The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Paraty short drive to Rio.

Paraty is only 3 hours from Rio.

Paraty mud carnival

Paraty short drive to Rio, and is known for the cobblestone paved streets throughout the Historic Center District. No cars or trucks are allowed in this part of town. Without any doubt this wonderful village is one of my favorite locations in Brazil.

Once a year, when the great Rio De Janeiro carnival takes place, the coastal town Paraty which is located 250 km south west to Rio, holds a unique carnival called the Mud Carnival.

The carnival preserves the ancient local tradition when the Indians smeared their bodies with black mud for medical reasons, and held ritual ceremonies in order to bring cure to the ill. It differs to Rio carnival where the participants wear beautiful coloured costumes, in Paraty the carnival is based on the simplicity between men and nature.

Relax on the beach

Paraty short drive

Brazilians love the beach and in Paraty they relax by the sea.

Great view in Paraty

Paraty bikini

So many wonderful sights in Brazil.

Peaceful paradise Paraty short drive to Rio

Paraty short drive

A peaceful setting opposite our hotel.

Off to the beach we go.

Paraty beach

A happy family heads for the beach.

Paraty was founded in 1667

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Distinctive Portuguese architecture. 



  Paraty short drive  

Paraty is one of my favourite places in Brazil.

Earning a buck in Paraty

Paraty street musicians Paraty is located on the Costa Verde (Green Coast), a lush, green corridor that runs along the coastline of the state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, it has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, renowned for the historic town and the coast and mountains in the region.

Where are all the customers?

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It must be siesta time.

Lots of boat trips in Paraty

Paraty short drive

OK, let the party begin.

Beautiful sailing boat

Paraty short drive

What a classical shape this beautiful craft is.

Boats at the jetty

Paraty short drive

All the boats line up along the wharf waiting for customers.

Waiting for customers

paraty short drive

Pick me, pick me he cries.

How do you reach the top shelf?

Paraty short drive

There must be a ladder here somewhere.

Paraty restaurant

Paraty short drive

Red wine, graffiti and guitars.

Beautiful Brazilian girl.

Paraty short drive

Check out this wonderful Brazilian girl doing the Samba in Paraty.  

  You sexy thing.

  Paraty short driveHow sweet she is. 🙂 

My favourite photo

  Paraty paradiseIt’s Probably not hard to guess why this is my favourite photo, a rose between two thorns, I don’t think so. 🙂 Paraty grew in the 18th century as a strategically important port for exporting the gold mined in Minas Gerais. When shipments in nearby Rio began to attract the attention and ambition of pirates and privateers from rival European powers, the Portuguese began using Paraty as their safe port for getting their gold to Lisbon.

Beautiful old colonial buildings.

Paraty short drive

This church is on of the most photographed buildings in Pataty.

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Does anyone need a taxi?

Paraty short drive Every time there is a high tide the water flows in and all the cobblestone streets turn into rivers. 😀

 Dinner & vino in Paraty

Dinner ParatySudzi & I enjoying dinner in Paraty, I can’t wait to visit this wonderful Brazilian gem once again.

Let the games begin.

David Herd in Paraty

I decided to be colour coordinated with the wall.


The good ship Lolipop 🙂

Paraty short drive

Ok time to explore the surrounding islands.

Waiting for the bus to Rio

Paraty short driveAlthough Paraty is only a short drive to Rio there are so many people I know who have never made the trip, they have certainly missed out on a wonderful experience. As I said earlier Paraty is only 3 hours from Rio so do yourself a huge favour and put it on your itinerary.

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Beckington Trowbridge


Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets.

I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington.

Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships” so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand.

What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :)

I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit.

Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ????

Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia.

Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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