Oi! (Tha's hello in Portuguese)..
It is very,
very difficult to describe how incredibly beautiful the region of Brazil
that we visited is. The town of Trancoso is a transformed hippie
village that now thrives on international tourism to those who are willing
to travel a long, long way to find paradise. With quaint shops and
restaurants nestled in the Quadrato (the town square), you are as likely
to see wild horses milling about as you are street vendors or popcorn
We visited a native Indian reservation, and a few small towns, where I
was able to gain a great feel for the magnificent colors and craftsmanship
of the Brazil's Bahia region. I would have loved to have been able to ship a
container full of the findings that we found. Maybe on my next
The collection of materials that I was able to bring home is inspiring.
I was fortunate to meet a local artisan who helped me to gather lots of
"ingredients" that I am now using in some of my new designs.
Although there was quite a communication gap between her Portuguese and my
English, we collaborated in literally making the findings that I brought
home while we there. Materials include horn and hoof, native beads,
bone and fossilized teeth. All natural. All organic.
We were very fortunate to meet a lot of people. Some now live in
Trancoso year round, others come and go. To our delight, we attended
a birthday party where the "Happy Birthday" song was sung in 9
different languages - Portuguese, French, Swedish, Italian, British,
English, Spanish, Japanese, and Ethiopian!
The beaches were so clean and pure. It was not unusual to see sea
turtles popping their heads up in the surf. We walked different
beaches nearly every day. And took refuge deep into the jungle where
we took a natural mud bath. Then rinsed in the nearby surf.
We enjoyed fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Papaya. Mango,
Bananas. Melon. Pineapple. One of our favorite treats was
Açaí sorbet drizzled with honey, granola and sliced bananas.
Nothing quenches your body better. Unless it was the incredibly
refreshing Caipirinha -a sweet Brazilian rum called
cachaça mixed with muddled limes and sugar.
Our accommodations were beyond
beautiful Just thinking of
Lola makes me relax. And the photos just don't do justice as to
just how magnificently beautiful it is. Let's just say it's "So
Special". A very, very special "obrigado" goes out to Jan and
I hope you love the photos... Keep
an eye out for my new designs that feature the materials that I returned
with. You're going to love them!
Tchau Tchau! !