One of the benefits of work travel is to be able to go back to places you have been and like. This is the case of Brazil. A wonderful country full of ups and downs, intrigue, beautiful ,and sometimes not understood. My trips lately have been to inland State of Sao Paulo, where the most famous city is Sao Paulo. However ,I go inland to the country towns of Paulinia and Descalvado.
More on Paulinia here, http://campinas-regiao.com.br/index.php/en/cidades-en/139-paulinia-2 ; and more on Descalvado,http://www.descalvado.sp.gov.br/historia.htm
And the tourist site for the State of Sao Paulo, http://www.tourisminsaopaulo.com/ where the two cities are base.
I come into Guarulhos airport and have driver to take me to hotel in Paulinia the Ibis. The airport official site is here http://www.gru.com.br/pt-br very modern and has all facilities. My hotel was Under renovation but the chain French is very good. http://ibishotel.ibis.com/gb/hotel-3054-ibis-paulinia/index.shtml
Here reunited with friends one of them not seen in 20 years!!!! It was indeed a memorable event, we ate at the Estancia Grill in Campinas near on the side of Paulinia, it was the usual churrasqueria with meat cuts , salads, and drinks, nice family ambiance, and decoration country style. http://www.estanciacampinas.com.br/
We drove the wonderful rodovias of the State of Sao Paulo such as the Banderaintes to the town of Itapui, nice ride and great driving in the country. We took advantage of the rest stops or posto de serviço of the Graal chain, with all the trimming.
I then move on to Descalvado, this is really deep country with so far the only hotel in the area Hotel Descalvado, A historical building dating from 1888, see site, http://www.descalvadoonline.com.br/hoteldescalvado/ , it has AC , breakfast and a nice park across the street, as well as the main Church Our Lady of Bélem. You can read about the Church here, in Portuguese, http://diocesedelimeira.org.br/paroquias-e-padres/
We had our dinner with friends at choperia Caneçao in Descalvado, cuts thin slices of beef and breaded seafood with nice chopes or beers in the terrace right next to the road, nice ambiance, relax, and friendly service . The best site could find them is here, goes to show you the locals knows best. https://pt.foursquare.com/v/choperia-canec%C3%A3o/50de53f6e4b0c48b5320a143
On this trip had to transfer in Madrid, so again try the T4 to T4S terminal train on Iberia, that was very nice trip, got my seats, and ahead of Schedule both ways !!! here had my usual airport lunch at Mas O Menos on the way to Brazil in T4 ;http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Madrid-Barajas/en/LTDA_FA/1237564203089/1237552881450/ and on the way back try the Eating Point at T4 too, here http://www.areas.es/es/marcas/eating-point
Who is to say to really enjoy the city you need to have plenty of time, for me coming into Madrid even the airport is already nice to be back to the city I love and once lived for four years of my younger life ::) Brazil as well been there so many times and including periods of 3 months at a time so always enjoyable to be back and this time meeting again a friend that ocean and distance has kept us with little communication. However, what are friends for, it proves the real one, stays with you forever no matter where you are.
Enjoy the photos and until we go out again, next month. Have a great weekend everyone. Cheers.