They are not Brazilians as much as Cearensians
In the Northeast especially in Fortaleza it is strange but they never refer to themselves as Brazilian they are Cearensians. The know you are a forener right away and they know who the people from Sao Paulo and the people from Rio or the south of Brazil are. I have gotten to the point where my Portugese is pretty good, but in reality I do not speak Portugese, nor Brazilian Portugese, I speak Cearensians Portugese.
Visit the Brazilian Army Cammand
If you enjoy historical trips and military stuff be sure to check out the 10th Brazilian Army Regiment Command Post. It is located in the downtown area across form the Merchants market and the Cathedral. You will have to ask them permission to be escorted on a tour. Even if your Portugese is bad they will understand. The view is great once you are inside and the Fort is kept immaculately clean and freshly painted at all times. They have a newly opened Museum there that you can visit and of course the Fort itself.
This is the reason that Fortaleza is names Fortaleza (meaning Fort in English) this fort was constructed to overlook the bay and protect the city from invasion. The huge cannons are still in place and guard over the city to this day.
The first time I went to the fort to visit when they asked to see i.d. I showed them my U.S. Army I.D. and they snapped to attention rendering a salute. Then instead of the normal private that they assign to show people around out came a Captain and he introduced me to the Post Commander. They spent a great deal of time talking to me about how their troops stacked up and how the place looked. It was a very nice time, they even invited me to attend a training exercise the following day at one of the posts outside the city where I think they have tanks or artillery but I thanked them for the gracious offer and went back to meet my wife who by know was franticly looking for me at the Merchants Market and thought that I had been kid-napped or something, this last visit we were just tourists and the tour went a lot quicker.
The fort is very beautiful and very well maintained, definitely worth a look.
This is a nice environment, where you can go with your friends. Usually there are live bands playing there.. The style of music is usually cover bands of certain artists, pop rock, reggae. It is usually R$5,00 to get in and sometimes, if you get there before 10pm you get in for free (depending on how many people are in there already). You can play pool, kick it by the bar, or enjoy the music. Whatever you please!!
Situated at a 40-50 kms range from Fortaleza, a nice beach where there is nothing special to see (not like Morro Branco) though full of people...
Situee a 40-50 bornes de Fortaleza, une jolie plage ou il n'y a rien de special a voir (pas comme a Morro Branco), mais y a plein de gens...
"E porque é assim?"
Fortaleza não é uma cidade particularmente bela. No entanto, em qualquer lugar existe uma história que vale a pena procurar, à parte do que é feito 'para turista ver'. Esqueçam o 'Pirata', o 'Arre Égua' e os locais onde os taxistas levam. Visitem o museus do Vaqueiro e do Ceará, muito interessantes se quiserem conhecer o porquê de ser 'Cearense Cabra da Peste'. Misturem-se com o povo na baixa, vejam o Teatro José de Alencar, os animadores de rua, os 'carros de som', os 'sacoleiros' que chegam cedo do interior e, por favor, experimentem o moto táxi...
O Bode Iôiô tornou-se uma figura pública respeitada e admirada na Fortaleza do início do séc. XX. Talvez achem estranho o nome, mas não é... a personagem é MESMO um bode! Só o Ceará para uma história destas, muitos pensarão. No entanto, é preciso 'sentir' a cidade e o povo e de repente... até o Bode Iôiô faz todo o sentido num enquadramento psicossocial único.
"Teatro José de Alencar"
O Teatro José de Alencar é uma referência cultural de Fortaleza. A sua arquitectura é simples e bela, leve e arejada, perfeitamente adaptado ao clima tropical. Está integrado na zona baixa da cidade, ricamente dinamizada pelos sacoleiros e animadores de rua mais populares..