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Last bit of honeymooning…

I know, I know, I keep posting these beach pictures, while most of us are dealing with cold winters, but I can’t help it!  We honeymooned in paradise, and revisiting these pictures helps me get through the winter too…

On our last full day at the beach, we decided to take a long walk and explore the other side of Maragogi, going towards the town and past it. It was, of course, another beautiful day…

Everything was picture perfect, and seeing all the fishermen boats lined up, added to the charm.

Can you imagine how hard it was to leave this place??

We had been here a week, and of course, we had gotten used to this lifestyle…  Stuffing our faces with ridiculous amounts of food, walking on the beach, taking naps on the shade…

We both just loved the town of Maragogi!  It was so peaceful and quiet…

That day, we walked far enough until we reached a river.

The view was too beautiful to pass up, and we couldn’t help but cross to the other side!

The other side was just as gorgeous, with the river on one side…

And the ocean on the other…

We walked until we reached civilization again — there was another resort right by the beach.  By then, it had been over an hour since we left the hotel, so after snapping a couple of pictures, we headed back.

The tide was definitely higher when we got back to the other side.

A lot of the beach we had been walking on had been washed out!  We even had to take the streets to get past some parts — if we had waited another hour, we could have ended up stuck on the other side of town with no way of walking back to the resort.

We were also getting hungry and tired.  We had left straight after breakfast, and it was almost 2pm at this point.  We both feared we would miss out on lunch too!

But we did make it in time to stuff our faces a bit more (how did I gain 8 lbs again?  Oh yeah, that’s right…)

And we even took a couple of pictures on the non-beach parts of the resort…

Can you tell how tanned we got?

The next morning was officially our last day in town, checkout was at noon, so we woke up VERY early (it’s good that the sun was already out at 5am, we took full advantage of it), and enjoyed a bit more of the beach.  The tide in the morning was low — we walked, walked, walked, and the water never went past our thighs.

I had to sit down to cool myself off a bit!

It was really hard to leave Maragogi.  The only consolation is that we knew we had another week left in Rio, to ease us back into normal life…

 

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More honeymooning!

If you thought I was going to only share a couple of pictures of our honeymoon, you thought wrong.  I was in paradise, and still haven’t fully showed you guys how paradise really looks like…

We slept with our doors open, and woke up with the sunrise (which was way too early).  This was the view from our room…

We took many long walks on the beach…

We crossed rivers…

We lounged on the shade (the sun in the northeast of Brazil is brutal, even though it’s not as hot as Rio — and not nearly as humid, nights were actually comfortably cool!)

We took boat trips…

We snorkeled…

We played with fish…

We went for nature walks by the resort…


We saw the resort from up above…

We stayed out until the sunset…

Our bed had a different surprise every day — both day and night!

We decided to explore the rest of the beach near our resort… (on the next post…)

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And we ventured outside of Maragogi…

One of the days of our honeymoon, we left the resort in Maragogi and went to explore a different beach for the day…  This was Praia dos Carneiros, about 40 minutes from our resort.

The tide was so low when we got there!  We walked on the water for 10 minutes, straight out, and it was still only touching our knees…

We took a boat trip, and I did one of my favorite things:  I dove head first off the boat!

Then we stopped by a secluded beach, where we could rub a sort of natural clay to take years off our looks (I don’t think it worked…)

By the time we got back to Praia dos Carneiros, the tide was much higher, the water was up to our waist, only a few feet away from the shore…

But that didn’t prevent us from crossing the parts that were the sand was no longer visible, to explore the other side of the beach…

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Honeymooning…

If there’s one way to summarize our honeymoon is this:  we went to paradise.

The northeast of Brazil is not that well known in the US, but there are some AMAZING places to visit.  Places like Salvador, Natal, Fortaleza, Porto Seguro, Recife, Maranhao, Maceio, Fernando de Noronha Island (I linked them all to google images if you’re curious) are all a piece of paradise.  They’re not as easy to get to as Rio and Sao Paulo, because there are no direct flights there, so you have to fly south to fly back north, but it’s worth the trip.

Karl had never been to the northeast but he fell in love with it on this trip.  They are small and less-developed areas than Rio, but they have a charm that’s unbeatable.  And the African influence a lot of these places have (the northeast used to be the where slaves were shipped to from Africa, back when we had slavery) adds to the culture — the food, the music, the architecture, the atmosphere…  Completely different than anywhere else in Brazil.  Rio should still be anyone’s first stop in Brazil, but if you ever get a chance, make that trip up north for a taste of paradise and amazing seafood.

My friend Gabi, recommended that we visit Salinas do Maragogi, an all-inclusive resort located in the city of Maragogi, in the state of Alagoas, in the northeast of Brazil.  At first, I was planning on visiting the city of Porto de Galinhas nearby, but the all-inclusive deal sounded too perfect for us.  I’m all for sightseeing and exploring the towns, but I had a feeling that during our honeymoon, after so much stress leading up to the wedding, we would want a place where we could just be beach bums, with no worries, no schedules, no planning.  Not spending any more than we budgeted helped as well.  We splurged for the honeymoon package (because when else are we going to have a honeymoon?) and got ourselves a beach front room.

We left Rio in the afternoon, arrived in Recife International Airport in the early evening, and hopped on our two-hour shuttle drive to the resort (this was wonderful, we had the shuttle to ourselves, no waiting around for other people and the driver was hilarious!).  We got there, checked in, and went into our room.

We were greeted with this…  Yep, a bed decorated with flowers and with towel designs (which were the theme each day — our rooms got cleaned in the morning, and again at night… we would leave for dinner and come back to flowers on our bed and chocolates on our pillows!)

The best part?  Customized robes that we got to take home!

And slippers too (which are now in their new home in DC!)

We still had time for dinner, so we ran over to the buffet restaurant.  The food was spectacular.  We had been to Punta Cana this year, and though their all-inclusive had good food, it did not compare to the food at Salinas.  Plus, every night there was a different theme, so we were always eating something new.  The variety was incredible!  And don’t even get me started on the unlimited coconut water!  Anytime I wanted I could grab a cup, and fill it up myself from the machines.  Fresh, yummy, coconut water (they’re usually R$3 each in Rio, so I definitely drank my money’s worth of it!).

We headed off to bed to catch up on sleep, and the next morning finally explored the beach…

The other reason we loved this place so much more than the ever-popular Caribbean resorts, is that you would leave the resort walking on the beach, and you were in a residential area, with houses and bed and breakfasts here and there (mostly very far apart from each other, a lot of undeveloped places).  There was not one resort crammed after another, that makes you feel like you are intruding other people’s spaces by taking a long stroll on the beach.  Plus, that also meant that the beach was quiet and not overcrowded, if you wanted a bit of peace, all you had to do was walk a couple of minutes away from the resort, and you had the beach to yourself.

We were also a 15 minute walk on the beach from the center of the town.  It was a small town, but they still had a few restaurants (which we didn’t go to, since we had the stuff in the resort), a few shops catering to tourists, and then a small supermarket, pharmacy, etc.  The area was also very safe — we slept with our beach front patio doors open every night, and walked with our cameras and not once were bothered by the locals (aside from some very chatty kids, that would crack me up with their stories).

We explored the resort as well… 

These crabs were by the riverside in a protected area, that happens to pass through the resort, so unfortunately, we ate no crabs on our trip despite seeing hundreds of them…

But we did find out that crabs could climb trees!  Who knew?  This guy was about 6 feet up the palm tree!

We got to see some interesting sea animals on our walks on the beach…  One day there were hundreds (literally HUNDREDS), of live sand dollars on the sand (and of course, I felt bad, and kept picking them up and throwing them back in the water).

I wish I had a video of this — the tiny little legs (or whatever they’re called) were all moving back and forth!

We saw a couple of Portuguese Man o’ War on the sand (luckily, we didn’t encounter any in the water).  I admit, that I wasn’t as nice to them and popped them all (I don’t want that crap washing back in the ocean and stinging me!).

And on our last couple of days there, we encountered this dead guy (and I think I warned you guys before — Karl in Brazil does what Brazilians do:  he wears speedos — much nicer tan lines too!):

What?  You want a closer look?

I even met the most adorable stray dog — who unfortunately had the biggest tick I’ve ever seen!  See that mole on her neck a few inches under and on the left from where you see her ear?  Yep, not a mole.  A tick, about the size of my nail and as thick as my fingertip.  I tried pulling it out with a napkin and the thing exploded with blood everywhere (oh, sorry, were you eating?).  I was able to pull the whole thing off later.  Poor doggy 😦  And yes, if I lived there, I would have taken her home (and to the vet).

We also made friends with stray kittens…

And we ate.  Oh, boy, did we eat…  And we drank…  My favorite new drink?  The “espanhola” (the “spanish woman”):  red wine, pineapple juice and condensed milk.  Sounds disgusting but totally yummy!

Plus we had our share of beers and caipirinhas…

Romantic dinners…

A very generous breakfast in our room (this was our patio, and that was our view…  I miss it…)

We ate cashews straight from the tree.  If you didn’t know, the cashew nut is that little thing you hanging at the bottom of the fruit, they crack that open, take the nut, and roast it — the yellow fruit is edible and makes spectacular juice.  If you’re curious to try it, Goya makes the concentrated juice and they sell it at the Hispanic sections of supermarkets.  Mix it with water and sugar = yum!

And we even had a private dinner at the beach bungalow on our last night in town — complete with our own waiter!

And these mini-lobster tails?  My new favorite thing!  Soooooo good!

And Karl always went for the shrimp dish…

Now you know why we both came back fatter!  (I mean seriously, I didn’t even take one picture of the desserts, because I would scarf that down before I even though of pulling out the camera!)

The honeymoon posts?  Are not over.  The best pictures from the beach haven’t even been posted yet, so stayed tuned (I wanted to get the details and all the food out of the way!

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