honda is Schemmel, and his wife Rita.
Schemmel and Rita invited us for dinner, but Sandy left her medicine at the hotel, and we were concerned about riding the 30 miles back to Joinville after dark.
That is it, through the 10th of April, 2007!
"Don't wake me -- I am enjoying this dream"
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