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THE CLIFFS, CAMILA, THE BUGGIES AND CAPT'N NICK
Well , to finish this and Alagoas off , the cliffs , this time for real , with my Camilinha as perfect fotomodel......
Then , to prove that Ilha da Croa is not only rocks and ocean , the almost unavoidable buggies as fun and necessary means of transportation in such remote places.....
Of course we used them again for the sheer fun of speeding down desolated beaches.....
And then , on the last picture the group and Capt'n Nick prominently placed in the front center..... This guy was really great and fun to talk to and his hotel is superb , should you ever go to Ilha da Croa.....Related to:
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THE COLORED SEA CLIFFS OF ILHA DA CROA
Imagine these maybe 15 meter high cliffs in different layers of different stones with different colors....
( next tip : pictures of Camila on the cliffs) .
Here you can see our feet ( Paulis, mine , Camilas) on a flat stone of the beach..... these are really the natural colors of the rocks and while Camila has allready washed off her warrior painting I'm still "ready for a fight"....
Just like half an hour before taking these pics the twelve of us were scratching on every rock in sight , mixing the powder with some water and applying the paste to our bodies. Some had real abstract paintings on their back but I was too busy myself to take pictures...
So this is my Off The Beaten Track Tip: visit the rocky sea cliffs on Ilha da Croa and have preferably someone you like make an artistic , surrealistic , walking painting out of yourself......Related to:
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Capt'n Nicks Hotel and first visit to Ilha da Croa
40 km or so up ( that means north) of Maceio is Barra de Santo Antonio which has been seeing quite some tourism and weekend house construction but only 15 minutes by boat , at the tip of a peninsula , is ILHA DA CROA with beautifull beaches , especially the one I'll present in the next two tips. But first a word about our hotel..... In the forlorn tip of the peninsula is just a very small , simple and "dusty" village and right after , almost unbelievable , a very chic , expensive looking bungalow hotel with the name of ( something like this , can't remember exactly ) Nicholas' Hotel . The floor of the lobby shows the oceans with the "gods of the winds" and everywhere the name Nicholas.... Turns out that the owner is Nicholas , we later call him Capt'n Nick , a Greek who has been living in Brazil since decades.... Here he has fulfilled his dream and built his dream hotel... but we're the only guests..... Well maybe the season or not enough propaganda or whatever...... Anyway , the 12 of us , like the Dirty Dozen , take over the hotel in no time including the owner....( see Nick in second tip from now)
But here , first , a few pics of the first day.... with the boat to Ilha da Croa where we soon found out what the great fun is besides taking a swim...... see continuation....Related to:
REAL FIRST STOP , PENEDO
After having finished my Intro Page for Maceio , which I call "First Stop , Maceio"... I remembered that we stopped first in another city in Alagoas , Penedo , which I had completely forgotten. I had that stop way in the back of my mind and had only remembered that we crossed the Sao Francisco River by ferry..... But browsing the "Lonely Planet" guide for Brazil I discovered Penedo and remembered on the spot a few things I'd like to share even though I do not have one picture of Penedo , because we arrived via ferry after dark and left next morning. Penedo is a little jewel of colonial buildings and 17th and 18th centuries churches on the bank of majestic Rio Sao Francisco , so much as "even" Dom Pedro II. , second and last emperor of Brazil visited and stayed in the city ( a fact Penedenses are still proud of today ). The city was founded mid 16th century when Duarte Coelho Pereira pursued Caete Indians who supposedly had killed a bishop. Today it is an almost untouched ( by tourists ) center of trade of the Lower Sao Francisco Region. We stayed at a fantastic , simple but interesting hotel "Sao Francisco" where we had the most spacious , a little run down , but comfortable room with a nice terrace overlooking the river. The feeling of old , imperial , clean , spacious and unbeatable view just made the stay extra nice. We all made a half hour long walk between the sites of colonial past and then took the advice of the hotel clerk to have dinner at "Forte da Rocheira" restaurant. Situated on top of an old fort we had to climb quite a few stony steps on a narrow path untill we reached the restaurant terrace ..... There were no other guests that night and practicaly occupying the whole terrace the twelve of us pigged out on sea food and meat till we "almost" dropped.....
BTW , hotel and restaurant were almost "ridiculously" cheap.....Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
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