Melissa's Birthday in Pirenopolis

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The main tourist strip of Pirenopolis.
Melissa's birthday today, and a lovely place to spend it!  We drove to Pirenopolis from Goias Velho in the morning, stopping at a fantastic pottery store along the way.  Tim has very kindly offered to bring back some souvenirs for us when he returns to Australia next year, so we were able to buy a couple of nicer pieces that we otherwise couldn't have got for being too fragile or big.  The stall also had a big farrioca, so the boys got their photo next to a red clansman!  The cafe here sold delicious empadas (a local pastry specialty) and Melissa indulged in a cold coconut - the water fresh from the shell is soooo delicious and you can buy them everywhere over here.
The main Pirenopolis church, destroyed by fire in 2001 and since restored.
 
When we arrived at Pirenopolis, we dropped the car at the hotel and walked back into the historic centre for the afternoon.  Once again, Pirenopolis is a colonial mining town, and still produces a huge amount of stone.  The streets here are all cobbled, and the houses now contain restaurants and tourist shops, but the quality is very high.  Prices are higher than in Goias Velho, but there is a much bigger range and there are shops for some quite well-known local artists.  This town also hosts a special festival each year - Festa do Divino Espirito - but this one features bulls.  Fifty days after Easter, the town has medieval tournaments where the participants where bull-head masks and re-enact Charlemagne's victory over the Moors, who then convert to Christianity.  The bull-heads are a feature of the town, and you can buy little ones, big ones and every size in between as a souvenir.  Melissa had a birthday lunch of a fruit smoothie and an ice-cream sundae (very healthy, we know!), then back to the hotel for a couple of hours.  Walked back into the centre this evening for dinner at a little jazz restaurant with a live band.  Had a buffet of interesting food and spent the evening listening to the music - great way to end the day.  (PS: Not sure if Brazil ever got "The Flintstones", but the band played the theme song as part of its repertoire!)
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The main tourist strip of Pirenopo…
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