TeÃ³filo Otoni, MG, Brazil
August 26, 2009 08:30 p.m. ( local time )
(August 26“ Wednesday): Visit downtown centre square gemstone market and FIPP
Next day we were supposed to go to other mines in the area, and besides we had planned to perhaps travel until AraÃ§uai. None of these happened. We finally agree with the group to stay in TeÃ³filo to better enjoy the show and what TeÃ³filo Otoni has to offer, relaxing a bit for a long trip back to Rio de Janeiro.
And this is what we did. In the morning visit at the central square where there is a duty free open sky market, where hundreds of dealers display, show and sell their gemstones freely. Very enjoable. At the square we were luck to watch few sloths on the tall trees. They are traditional presence in the square that has been their natural habitat for a long time, or at least since I was born (I was born and raised in TeÃ³filo Otoni and know the sloths since then).
In the afternoon we went back to the FIPP where everybody could wander, admire and buy gems. Very nice fair. It is worth going, definetely. At night we had dinner accompained by Toni’s friends (Sao Paulo University geology professors).
Overnight at the Hotel Capital das Pedras.
The show at the square
Centre Square in TeÃ³filo Otoni
Negotiating at the parking lot
Typical gem dealer
A display of gems at the square
See the sloth?
Dinner with geologists
Bargaining at the centre square
Hotel Capital das Pedras
A nice terminated green tourmaline
A selection of tourmaline