Historical Ilha Grande

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The beachfront area from near Praia Preta.
Did some walking today.  Spent the morning looking at the shops in the town, then did the T1 circuit from the tourist map - a short, but picturesque walk around some of the old buildings of old Ilha Grande.  We sat on Praia Preta for an hour or so - this beach has a layer of black sand, and the water gets deeper much quicker than at Lopes Mendes.  It has no surf though, so very safe.  Then walked around to the ruins of the Aqueduct which used to take water to the original settlement.  Nearby are the Lazaret ruins, built as a quarantine station for the European settlers to ensure they did not bring plague with them, and later becoming a prison before being demolished in 1964.  Came back past the Big Pool, where the slaves were taken to bathe.  There is a big rock with a metal ring in it on a ledge, apparently the slaves were tied to this with a chain around their feet to ensure they did not run away.  Sat by the pool for a while this afternoon to read and snooze, then walked down to the town for the street party.  Lots of food and drink stalls (had a really yummy lime pie) and music provided by three guys of about 70 - one sang and played triangle, one the drums and one the accordian.  Music had a great beat and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
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The beachfront area from near Prai…
The beachfront area from near Pra…
Ruins of the Aqueduct.
Ruins of the Aqueduct.
Noel & Melissa at the big pond.
Noel & Melissa at the big pond.
Melissa at the yummy cake stall at…
Melissa at the yummy cake stall a…
Ilha Grande
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