Be sure to drive over to...
Be sure to drive over to Olinda, a chaming old world community next door to Recife. The churches, narrow streets, old style architecture, and artist community encourage strolling around, and looking back on the bustling city of Recife along the coastline. Strolling in the park in nearby Olinda, eating from the booths set up on a weekend night, looking at the wares for sale, listing to the pick-up band play their hearts out.
Sidewalks of Brasil
The walkways in Brasil are made of colored stone in a pattern. They do this because it does not absorb as much heat, and it signifies the history of Brasil with the mixing of cultures. The indigenous peoples, the Potuguese settlers, and the slaves (red, white, and black). It is always pleasant to stroll around on these walkways and get lost.
Olinda is a small city very...
Olinda is a small city very close to Reife. In fact, people don´t know for sure where one city starts and when the other ends.The architecture of Olinda developed in the midst of a profuse tropical vegetation and a comfortable balance was maintained between the two main components of its landscape. The prominent public buildings include the Cathedral and about 20 Baroque churches, convents and colleges. The residential architecture, which brings together the Portuguese and Brazilian heritage of the city, includes 17th-century dwellings decorated with mashrabiyas, and 18th-century houses covered in tiles, as well as more recent homes. The brightly painted houses create colourful streetscapes.
Recife and Olinda
I have been to Recife on several short business trips, but with still enough time to go to the beach and check out Olinda, Recifes main attraction with beautiful colorful colonial buildings.
Recife, the capital of Pernambucano, is in the Northeast of Brazil and like other Brazilian cities, it is a mix of modern high-rise buildings with old baroque churches.
Olinda is probably the highlight of a visit to Recife. Both Recife and Olinda have some of the best carnaval in Brazil.
MY SECOND FAMILY
"The Carvalho in Boa Viagem"
Having hosted in Matane, Quebec, their daugher, Catharina for a couple of months, the Carvalho invited me to spend Xmas 2002 and January 2003 with their family.
I was received like a King and treated like a Prince. I could feel the great hospitality and generosity of the Brazilian people. So many times they went out of their way to please me and to make my stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
I have no word to thanks them. I Invited them to Canada and will be coming next year.
Marie Hélèna and Antonio have 5 grown up children.
Bruno, Catharina, Luciana, Christiana and Cynthia
Cynthia is in her last year of University in Archéology.
Bruno is working in realstate business. He is a great sportman and every saturday you can see him playing beach volley ball on Boa Viagem Beach.
Luciana has two lovely little kids, a boy and a girl.
Catharina was a teacher in Recife then a coordinator at Aba (an english school for children and adults)
She is now in New Jersey in USA and starting her second year of at Salem College. She is studying to become a psychologist.
Christiana is also a student in Architecture at the University of Recife.
Maria Betania Marinho (in blue) is a great friend of the family. I would like to thank her for having helped me at the travel agency to change the date of departure of my ticket. I could stay a month longer.
Catharina came from the US for Xmas. Luciana's kids were very happy to see her....
The gathering of the whole family at Xmas.
We had a great midnight meal, then eveyone exchange a gift and gave the reason of his gift. I got a lovely hamac for my Cabin in the forest. They were really nice.
And we celebrated till the wee wee hours of the night.
To celebrate the New Yearl, there was a 30 minutes firework on the beach. We could see the whole show from the Balcony.