The Road to Tiradentes

March 2, 2010

Our drive today was beautiful.  There were rolling green hills and valleys with picturesque farms, green pastures dotted with cows (particularly comforting as I just read Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and am loosely considering veganism, sort of).  The hills, really anywhere that earth is exposed, are bright red with iron deposits.  This whole area of Minas Gerais is part of the antiquated Brazilian gold and mineral routes from the coast to the interior.  Tiradentes itself is a very charming town with restored historic buildings.  We’re staying in an old mansion that feels like a home, and had a delicious, comforting mineiro lunch.  It’s all a welcome contrast from the beaches with their bleached our light and rasta feel.  It’s nice to be where it’s cool, and old, in the mountains.  Pictures to come tomorrow.


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