4 November 2017

Brasil Trip 2017 - Week 3

Our third week in Brasil was a rather busy time, driving here there and everywhere, visiting friends, and even being tourists for a few days!  It was a truly wonderful week of exploring, relaxing, and spending time with friends and family.

Huge shout-out to Andre for his amazing photos!!!  Most of the photos in this post are by him, and I think they are just amazing!  You can follow him on Instagram for some more photography at andrelucasjc.

PS Once again, the photo quality will vary - some are from our iPhones and others are from our Canon 650D.  Also, the photos were taken by me unless stated otherwise.


Praia de Caraguatatuba
[photo by Andre]

We travelled 4 hours to the beach, and the car ride wasn't super fun (hence the baby out of the carseat!)... but the beautiful destination made it worthwhile. I think.

Finally we made it to the beach!! Sand! Water! Bright sun!

[photo by Andre]

[photo by Andre]

[photo by Andre]

Night walks onto the pier (we had to walk off our buffet dinner!). HUGE shoutout to Pastor Antonio Marcos for inviting us on the trip, driving us and feeding us for the couple days!

[photo by Andre]

[photo by Andre]

Shopping shenanigans :D
[photo by Andre]

Paulinho's pastel!! My favourite :D

Zoe had such fun playing with her little cousins (Andre's cousins kids)!!

Zoe finally got to meet her Vovô!!! (Grandpa) This was such a special moment for all of us (and it didn't take her too long to become accustomed to him!).
[photo by Juninho]

How sweet! Offering her food to Vovô!
[photo by Juninho]

Such special, special moments :)
[photo by Juninho]

In Brasil, the "thing" to do is hang out at the shopping centre... so we did - a lot! Also, air conditioning......
[photo by Juninho]

[photo by Juninho] 

This was a crazy moment. We all freaked out and dived for the cameras!
[photo by Juninho]

On the bus ready to go to Sao Paulo!

Pretty side streets

Andre doing his thing!...

...which resulted in this picture!
[photo by Andre]

We had a tourist day!! We began at Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo (free entry, and a nice quiet way to start the day).  




Next, we walked down the road to Parque de Independencia. A gorgeous building surrounded by pretty gardens, this was the place where Brasil's independence was declared in 1822 by D. Pedro.
[photo by Andre]

D. Pedro. And his friend ;)

[photo by Andre]








I just love old buildings, and I was so happy we got to see this one! Absolutely gorgeous!

I'm so happy to be able to share these photos with you; I personally love them and am so happy that we were able to capture some of these memories.

Get ready to check out week 4 of our trip, PLUS my reflections on travelling with a 9- and 10-month-old!

~Rachel


23 October 2017

Brasil Trip 2017 - Week 2

Week 2 of our trip to Brasil began with an engagement / wedding celebration on Sunday, the boys doing some work on the house on Monday, moving house on Tuesday, and then more renovations for the rest of the week!  Zoe and I were basically left to our own devices - hanging out at home mostly, but we also went to the shops to get out of the boys' way.

PS Once again, the photo quality will vary - some are from our iPhones and others are from our Canon 650D.  Also, the photos were taken by me unless stated otherwise.

One hand always near the baby to make sure she didn't dive off the bed! (For the record, she never took a dive ;) )
[photo by Andre]

Natassja and Guilherme's wedding celebration - so special! 

Poor Zoe got sick early in the week so we spent a couple days cuddling her and praying her better

Catching up with old (for Andre) / new (for Zoe and I) friends - Dia and Diogo

Tio Mateus and Tia Aline :)

Zoe playing with her cousin Igor - how cute?! This was before Igor realised Zoe doesn't know how to play "properly" and got defensive of his very well-planned car garages :P 

Car trips with the kids!

Esfiha - lunch, dinner, or anything in-between

Zoe learned how to play peek-a-boo!

Hanging out at home!

A relaxed, low-key week with family was just what we needed :)

~Rachel

19 October 2017

Brasil Trip 2017 - Week 1 {plus a wedding!}

We spent a whole month in Brasil this year! It was a wonderful time catching up with family and friends, and of course introducing Zoe to everyone!

One month is a long time, so I've decided to do a series of 4 posts with highlights of time with friends and family, food, and scenery from each week we were there. Enjoy!

PS The photo quality will vary greatly - some are from our iPhones and others are from our Canon 650D. Also, the photos were taken by me unless stated otherwise... credit must be given where credit is due!

[photo by Andre]

Stop-overs!



Somewhere between Australia and Brasil!

Our welcome from the family :)

Jet lagged, poor bubba! The first few nights we were awake for a couple hours in the middle of the night, but praise God Andre and I coped really well and were able to [patiently!] care for Zoe while she struggled with the time change

Zoe trying pastel for the first time

In Brasil, when you need cappuccinos, Starbucks is the place to go!

Standard lunch out - rice and beans (always!), meat and side salad

Spontaneous date night for açaí!

Playing with Tio Juninho

Breakfast, every day: coffee + bread (the chocolate was a special addition for one day only :P )

[photo by Andre]

Fun at the playground in the apartment complex

Playing with Tio Wagner

Teaching Zoe that horses are the best... she's agreeing with me so far ;) [photo by Andre]



Climbing the stairs to the apartment

Marcoaurelio's wedding day! [photo by Juninho]

[photo by Juninho]

[photo by Juninho]

[photo by Juninho]

Hanging out at the reception

I even played a spot of tennis! Thank goodness I'd taken a change of clothes :P 

Our nephew Emerson (wearing the red pants) playing soccer

Fun with Tio Paulo

[photo by Juninho]

So many memories - and so many photos of those memories! It was very hard to select just a few to share! Stay tuned for week two!

~Rachel