It's referred as a Dutch fort. Wrong. As you may notice by the coat of arms over the entrance, it is a Portuguese fort. Its real name is well Portuguese: Forte de Santa Cruz de Itamaracá.
The confusion is due to the circumstance that the fort was built over the ruins of a prior fort, that one really built by the dutch. Portuguese reconstruction comes from the 17th century, and follows typical Portuguese architecture.
- Historical Travel
We took a boat trip across the bay, along the mangles, to Coroa do Avião islet. Without notice nor request, we were stopped inland, to visit a craft shop.
No problem, we are used to it, but didn't expect it in such a "private" transportation. Tourism traps are spreading also in Itamaracá.
It's the only commercial group that may become annoying in the beaches, with their insistence to offer a not requested service. They stand beside you, sing some humorist and sympathetic words, and if you say something or only smile, be prepared to pay.
The first couple, in Olinda, amused me (payed R10) the second (I don't remember where) was dispatched with R2 just before starting, and for the other I found an effective trick: when they were approaching I moved a little away from Fernanda. They know that a separated couple is not a good costumer and try elsewhere...
- Arts and Culture