Forte do Brum is an old Portuguese port. Shared between Portuguese and Dutch invaders in the 17th century. It is now a military museum showcasing the history of the city and many canons and old uniforms.
Also called Palacio do Campo das Princesas, this palace is, as expected, one of the most imposing buildings in Recife.
Created in 1841 to replace a Dutch palace, it faces a beautiful garden with a famous African tree that is a rarity in Brazil - a Baobab.
The real town pulses around this market, more than one century old, in old Recife.
All the nearby streets are filled with popular shops, and this is the area to meet the real Brazilian life.
No need to alert that this is one of the areas where the usual precautions make more sense...
Great salsa club where gorgeous, svelt bodies sway and twist the night away. Even if you do not have the hottest body in town, as long as you enjoy a good dance, come down here. The party-goers would go up to strangers, regardless of age and width of girth, and invite them for dances. Wonderful Saturday night out!!
"Don't break this silence,
don't stop my dream"
Francisco Brennand's atelier of ceramic art is a factory and a museum, at the same time. It has temples, galleries and a garden designed by Roberto Burle Marx. The artist creates symbols and allegories from mud, in panels on walls (with phrases of writers and artists) or images in niches.
The atelier is one of the most important tourist points from Recife. It has more than 2.000 Brennand’s creations, a shop store - Bibliopolion - where it could be find books about the artist, ceramic art, post cards and t-shirts, and a delicious café, Cantina dos Deuses.
Brennand´s Sculptures Park was inaugurated in 2000 as part of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil. The main sculpture is the Crystal Column, made of bronze and clay, with 32 meters high.
Francisco Brennand is a talented local artist, born in 1927. He is famous mainly for his work with pottery.
I had no time to visit the park, but managed to take some pictures from my catamaran tour. It seems very interesting and worth a visit. Pernambucanos are very proud of this place.
I like to send many postcards. If you picked up the local paper in the last tip, use it to color your postcards by sending them in the language of the places you visit. I copy the headlines onto my postcards. Foreign newspapers are fairly easy to read, even if you do not speak the language. You may now get every word, but you can get the gist of the story so that you do not send anything disturbing "Three killed in motor accident". This is a fancy letterbox outside the Correios in Santo Antonio.
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.
Coming from a fishing village, the fishermen and their boats are of interest to me, and provide a nice photo op. Here are some of their skiffs at rest waiting to go out and fish. In the river the fishermen use casting nets to scoop up the fish.
I remember that next to this wide tree there was an inscription saying that it was planted by a portuguese navigator (probably Pedro Álvares Cabral), however I doubt it...
Anyway the tree is a baobab, sacred tree in Senegal and was mentioned by Antoine de Saint Exupery in his book The little Prince.
Visit Cape Sto Agostinho Resort.
Depending of tide level, water level became so shallow that you have to walk a lot to reach deeper water. In March, water is so warm that you can swim at night like taking bath in a Jacuzzi.
Francisco Brenand is a wonderful plastic artist, working mainly with ceramic.
You can go with a tour or by cab.
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