Wonderful big country with great ambiance and friends; always a pleasure to visit and Lucky to do it every year. This time went a bit to old grounds and had the opportunity to visit new ones. First I got there from Nantes, Paris CDG and Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport, then on to Paulinia and Descalvados in the State of Sao Paulo to repeat. I then went on to Très Coracoes and Varghina in the State of Minas Gerais.
From Sao Paulo GRU took shuttle private taxi to Paulinia; there friends took me to Descalvados and from there shuttle taxi to Varghina; friends took me to Tres Coracoes and again shuttle taxi back from Varghina to GRU Sao Paulo airport.
I had dinner the first day in Paulinia at the Churrascaria Estancia Grill, a big place with friendly service and the typical Brazilian grill house with all kinds of cuts of meats, salads buffets,and desserts with beers was a great place and good company. http://www.estanciacampinas.com.br/
We went by car to Descalvados in the country of the State of Sao Paulo, the main sight in city center is the Church of St Theresa is imposing in the town. The hotel Descalvado was just across the street , the only one, more like a truck stop hotel but decent, clean ,and friendly service. http://www.descalvadoonline.com.br/hoteldescalvado/
We had breakfast all you can eat and room for about 27€! per night. I stayed two nights here enjoying the country life. For dinner I try the new Japanese restaurant here Nintai, newly open and friendly welcome with buffet all you can eat and beers. For dinner I try Cabana Churrasqueria, a big place lively with local people and local food steakhouse all you can eat with great desserts! and course beers Original Antarctica! the address with link to site is here , http://www.apontador.com.br/local/sp/descalvado/buffets_e_recepcoes/BE7H7774/buffet_espaco_cabana.html
Next ,I was on my way to Varghina where our next hotel was to visit Tres Coracoes. The latter is best known as the birthplace of the great football/soccer player Péle! It has a statue in the entrance to the town. It even has a museum (no time to visit it) on the street house he was born here, http://museupele.org.br/en/about
The roads were ok all over except of course coming into Sao Paulo, but even then traffic move fairly quickly; it only gets bad if there is an accident or in rush hours to/from work. You can check on the traffic on the main highways or rodovias here, http://maplink.com.br/SP/sao_paulo/Rodovias/transito-todos
Upon arriving at Varghina I went straight to the hotel,Grand Enio very modern, nice but had no gel/shampoo in bath! The resto for breakfast was very good indeed. The hotel was in front of the Universidty UNIFAS Santa Luiza. http://www.grandenio.com.br/ Here I stayed for two nights as well. The best was the breakfast and dinner time here. good dish of picanha beefs with onions in a mayo base sauce with good beers Itaipava premium.
I was able to go out for lunch to the Recanto Flora, and forgot my camera !!! lol! oh well the place is a typical Minas Gerais cuisine with shop and restaurant overlooking the greens of the fields behind it. Very friendly service was promise if call ahead will cook something typical just for me! They have other businesses like a cheese making company in the farm or fazenda casa flora more closer to Très Coraçoes. The views on this resto search site is just like it for reference and to be back with photos ! https://pt.foursquare.com/v/recanto-flora/4ca4bdf2554b236a28c33148
Varghina has a good bus terminal with connection to all the big cities like Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro etc. https://www.guichevirtual.com.br/rodoviaria-varginha-mg
There is a big project to open a mall or shopping center just outiside Varghina call Via Café; this is huge and awaiting stores and completion, stay tune for it, Worth it, nice town. http://www.grupotenco.com.br/shoppings/via-cafe-garden-shopping/
Last full day in Varghina was nice, i was taken to eat at Venda do Chico, more on the side of Très Coraçoes ; a marvelous place in a farm with cafeteria, resto and grocery store where the coffee is done on an oven the old fashion way. The company was nice, the service great, and the food sublime with minas gerais original food in pork,beef, rice and beans, salads all in different dishes to serve oneself,and original antarctica beers! wonderful;need to repeat here. see the main picture on the site and you will know what I mean !! http://www.vendadochico.com.br/
At night to top it all off I was taken to Café Com Pinga;( an intriguing word for some Spanish speaking people ::)) but here is an rum alcohol base drink similar to Cachaça. It is another term for it a bit cheaper. And the place was great with pork ribs, fry fish, and great itaipava premium beers. The views over the city as the night fell was fantastic and live music playing oldies but goodies was a king size top off to a wonderful night send off from Brazil; I should be back here::) Same site here to show what it is as there is no webpage for it, https://pt.foursquare.com/v/pinga-com-torresmo/4d572a20cff7721edf40bff5
And I came back by car from the hotel in Varghina to Sao Paulo Guarulhos about 4 hrs drive on highway very nice ride, and took my flight back on TAM Brazilian Airlines, very slim service not much to eat or drink but can’t ask for more on economy ::) the connection with Air France was a bit tense for the events in Paris security is tight. Landing on CDG terminal 1 could not take the CDGVAL train to T2F so need to walk around it to T2E and then cross the parking underground to connect with T2F;if you are coming in next few days give yourselfs ample time. Otherwise, another wonderful trip to wonderful Brazil. Muito Obrigado!