Aah Brazil...

Our weekend journey... via Ana Balbinot of A Beleza de Todas as Coisas blog... is to the city of Pinhais, a small city in the state of Paraná located in the south of Brazil. Pinhais is close to the state capital Curitiba. Here is a Map of Paraná...
First Ana is taking us to visit her parent's home of 35 years... We can sit here and relax with some refreshments after our long flight and look at the gardens...Yum... those Caipirinhas (National Cocktail of Brazil) look delicious... 5.0 cl (1⅔ fl oz) cachaça , ½ Fresh Lime cut into 4 wedges, 2 teaspoons Muscovado sugar ...Look at the bright yellow flowers in the tree... Ooh I see a pool... anyone for a dip...
What a lovely lawn area... perfect for a party!

Wow... just enough time to do a painting...

And now off to sightseeing around Curitiba... where to first Ana... Jardim Botânico ... beautiful! Palácio Avenida

From left to right... One of the major streets of Curitiba - Largo da Ordem, Sunday Market -Wire Opera House -Federal University of Paraná - Tanguá Park - Couto Pereira "Estádio Major Antônio Couto Pereira " - Museu Oscar Niemeyer - Portugal Park... You can read more about these places HERE


All the sightseeing... I'm famished... let's eat... where to Ana?

Ana's answer.... "You asked me about what kind of food we eat around here. Let me tell you: the Paranas's typical food is "barreado". It is made with meat that is cooked for 24 hours in a large pan made of clay and sealed with a mass of flour and water for the steam does not quit. In ancient times, people used to bury the pot for 1 or 2 days, completely sealed, before they cooked it. But today it is prepared in the wood stove. We eat barreado accompanied by fresh bananas, cassava flour and white rice. It is delicious, and it's a specialty from Morretes, one of the oldest cities of the state"...


Ana says, “Here is a picture that I like so much, from the train that goes to Morretes. This railway was built in 1800s and its considered one of our most difficult and impressive engineer work. And here is one of Morretes Post Cards, we call "casario de Morrtes" which is an image of the old houses and the Nhundiaquara River”...Photos via Ana


Morretes photos via Curitiba City Photo Blogger and Virtual Tourist ... there are great photos on these sites... you must explore more of Morretes! It is a lovely city to paint too...

Ooh... I'm a little tired... long day... I think I will check into this hotel... look "accesso internet" ... very important... so I can keep in touch with all of YOU!

No... apparently we are not finished... Ana is like the energizer bunny... she keeps on going... with more wonderful places to show us... Ana says, “Although Morretes is a beautiful city, I like Antonina more than Morretes. It’s smaller than Morretes, but I think it is more authentic. I love the old houses, the Port, the atmosphere!” Gorgeous place... My head is swimming... filled with history, beauty, culture... I must lay my head on pillow... Ana, please tell us where we can stay...

Ana replies... "Here is an ecologic hotel near Curitiba and half the way to Morretes, named La Dolce Vita. It's a wonderful place, with romantic appeal, French gastronomy (Ana knows Fifi loves French things), and nice services. I think your virtual guests will be happy to stay there."

I hope you enjoyed your virtual trip to Brazil... thank you Ana for being such a lovely tour guide and hostess!

33 comments:

Ana Balbinot said...

Dear Fifi,
You are such a great guide tour! I love your post very much, and I think people around here will be proud and glad with your nice words and kindness. I hope all your readers enjoy the trip and fell free to visit us virtually or realty anytime! Wellcome everybody!
Thanks Fifi, your such a wonderful person and a friend to keep always nearby!
Ana Balbinot

Camille said...

Thank you for the "tour"! It was beautiful and interesting. Your colorful paintings suit this tour perfectly. I think of lots of color when I think of Brazil.

amy said...

that house is my ideal house! all that lush greenery!!!

Luiz Borges said...

Hi Fifi! I'm Ana's husband and its the first time I visit your blog. I like so much, specially your paitings! Congrats for your job and thanks for the beautiful post you made.

My home - My life said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Love your pics on this post - so beautiful - thanks for sharing them.

Have a nice weekend.

A World in a PAN said...

I am following up on your painting of the dahlias (mary-laure.blogspot.com)!

heidi said...

Thanks for that lovely tour! Must go eat Brazilian food now...

Debbie said...

Thanks for the invite to Brazil Fifi, I'm so glad I came. I don't know where to begin as everything is positively gorgeous. And your painting is lovely as usual! Thank you.

Blessings - Debbie

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh, i LOVE Brazil, and have never seen this area (though my Husband has been there). That home is capital L lovely!! Your paintings are just amazing, and the way you put them in the post looks like you whipped them up in a matter of minutes!

Thanks for the Lovely tour Fifi and Ana!!

Chloe said...

I enjoy your blog a lot. Check out my fashion blog, Glambition! Thanks, and keep posting more amazing topics!

Mariafer said...

Hi Fifi, thanks for stopping by, I'll be posting soon...an I love the idea about the Florida post, let me know what i should do.
I looooove Brasil!!! I spent most of my summers there...great post. Have a great weekend..
Maria

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Oh what a lovely country. What is that tree with the Yellow blossoms? It's is gorgeous.
I love all the photos and both of the paintings of course. Well done. I loved my virtual stay here, but I not ready to leave yet. :))

Tracey said...

Great pictures and I love your painting of the city of Morretes!
I loved your comment on my last post about thinking I had bought a farm and some more animals......OH HOW I WISH :)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Mmmmm....I never met a caipirinha I didn't like. :-) And your painting of the courtyard with the bright blue shutters is even more delicious!!

Teal Chic said...

Gorgeous photos!!! I am loving these paintings as well. I really could use a caipirinha! Thank you so much for sharing your graphic designers info, I am not quite sure if I'm going to switch providers. I will be in touch if I decide to stick with blogger. Thanks!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

Rick said...

I've enjoyed looking at your blog. I especially enjoyed your art. You have a very creative, fun style.

Ms. Tee said...

Your photos are beautiful and so is your paintings. And the *accesso internet* definitely made me smile. :) Have a great Sunday!

Love Your Homes said...

Dear Fifi. I love this post in favour for Ana and her beautiful Brasil. It brings me wonderful memories from my years in this country....thanks for sharing our world,Ingela

Ann said...

What a nice place and nice photos you've shared with us. The food really looks good. And of course the artworks are so lovely.

sealaura said...

Great tour! I just love those caipirinhas!. I wish I knew where to have a good feijaoda here in socal.
Muito obrigada!

Marie Louise said...

Hi Laura - just wanted to give you the heads up that I've bestowed the "I love your blog" award to you that was given to me by Laura over at World in a Pan in Paris. I do check your posts out every day, so I thought it was only fitting. Not sure if you have the time to participate or not but if you'd like the general idea is to award it to 7 of your favorite blogs. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Visual Vamp said...

Fifi darling,
When are you going to go to Buenos Aires? I have lots of photos on my blog that might inspire you. Please feel free to help yourself.
This post was charming as ever...
xo xo

Janet said...

Fifi,

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment about the Bipolar house. It really is very fun inside as you imagine yourself in Tuscany, but a tough sell for the agent(thankfully not me). Love your tour of Brasil and of course I love all your paintings; they are such fun.

Janet @ Housepeepers

Jillian said...

Just fabulous pictures and the paintings are wonderful, too!

Jillian

Anonymous said...

Ficamos muito alegres e contentes por podermos viajar um pouco pela via da beleza e assim desfrutarmos da sensibilidade presente no seu blog.
A pintura que você fez a partir das fotos da nossa casa é, ao mesmo tempo, uma bela expressão desse lugar que tanto amamos como também da sua sensibilidade, imaginação e criatividade.
Estamos muito felizes de saber que nossa filha Ana Balbinot encomendou esse quadro trazendo para nós uma face da nossa casa vista pelo seu belo olhar de artista.
Agradecidos enviamos nosso carinhoso abraço
Vilma e Ronaldo, pais da Ana Balbinot

Kwana said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour and your beautiful paintings.

Teal Chic said...

Hi Fifi, I updated my blog today, and finally posted your picture. It looks fantastic if you'd like to check it out! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Candi

Lipstick said...

Oh Fifi, I love this post. I love how you post your inspiration and then your art.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Wonderful tour! Thanks for sharing :)

Fifi Flowers said...

Ana's friends and family... I'm so happy you enjoyed this post... it was wonderful to work with Ana. She's a delightful person!

Ana thank you for sharing your country with me... and everyone else in this fabulous world of blogging!

Great to hear from so many people... thrilled that you ENJOYED your trip to Brazil!

Emily ~ Little Window Shoppe said...

This was simply beautiful! Thank you for the lovely virtual tour. I think I'm going to add this to my wishlist.

Paloma said...

Stunning pictures! What a beautiful place. :)

Tartelette said...

We just watched "The Year My Parents Went On Vacation" set in Sao Paulo in 1970..and then I came to read your blog and find this wonderful tour of Brazil! Love it!!

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