Napoleon Potyguara Lazzarotto (1924-1998), or simply Poty Lazzarotto, was an important curitibano painter and ilustrator. He graduated at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio and receiving the French government scholarship, studied litography at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In the 50's he gave classes in schools of arts in Sao Paulo, Bahia, Recife and Curitiba. He participated in individual and collective exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.
Poty Lazzarotto illustrated important literary works of Jorge Amado, Graciliano Ramos, Machado de Assis, Guimaraes Rosa, Rachel de Queiroz and other Brazilian writers. He is the author of numerous public exhibitions in Curitiba, mainly panels of tiles and murals. The highlights are International Airport Afonso Pena, Praca 19 de Dezembro, Museu na Rua (Largo da Ordem), Teatro Guaira, Monumento ao Tropeiro, Biblioteca da PUC and Torre da Telepar. He also did murals of the House of Brazil in Paris and the panel for the Memorial da America Latina in Sao Paulo.
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The City of Curitiba is well-known by its transportation system, quality of life, urban structure and cleanless streets. In fact, it seems to be on a higher level of development if compared to other brazilian and latin american cities. The locals are very proud of this fame, ans since most of them have some european ancestries, they do believe in the propaganda they're in a piece of Europe.
But what it seems is not the way it really is. If you are interested to know how most people lives there, take the bus and go to a ride 4 or 5 miles way from downtown, in any direction. You'll see lots of poor districts, hundreds of shantytowns, unpaved streets and hungry people. In the inner city lives 1,8 million people but only 300,000 lives in the fancy neighborhoods around downtown. A good tip is to take a bus trip in the interbairros, a green-colored bus which takes circular tracks without going thru downtown. They are numbered from 1 to 6 (the 1 goes thru the wealthier areas, the 2 and up fits best for the purpose.
Good places to go are "Alto Boqueirão", "Fazendinha" and "Sítio Cercado" districts. Stay in the main street of these places and keep away from a obvious dangerous place. Use a common sense.
Don't trust entirely in the propaganda, behind the beautiful malls, avenues, theatres and gardens, there are at least half of the population living in poverty and without expects of a better life.
To find out what festivals, art exhibits, movies, music concerts, etc. are happening during your planned visit to Curitiba, check out the Discover Curitiba website. It has a good listing for restaurants, etc.
Very helpful in my last two trips to Curitiba. I learned about a local music festival, art exhibit, dance shows, etc.
Check it out: www.descubracuritiba.com.br
I absolutely loved my trip to Curitiba, and made a few lifetime friends while there. It seems like a nice place to live, and there are many interesting places to see if you're visiting.
I definitely would recommend taking the Linha Turismo bus, and get off and see some of the parks that pay tribute to the various immigrant populations (Ukranian, German, Italian, Polish, Arab, Japanese, etc.) Also, you'll notice that metal tube and glass structures are very characteristic of modern-day Curitiba landmarks, from the lovely Opera house to the bus stop tube stations.
If you have time, you will find your own special places in Curitiba, like I did.
Fondest memory: I will always remember the nice friends I made. Also, how nice and helpful people were, even though I spoke no Portugese when I first arrived.
My fondest memories are actually those moments when, at the time they were happening, were incredibly frustrating, which were instances where I was challenged by learning to communicate with my Lonely Planet phrasebook and Curitibanos who were trying their best to help me, but did not speak English. going to the corner lavanderia, ordering food, trying to buy bus tickets, trying to purchase a book at the bookstore--every daily act was a true mental and linguistic challenge for monolingual me--most Curitibanos do not speak English (nor should they be expected to)--so it was truly up to me to learn the language in order to get along. The ultimate frustration-turned-into-fond-memory was one evening when I decided to see a modern interpretation of Mozart-Salieri opera music at the Teatro Guaira. Besides being a beautiful venue (and the walk down Rua das Flores in early evening to get there was equally beautiful), the show was terrific. However, it seemed quite comical that I was sitting in this theatre, listening to songs in Italian/German, with words being projected on a screen in Portugese...I was truly "Lost in Translation!"
I ended up learning a few phrases; I hope during my next visit, I will have mastered at least enough to get around without looking so lost all the time!
Curitiba is a city of parks. Barreirinha, Sao Lourenço, Parque polones, Barigui, Passeio publico are very important green areas which allows public rest and open air activities for lots of people. Due to its unfair climate, 'curitibanos' love to run quickly outdoor, as soon as the Sun appears.
Fondest memory: The araucaria tree (Araucaria angustifolia) is one of the two most important and peculiar trees in this region of the world. The unique 'super-humid sub-temperate' climate featuring in Curitiba makes it possible for Araucaria and mate (Ilex paraguariensis) to grow in dense forests, which are exploited for logging (Araucaria) and for leaf brewing (mate). The picture shows an araucaria tree in the Barreirinha park, in the Northern side of Curitiba.
Favorite thing: The modern area of Batel is astonishingly crowded with skyscrapers. It is the fashionable district in the city, but public parks are available for walking and relaxing. Parque Barigui, with its small lake, is the most important in this area.
Favorite thing: The Palace of Parana state government, at the end of Avenida Candido de Abreu. Parana's and Curitiba's local government are usually considered among the most efficient in Brazil, but they use to be highly technocrat in the implementation of their decisions, giving little importance to people's opinions.
Downtown Curitiba is built around praça Garibaldi and praça Tiradentes. The historical centre, though reduced, has been taken care of in a nice way. Curitiba is a place where you can still find a sort of colonial atmosphere, when ancient pioneers came to settle from the Sao Paulo plateau.
Fondest memory: In the Passeio Publico (the central park) you can find a weekly street market where biological agricultural products are sold by the local producers' association.
The parks and the city organization are the best things about Curitiba. And there is "Teatro Ópera de Arame", an amazing architectural idea!
Fondest memory: The slight cold and the way the city resembles São Paulo (my hometown), just without so many people and the dirt.
The reason many tourists come to Curitiba is to take the train from Curitiba down through the mountain and jungle all the way to the coast.
You may return on the train or by bus, we came back by bus just for the experience. It is a long ride, but through beautiful forests with the scent of ginger flowers which grow alongside the tracks. There are small stops along the way, unbelievable that people actually live so far away from the city in these very small villages.
The trains are old but run nicely. As far as the eye can see, forest, trees, and flowers. Very cool and as you start downhill toward the ocean, to a smaller city which is actually a major seaport, Paranagua, it gets warmer and then hot. The city of Paranagua is very old, not nearly as spic and span as Curitiba.
Within Curitiba proper, one must visit the Hansel & Gretel Park, the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. The city is full of parks and memorials.
Fondest memory: The tour guide and his daughter, who spoke very good English were delightful. She was in the third year of University at what appears to be an excellent school.
Cities are cities, but people make them memorable.
Fondest memory: Curitiba is proud to be the city in Brazil, where the good ideas are born. Ecological ideas, city planning ideas, and so on.
Favorite thing: This is a listing of all the intermediate stops which the train makes, not long enough to disembark.