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ParatyLooking to escape from city life this weekend and to nurture both body and mind? Look no further than the FLIP Festival starting 3rd July and running until the 7th in Paraty. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year the festival has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised as one of the most important literary festivals in Brazil and Latin America. The beautiful setting in the colonial town of Paraty only serves to enrich the experience and will have you returning year after year.

Here Dehouche details how to get the most out of this literary experience.

Gilberto-GilWhat not to miss
In order to commemorate the fact that the Festival is entering its second decade this year, Gilberto Gil, who was also present at the inaugural festival, is returning to Paraty where he will perform some of his greatest hits in an intimate show accompanied by guitar and percussion. The tropical setting is the perfect environment in which to lose yourself in the music and enjoy a one off performance from one of the pioneers of world music. Each day there are several lectures and workshops from experts in the field allowing you to hone your literary knowledge.

Be in the know
Each year the Festival pays homage to a different Brazilian writer and this year its the turn of Graciliano Ramos. Born in 1892, Ramos used his own life experiences as the basis for his writing and he spent much of his childhood travelling through the North-East of Brazil with his novels depicting the precarious situation of the population of Brazil’s arid sertão. His most famous novel, Vidas Secas, published in 1938, is a cyclical story in which it’s possible to read the first chapter as a continuation of the last chapter portraying the never-ending cycle of life in the Sertão.

Casa_Turquesa_210508_225Where to stay
Casa Turquesa is Dehouche’s favourite boutique pousada, located by the pier in the historic old town, this old colonial house has been lovingly restored to its current glory. With just 9 bedrooms, each of which are based on a different colour scheme, the pousada is intimate enough to allow you to escape from the rest of the world, leaving nothing to distract you from writing the next literary masterpiece! Spend your down time relaxing by the pool or retreat to the reading room, complete with cosy fireplace, to lose yourself in your latest book.

2101853-Schooners-at-Paraty-Islands-0What to do
After all the literary enrichment of the festival you’ll need some downtime and time to work not only on your mind but also body and soul. Paraty’s natural landscape lends itself perfectly to activities that will enrich your physical self; be it kayaking in the bay, paddle boarding, practicing yoga on the beach or venturing further back into the rainforest. A stroll around the old town with Dehouche’s expert guide will help uncover some of the history of this colonial jewel and there’s no better way to explore the area further than a day out on your own private schooner. Explore the Emerald Coast, stopping at secluded bays and beaches for a spot of snorkelling before casting up for lunch at Hiltinho’s which serves the freshest seafood with an unrivalled view.

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