Day 108, Tues., April 23, 2013 — Belem, Brazil

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     At 8 am it was 79° F, the humidity was 92% with sunny skies and our global position was 1°17.43’ South of the equator.  As I have said, I am not fond of places at the equator and this was no exception.  We decided to take the “tender” ashore to the Icoaracy Village and just check out that area.  Local tenders were used.  When we got ashore, this is what we saw:

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The area was not appealing but the shuttle busses were.  Some were double decker and they were air conditioned with lots of leg room.  We decided to take the 50 minute ride to Belem and just come back.  By the time we got there, we decided to walk down to the Ver-o-Peso market which was about 500 yards away and then sprawled across several city blocks.  I wore my “safari” hat and was glad I did.  The beginning of the market had mostly clothing, then there was a food market and then crafts.  We even saw caged chickens and geese.  We bought a hand painted tile from the guys on the street for $3 and 1 Real or $3.50.

     We had good views from the bus and almost every building had mold and mildew on it.  We did see road crews cleaning the brush from side walks along the road.  We did not see many large homes.  I don’t think I would want to go to the hairdresser or manicure shops we saw.

     The tender ride was not as long as they said it would be, but did tend to take longer to load and unload.  On the way back I saw the platform just at the aft of the ship and thought we were headed there.  No, we were headed for the bow where there was an opening.  We climbed the stairs to the second floor of the ferry and “walked the plank” into the ship.  Interesting!

     It was an interesting day in Belem.  We do not think we will take a cruise on the Amazon.  It is too hot and the water is such an ugly brown.  The show tonight was another performance by Phillip Huber and his marionettes.  He is absolutely amazing.  When we got back to our cabin we had 2 cute Steiff bears in suitcases waiting for us!

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2 Responses to “Day 108, Tues., April 23, 2013 — Belem, Brazil”

  1. Charlotte Galbraith Says:

    I have enjoyed your posts. Both of you looking fantastic! Interesting places to say the least! Enjoy remaining voyage home, safe journey. Looking forward to hearing from you when adjusted to home. Charlotte

  2. Mary Clem Says:

    some of the areas look tough…don’t think I want to live there…you and Ray look great….have enjoyed your posts and photos.

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