November 2018 - March 2019
  • Day110

    São Paolo

    March 12 in Brazil ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    The largest city in Brazil and main business center. It is a very modern and cosmopolitan city with a large multiethnic population. The first two pics are from a tower along Avenida Paulista, the main street in the newer part of town. The third is of one of the few old mansions that is not torn down for redevelopment. This was the look of the old, upscale part of São Paolo. The last three pics are from the older part of the city: Republic Square, one of the historic buildings and another park scene.Read more

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  • Day108

    Itiquira Falls, Brazil

    March 10 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Brasilia sits on a high plain in inland Brazil. There are many rivers that flow in all directions. In fact, I'm told there are more than 1200 waterfalls of many sizes, from a few meters to about 150 meters. Itiquira is the largest. The first pic is taken from the base of the falls, while the second is from the ridge across the valley. A brutally difficult hike. The rest of the pics are views from the ridge or of the valley around the fallsRead more

  • Day107

    Brasilia

    March 9 in Brazil ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    National capital of Brazil, built as a new city begining in the 1950s. City is a UNESCO site. However, it is the city plan that has the designation, not any of the buildings. Many of the buildings and the concept for the city were designed by Oscar Niemeyer. First is a model of the city that tries to show the plan. Then 4 of Niemeyer's buildings: the national theater, the chapel of our Lady of Fatima (The first church in Brasilia), the presidential palace and a building designed per the original concept. The original concept for Brasilia was that all buildings would be on piers so that the ground level was open, public space. The last pic is a new bridge that has become famous due to its unique architecture.Read more

  • Day107

    Metropolitan Cathedral

    March 9 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The architecture really struck me. The first pic shows the main cathedral and baptistry from the outside. The cathedral itself looks like an invert chalice; while the baptistry roof looks like the bread to be broken. Pretty cool. The bell tower was built to accommodate 4 bells sent by Franco from Spain as a gift. Then two pics of the interior of the cathedral and another from outside. The baptistry was in use for a baptism when I was there; so I didn't get to see itRead more

  • Day106

    Olinda

    March 8 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Old city from the early 16th century near where Europeans first set foot in Brazil. The city's wealth was built on sugar cane. The pics start with an overview of Olinda. Next is the cathedral where Don Hélder Cámara was bishop. The altar was exhibited at the Guggenheim in NYC not too long ago. Then some street scenes. The houses are painted bright colors because in the days before house numbers, buildings were identified by color here.Read more

  • Day106

    Recife

    March 8 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Now that Carnaval is over and the clean up is far enough along, I was able to see the city. Recife was originally just the port for Olindo. Now it's the bigger city. The Dutch occupied the city for awhile in the 17th century, and they are the ones who started building the city. The second pic looks across the old harbor to the sandstone reef where a local sculptor has several large pieces. Then some buildings in the old city. Next is the first synagogue in the Americas, built while the Dutch were in charge, and their religious tolerance extended here. Next is the warehouse where giant puppets for Carnaval are stored. Last is Republic Square, where most of the local government facilities are located.Read more

  • Day105

    Porto Galinhas

    March 7 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Or chicken port. Formerly Porto Rico. I'm told that when the slave trade was made illegal here, plantation owners started importing chickens. Turns out the chickens were the top level and slaves were underneath. Unloading was at night. These are various pics along the shore and out on the sandstone reef with it's tidal pools. I was there just after low tide. If you look closely at the last pic, you will see a small land crab.Read more

  • Day103

    Carnaval, Recife

    March 5 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Come with me on a journey to visit one of Brazil's pre-Lenten Carnavals, this one is in Recife. Starting from one of the gates, there are pics of the groups/bands working their way through what seemed like a mosh put, rather than a more formal parade, a look at the main stage (there were 3 outdoor stages plus a number of indoor venues), and a couple of the characters floating around. The were tens and probably hundreds of thousands of people crowded into the old city. Amazing timeRead more

  • Day102

    Praia do Forte

    March 4 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Lovely tourist town built up at project Tamar (see another post). Pics are of the town and the beach. The last pic is a remnant of the Atlantic rainforest preserved in a reserve that surrounds the town. Only about 7% of the original forest remains