Visiting fascinating Grâmado & Canela in the Serra Gaúcha

Today Rafa was taking me to the Serra of Gaucho. The gauchos are very proud of it and of being Gauchos too (argentina, uruguay and rio grande do sul are Gauchos) In my head, I was imaging me going to the mountains with horses and ranches, so it was a bit of a surprise to get to Gramado!

We started out by going to a place that has been serving ”continental breakfast” for over 100 years and is famous there. I went to the bathroom, and when I got back, the table was literally filled with breakfast stuff! I WAS LIKE: W000000T? I knew we were going to try local dishes, but I thought you ordered them apart, not that it was a whole package.

Having contintental breakfast!! 100% Luxury!

Having continental breakfast!! 100% Luxury!

Hahaha. I was so damn surprised. I’ve never ever seen so much food!!! And it was not only the food on the table, but they also went around and served other sweets and meats, ice-cream, cakes, drinks and coffee…. Amazing. We ate all we could but still had so much left!

our leftovers :(

our leftovers after 2 hours :(

Where we had our Continental breakfast

Where we had our Continental breakfast

 

So after a couple of hours there we went downtown in Gramado… and wow there too. Gramado is an important tourist resort in the Serra and draw many visitors each years. Mostly Brazilians and mostly gauchos. The whole town was christmas decorated and the architecture of the whole town is inspired by the german enxaimel. When you build a house there, it’s obligatory to follow those mandatories to keep that style there. It was so weird, I felt I was like in the alps or something, just that the snow was missing! Haha.

The shopping street in Gramado

The shopping street in Gramado with the christmas decorations

An enxaiel-architecture and tim burton inspired building :)

An enxaiel-architecture and tim burton inspired building :)

 

Big Santa Claus!

Big Santa Claus!

Me and Rafa in front of the church built of stone in Gramado

Me and Rafa in front of the church built of stone in Gramado

They really care about the details here!!

They really care about the details here!!

 

Amazing mall...

A mall…

Also the streets were filled with christmas music, at first I thought I had passed it came from the store we passed by, but no, it came from speakers underneath hanging flowers along the street. Nice touch!

The speakers playing christmas music in the hanging flower pots along the shopping streets

The speakers playing christmas music in the hanging flower pots along the shopping streets

The level of life there is very high and generally the people who lives there are very rich too. You don’t see any poor people there at all.

One thing that I loved about here is that the pedestrians have the right to cross the street before the cars, yes! The car stops waiting for you to cross…. Lovely!! didn’t believe that would be something I would miss, but I really have!!

We also visited ”Vila Natal”, which is a small ”village” in full preparation for christmas haha. So weird to see!

Vila Natal. Fixing the christmas tree!

Vila Natal. Fixing the christmas tree!

Christmas village!

Christmas village!

Later we went to the famous ”Lago Negro”, which is the most visited green area of Gramado. We took a pedal swan boat ride around the lake and enjoyed the good weather.

In our swan :)

In our swan :)

In Lago Negro

In Lago Negro

Hello something similar to swans!

Walking around the lake we had visit from something similar to swans! :)

Me and Rafa in Lago Negro

Me and Rafa in Lago Negro

After that we went to the neighbourhood town Canela, where we visited the national parkParque do Caracol”. Beautiful landscape and waterfalls there!

Caracol Waterfalls in Parque do Caracol in Canela

Caracol Waterfalls in Parque do Caracol in Canela

Me in Parque do Caracol

Me in Parque do Caracol

 

In the small waterfalls :)

In the small waterfalls :)

Haha :)

Haha :)

When the park closed we went into town of Canela, which is very similar to Gremado. Both attracts many tourists every year, both in Christmas (they are known for making their own christmas decoration by recycled material by local residents) but mostly during winter (june,july) when its cold.

We visited the church in Canela and had a nice coffee in a coffee place nearby. Then we started our journey back.

Church in Canela, also made of stone.

Church in Canela, also made of stone.

Rafa showed me around the university-campus in Porto Alegre where he used to study and work, went home for a shower and then got into town to a pub called Pedrini in the Cidade Baixa neighborhood. We had good brazilian alcohol-free beers and ”pastels” (also typical here) filled with cheese and talked all night about everything.

With Rafa in Perini

With Rafa in Perini

Nice alkoholfree beer and nice cheese-pastels!

Nice alkohol free beer and nice cheese-pastels!

We also visited a supermarket on the way – and they have eeeeeverything here!!! Fruits, coffee, chocolate… mmmmm Rafa made me by the napolitan chocolate and the coconut drink, very typical here in RS, which I had on my bus trip next day.
Soooo sad to leave Porto Alegre and Rafael and his family. It has truly been a pleasure!

Advertisements

Kommentera

Fyll i dina uppgifter nedan eller klicka på en ikon för att logga in:

WordPress.com Logo

Du kommenterar med ditt WordPress.com-konto. Logga ut / Ändra )

Twitter-bild

Du kommenterar med ditt Twitter-konto. Logga ut / Ändra )

Facebook-foto

Du kommenterar med ditt Facebook-konto. Logga ut / Ändra )

Google+ photo

Du kommenterar med ditt Google+-konto. Logga ut / Ändra )

Ansluter till %s