Cruising Pipa, Brazil

Pipa is a Magical little town situated in the largest ecological sanctuary in the State of Rio Grande do Norte. A formerly quiet fishermen’s village with cobble stone streets, breathtaking views and warm waters, Pipa got ” discovered” by surfers internationallyin the late 70’s. It’s population and cuisine is almost like a ” Little Europe”… Nowadays, it’s a Gem for surfers, kiteriders ( Pipa means ” Kite” in Portuguese), down to earth, ecological, independent travelers that enjoy Nature. As well as for Lovers seeking for the perfect romantic spot. We landed in Natal, the closes big city and took a transfer for an hour and a half into the Beautiful jungle. Our Incredible Hotel awaited. Pipa has a great selection of Pousadas and Hotels and even hostels to choose from. Make sure if you stay by the beach, that your hotel’s STAIRCASE is in good conditions!!! Ask ahead since hotels by the cliff have 200 steps to go down to the water. We saw several in awful conditions and that could really be a challenge for your stay. Pipa has several Dreamy beaches, we stayed at Praia Do Madeiro but in a full day you can actually take a walk by all the local, Beautiful beaches. Towards the North side, you’ll see incredible, breathtaking cliffs that look almost hand painted, the earth changing it’s colours before your eyes as you blink! Praia da Casimbinhas is on your way to Tibau do Sul, where Lagoa de Guarairas is. This incredible phenomenon will amaze you as a sweet water lake merges into the ocean giving place to all forms of life such as beautiful pink dolphins, camaleons, turtles, lizzards…The entire Pipa area will amaze you. Watching the sunset at Tibau do Sul is a definite must!

Walking toward the South from Praia do Madeiro, you’ll run into Praia Do Amor, Bahia dos Golfinhos ( Dolphins’ Bay) where waters are very calm, there’s less surf and you can actually spot dolphins and relax from the wind as the mountain surrounds you. Pipa is a very windy area, so come prepared, whatever that means to you! ( And thank the wind, otherwise temperatures would be waaay higher! ;-D ).

Every single day, if you hang around long enough, you’ll get to make BEST FRIENDS with the local little monkeys that come by to say hello, looking for bananas, papayas, cashews and anything you’ll offer them! They’re kind, friendly and don’t bite.

Most hotels have transfers for a few bucks;  you can schedule pick ups and drop offs and go downtown Pipa to dine, shop, enjoy fun nightlife ( downtown Pipa is well known in the area for it’s Ecological vibe, Surf and Nightlife) and walk all the way passed downtown and stumble as we did with the ” real town” where it may not be so glam or cool but it has -THE BEST- restaurants the town can offer!

Pipa will bewitch you, even upon arrival you’ll see large coconut plantations, impressive cliffs, white sand dunes, coves and precipices. All surrounded by pristine , warm turquoise waters which you’ll be able to enjoy every day sipping some coconut water straight out of the fruit, kicking back and wishing time will stay still for ever!

 

BRA BLUFFS WHITE AMAZING BRA BEACH VIEW SUNSET GOLFINHOS BRA PIPA PINK FLOWERS BRA ALLY KISSING MONKEYS BRA TIBAU PIPAS BRA ALLY BEST CLOSE UP BRA MACAKINHO CLOSE UP BANANITABRA PIPA POUSADA FLOWERSBRA PIPA FAROLITOS BOTTLES BRA BEACH BRA COQUITO SMILING BRA PIPA SIGNS BRA DUNAS RED

Elegant Buenos Aires

Hello Everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR! …Long time , since I broke my wrist 2 months ago and I can barely type. BUT. that didn’t stop me from travelling!!! …Had a lovely visit to Buenos Aires…Where amazing old buildings stand tall among the fast paced city.

I found my time to walk around and managed to take some photos. We stayed near posh Puerto Madero, where Martin and I visited Fragata Sarmiento, a beautiful history filled boat. Along the days we made our way around  San Telmo, Palermo , Palermo Soho ( can you say Very Posh??!!) filled with lovely little book stores, shops and awesome restaurants…highly recommend dining there….

We cruised through the famous neighborhood of La Boca, where the world-famous Artist  Benito Quinquela Martin lived and opened an Art School… Here’s a tad bit more info about this Soulful Artist : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Quinquela_Mart%C3%ADn

We roamed around its’ Magical, colorful houses and made friends with a number of very friendly KATZ  ;-D

We dined at the gastronomic neighborhood of Las Can~itas, the trendiest yet, with its’ Fine Dining and Delicious Gourmet Restaurants..

I was Delighted to walk the lovely cobble stone streets and just looking at the Building tops exuding History…walking by old coffee shops filled with Tango, and Secrets from an other time…

Casa Rosada ( equivalent to our American White House)                                                                                              Casa Rosada, Argentinean ” White House”

The World Famous El Obelisco                                                                                                     The World Famous ” Obelisco”

 Peace and the City :-)

” Peace and The City”

Fragata Sarmiento, Puerto Madero

Fragata Sarmiento …Puerto Madero

Amazing Old Buildings....

Lovely Lil' Coffee Shop ...                                                                                       Lovely Antique Coffee Shop, San Telmo

San Francisco de Asis Church...Where the Argentinean Current Pope used to give his Mass!

San Francisco de Asis Church…The Church where our current Argentinean Pope used to give his Mass !

San Telmo, Orange Juice Man! LOVED HIS FRESH JUICE!      Man making Freshly Squized Orage Juice…It was ** Delish** !!!- San Telmo Neighborhood

Beautiful La Boca Neighborhood

Beautiful, Colorful La Boca Neighborhood….

La Boca " Little Gossip House of Dreams..."

” Little Gossip House of Dreams”
La Boca... MUST. GET.DA.KAT !!

MUST.GET.DA.KAT! La Boca Neighborhood

Beautiful Palermo Soho Restaurant...My Fave!

My Fave Restaurant in Palermo Soho!!