Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wandering

9 o´clock in the morning, driving up to Minas and heading directly to the town I was born, so exciting to get back to a place that I left a long time ago, how I miss the blue sky and the gentle people and the simple life , friends, old friends of my dad...

First stop: The house we used to live in Lavras city , a small town that´s growing up faster now
I was 2 years old when I left to go to live in São Paulo but my dad stayed there for more 13 years and every holiday I got back to spend my days with my dad , the best memories I have from my childhood: go fishing , playing with my dogs and playing with kites with my brother, looking up to the sky and counting the stars were one of the hundreds of outside playing I remember so dearly!

Vicente is my dad´s good old friend who is a real artist, makes wonderful wooden toys like this train and...
here it is , his working corner with some of his creations , aren´t they cute? the dolphins, the cubes and the puzzle



And the studio...

And some other toys ...


Having lots and lots of conversation ...


And finally, Wednesday is over, I´m at the hotel now in this room and my parents are beside , yes we are separate because I go to sleep late after writing the blog, playing my farm stuff, reading e-mails and so on and so forth...

Day 2 - A short trip to Tiradentes, Bichinho and Prados in Minas Gerais State which I strongly recommend to you if you come to Brazil or especially if you live here!!!

Landing up to the Main Church

Home made goodies shop, yummy!!!

Listed as Brazil´s cultural heritage, Tiradentes city is one of the Portuguese Vilas of Brazil´s XVIII century Gold Cycle

Entrance to artist Oscar Araripe´s studio which I like a lot for his colorful paintings and brilliant ideas!

Windows, don´t you just love them? And these were so eye catching for the lace curtains hung inside and the little white cross hanging on the door

And old door knob and door lock, the background green color is so very beautiful


Bichinho is a smaller villa near Tiradentes and there are hundreds of art studios like Oficina de Agosto and other shops like this , shown above.

Another curious place to visit : Museu do Automóvel da Estrada Real, we could feel like in the time machine, looking at old beautiful cars , Bel Air 1956, Buick Phaeton 1928, Ford, Chevrolet and many more.

Amazing culinary tradition like this trooper´s food that´s so very typical in this town and it´s definitely on my list of the favorites!!!

And the day is over now, after visiting and taking pictures of wonderful scenes , art, metal and wooden stuff, my heart is full of joy, being a couple of days away from home feels so good , I can hear my thoughts, put some organization in my mind and then I feel more centered but... I also miss my dear little girl that stayed with my brother and the precious companionship of my husband. I wish I could talk to him right now .

Thank you for following me on this trip.

Wishing you the merriest of days as you reflect on what was your childhood, the good old friends, the smell of your grandma cooking your favorite cake or just take your time and talk to who you love, about the past or to look forward to what is yet to come.

Comments

19 comments:

Sweet bug said...

Hei!! You're having fun!! And I am glad to hear so. I just told my students about Minas. Ouro Preto, Tiradentes...
Miss you!!!

Vanessa Maurer said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaa agora eu descobri mais um, dos tantos motivos porque gosto tanto de você... você é mineira, uia... AMO Minas Gerais... adoro o povo, a comida, as paisagens, o estilo de vida... faça uma boa viagem e volte com a "mala" carregada de boas recordações... Beijocas

shi said...

que passeio delicioso :) eu sou completamente apaixonada por Minas, preciso programar meu passei para breve :D
beijocas

Mina said...

Andrea: What a coincidence!!! Have a great day, I love you!

Van: Só pude conferir quanto trem bão tem por lá!!! beijos!!!

Shi: Com certeza você encontrará muitas boas energias e trará boas lembranças também, beijos!!!

jacqueline said...

WOW such a wonderful trip! Thanks so much for taking us with you and sharing your story with us! I really enjoy reading everything. Your papa's friend makes the most cutest wooden toys! Brazil is so beautiful and full of cultural heritage. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

Robyn said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful and beautiful journey.

I love the toys :)

best wishes
Robyn

gardenmama said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful visit of your childhood home! What lovely photos and memories you have shared! Warmest wishes to you on this weekend : )

Maria Amélia said...

Que linda viagem!! É muito bom voltar ao local de origem e rever um pouco da nossa história. Também faço isso de vez em quando. Fiquei feliz com sua visita. Adoro seu blog. bjinhos. mamélia

Angela said...

Thank you for coming to my blog, so I got a chance to visit you here in Brazil! What a wonderful trip you took us with! I loved that train! My grandson would surely make me buy it for him! Now that I have found you, I will go back on your blog and learn more about you and Brazil! And hey, you speak Portuguese - maybe you can help me write letters to "my children" in Mozambique? Muito obrigada! Your new pal Angela

Mina said...

Jacqueline: I hope one day you come by with your husband and visit all these beautiful places Brazil has to offer! Have a lovely Sunday and a great week!!!

Robyn: Thank you for coming, have a wonderful week!!!

Nicole: Thank you , I like to show my childhood memories here , it´s a very pleasant way to keep it and one day my child will read it.

Mina said...

Mamélia: Adoro seu blog também, muito obrigada pelo seu carinho aqui no meu cantinho! beijos e boa semana!

Angela: It ´s a pleasure to help you with the Portuguese language , just let me know okay? And thank you so much for visiting me here. Have a great week!!!

greystrawberrys said...

beautiful scenery and loved the workshop and all the cute toys! :) Hope you are well <3

xoxox

Angela said...

Mina, how come you speak so many languages? English so well, Portuguese, while you LOOK as if you came from China? Or where from? Oh, I will be happy to write you a letter for my kids in English that you could perhaps translate. Qu`amavel da sua parte!

jacqueline said...

Dear Mina, i hope all its good and that you are having a wonderful week so far! I love your blog banner...isnt that new? i tot it is. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Flávia said...

Olá, Mina!

Comecei a me aventurar pelo mundo da cerâmica e cheguei até aqui. Qual não foi minha surpresa quando li seu post sobre Minas. Meus pais são de lá e quando criança passava as férias em Prados e Bichinho.

São lugares lindos, inspiradores...

Bjsss

Lori ann said...

Mina, i'm finally here! what a wonderful post, it was lovely to see you with your parents, taking the necessary time away from home and responsibility. I'm so glad you had such a nice time. And then to come back to your husband and sweet daughter, yay!

I am so excited to see a couple of my good friends here, Angela and Robyn. I love all the surprises and joy that blogging brings!

love,
lori

jacqueline said...

Dearest Mina, i came by to wish you a lovely merry happy mother's day weekend! Happy mother's day to you! Love to you and yours!

Mina said...

Sarah: I hope you are well, I loved your new camera!!!

Angela: Please let me know when you want me to translate your letters, okay? Just send me an e-mail to cecilia dot mina at gmail dot com

Jacqueline: Thank you so much for coming here , I love your warm words that make me happy every day!

Flávia: adorei seu blog também, já virei seguidora, nada como um arzinho do campo, os céus de Minas... que bom que encontrei alguém que viveu debaixo do mesmo céu que eu!

Lori: I´m glad you´re back and you had a great time , too! And yes, Angela and Roby, I am so excited that they are my new readers and new friends because of you!!! Thank you and have a Happy Mother´s Day!

sonia said...

ei neguinha que coisa boa tudo ein!!!!!!!!!Minas sempre é tudo de bom,adorooooooooo............bjosss