A blog with pictures and memories from life in Lisbon. Um blogue de recordações de Milan Perveze...
Friday, November 26, 2004
Back to Sao Paulo... In life, we fall in love with people, with places... With all its contradictions, such a beautiful country, and with such warm and welcoming people, will not disappoint anyone. I wish I could only leave Europe behind for a while and be a Brazilian for some time. Well, as a popular saying here states, we live in hope...
Now that's me taking pictures with the Casio camera. J. took this one using the low resolution Aiptek. I can swear this picture was not edited in any way! This is exactly how the camera took it, and I'm still trying to find out how the clowds can look like that with no image editing. Lovely chinese Aiptek indeed.
The city of Florianopolis, with its beautiful - and expensive - apartment blocks. The standard of living there and the quality of life is better than anything I've seen in the Spanish mediterranean coast, which has the most visited beaches in the world. I hope it remains that way and that massive tourism will not reach Floripa that soon.
The weather was rainy most of the time during our stay. Don't believe anyone that tells you that this is a tropical country. It was a fresh as Portugal (around 17, 18 º C), and we were lucky to get one or two sunny days and go to the beach. It's early spring in the southern hemisphere.
This is a map of the island of Santa Catarina, where Florianopolis is located. You can see the lakes where I took some of the pictures. The mountains that you can see in the beach photos are located in the mainland, which is clearly visible from the other side. The beaches can look completely different from each other in the island (everything changes, the sand, the waves).
Here's a map of Brazil (in Portuguese, we write it with an "s", Brasil) A small dot shows Sao Paulo, and a bit further to the south (another 12 hours journey by bus), is Florianopolis. Blumenau is not visible, but its only a bit to the west fo Floripa, as it is known locally. It's amazing, but the borders of modern Brazil were already established in the 16th century or so. I still can't figure it out how this was done that long ago, as it is a huge country.
In case any of you, my blogger friends, needs a better idea of the geography of my trip to Brazil, I'm posting two maps here - as suggested by Mr. "Bingo" :) I have never travelled so far, and it was a 12 hours journey, in an Iberia jet. I have finally discovered what a jetlag is! (Well, Brazil is only two hours behind Lisbon). Gee, even New York and Toronto are not so far away as Sao Paulo.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Two days later we were in the city of Blumenau, after a 12 hours journey by bus. This is a city created by German immigrants to Brazil in the 19th century, and where half of the population is blond with blue eyes. They have a famous Oktoberfest and great food. It's a small city in the state of Santa Catarina, surrounded by beautiful forests, very clean and organised. It's also the place to which part of J.'s family emmigrated decades ago, when the Empire collapsed in 1974.
Monday, November 22, 2004
That afternoon, the rain came back again, and we had to get a taxi, where J. took this picture. The day after, after the urban jungle of Sao Paulo, we would head to the state of Santa Catarina, to Blumenau, a city colonized by Germans, and the magnificent Florianopolis, which is the closest thing to Paradise I have seen yet. More pictures tomorrow!
Now thats a picture for K., who seemed to like our traditional Portuguese pavement (the "Calçada Portuguesa"). Here it is, in Sao Paulo, in the South of the world, thousands of miles away from Lisbon. It is the same thing, and for generations, Brazilians relied on Portuguese immigrants to make their streets beautiful.
Inside the train station. Brazilians seem to prefer a very well organised network of comfortable buses to travel the huge distances between the states and the big cities. In a country with the size of Europe, the railways does not go everywhere, although the trains seemed perfectly acceptable to me.
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11/21 - 11/28
- Back to Sao Paulo... In life, we fall in love with...
- Final pictures before we left. The clowds came bac...
- Security is such a problem in Brazil, even here. A...
- Pavement in Florianópolis.
- More pavement pictures with the "Calçada Portugues...
- Old part of town once again. Portuguese colonial s...
- A street in the old part of town, with the old col...
- This is the view from our room, in a three stars h...
- Now that's me taking pictures with the Casio camer...
- View from the boat. These two bridges connect the ...
- It was a clowdy day once again. I wonder how the w...
- View to the docking area, Floripa.
- Docking area in Floripa. We took a tour by boat fr...
- Docking area in Floripa.
- Another picture for K. This is the pavement in fro...
- The city of Florianopolis, with its beautiful - ...
- Another beach, near Canasvieiras.
- This was one of the "wild" beaches in the island, ...
- That small car in the center is a Fiat Palio we we...
- A small village in the island, which was colonised...
- The weather was rainy most of the time during our ...
- A beach in Canasvieiras, Florianópolis.
- This is a map of the island of Santa Catarina, whe...
- Here's a map of Brazil (in Portuguese, we write it...
- In case any of you, my blogger friends, needs a ...
- Lagoa da Conceição, Santa Catarina island.
- Tree near the lake, island of Santa Catarina, Bras...
- But nothing had prepared us for what we saw a few ...
- A view to the river, in Blumenau. Hidden among the...
- The city of Blumenau is surrounded by small hills ...
- The view from our room at the Ibis Hotel in Blumen...
- One of the main streets in Blumenau.
- No, really, this is Brazil, not Germany or Austria...
- We were staying in the Rex Hotel, which is close t...
- The townhall building in Blumenau, with a Brazilia...
- Two days later we were in the city of Blumenau, af...
- That afternoon, the rain came back again, and we...
- Now thats a picture for K., who seemed to like our...
- This is probably the building with the weirdest sh...
- In the downtown, some places look like Arab "bazaa...
- Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo's main avenue, where m...
- Sao Paulo is full of nice hotels, like this one. T...
- I liked this building in the downtown area. It cou...
- Among so much beauty and sophistication, we can al...
- A view from one of the galleries at the Pinacoteca...
- Windows at the Pinacoteca museum.
- Opposite the train station is the Pinacoteca, this...
- Inside the train station. Brazilians seem to prefe...
- The main train station at Sao Paulo.
- Post office building façade, Sao Paulo downtown.
- A hotel in the downtown, with the name of a very P...
- Beautiful architecture from the previous century c...
- Violence is a problem in the big urban areas in Br...
- This is Sao Paulo's main theater, a building from ...
- Later in that day, which began cloudy and with rai...
- We had arrived in Sao Paulo after a 12 hours fligh...
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- In Brazil
- Bingo and Betty
- Spill Forth Chameleon
- Say What?
- Celi's Photoblog
- The Eye of The Beholder
- Cinderella Mom
- Into The Sun
- The Locomotives
- Lua Extravagante
- Blanco Roto
- A Bomba
- Life as Mark Sees It
- Blogue do Nuno e Chiara
- Fragmentando Porciones
- My Big Book of Piccys
- Photo Sushi
- Rua Da Judiaria
- 1000 Imagens
- Mrs Fish
- Mrs.Fish Images
- Realidade em Devir
- Always Curious
- Kate's Photoblog
- Fotos Perdidas
- The Wonderful World
- Around Town
- Photoblogs Magazine
- Dias com Árvores
- Your Pink Star
- Random Snapshots
- Only When I Lose Myself
- My Fotothing
- Out of Focus
- Expats in Portugal
- Lisbon Guide
- La Carota
- Lynn in Tokyo
- Harm Van Der Geest
- Robert Phan
- Ne Varietur
- Photo Points Community
- Kukame McKenzie
- In Between My Gaze
- Ground Glass
- Palavras de Ursa
- Photo Junkie
- Angela Ferreira
- Morven Photo
- Crónicas de "Um" Vagamundo
- La Mala Reputacion
- Sakana Blog
- Sam Javanrouh
- Travel Memories
- Querido Leitor (BR)
- Born Perspective
- A Vida em Deli
- Super Goa
- Tudo sobre Eva
- City Eyes
- Dee Área
- Black and White Freaks Out
- My Love Life
- Sabri Hakim
- Travel Memories
- God Protect your Soul