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    Navy Museum;Ilha Fiscal,Rio

    by gwened Written Nov 22, 2014

    This is a seldom seen museum sitting in a beautiful island. I came here on official business but the old photos are still good.

    Ilha Fiscal is an island located within Guanabara Bay, bordering the historic city center of Rio de Janeiro. The name comes from the fact there have worked since the fiscal guards, serving the port of the then capital of the Empire in the 19C. The island became famous for having housed the famous Baile da Ilha Fiscal, the last big party of the Empire before the proclamation of the Republic in November 1889. It now houses a museum of cultural history that is maintained by the Navy of Brazil.

    And the museum traces the history of the Brazilian navy, local conflicts and support participation in WWI and WWII.

    A bit of history I like. The position of that island was quite comfortable for customs inspectors, due to the proximity of the anchor points, being that the transfer of goods could be executed in small boats, without great difficulty. The decision of the construction, as well as its architectural style, were of the Emperor D. Pedro II, taking into account not to conflict with the landscape of the Serra do Mar. So opted for a small "Palace" in gotico-provenzal style, inspired by the designs of the French architect Viollet-le-Duc. April 27, 1889 was inaugurated the building in the presence of the Emperor, accompanied by Gaston of Orléans, count of Eu.

    In 1930, the Ilha Fiscal was attached to the ilha do Cobras through a concrete docks transforming them into two twin Islands, or geographically, on a single island. In 1983, the naval duties was transferred to Ponta da Armação, Niterói. The last military organization that remained in the island was the grouping of ships Hidroceanographics, until March 1998. That date the Navy adopted as part of the policy of revaluation of the naval memory, open to the public this remarkable island, and simultaneously show visitors, the contribution of the Marinha do Brazil (Brazilian Navy) to the development of key areas of the country: social, scientific and technological.

    work on the place has it only open Saturdays and Sundays nowdays. Hours will be 12h30, 14h and 15h30. You get there by bus ,and the visit last about 2 hours. You can get your passes to the Museu Naval (navy museum) ,at the wharf at rua Dom Manuel nº 15, Praça XV, Rio de Janeiro, next to the building ALERJ,only on visiting days and from 11h to 15h25,admission is R$ 20,00 adults.

    site is only in Portuguese, but this is something to see different from the tourist trail

    Navy museum at Ilha Fiscal
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    Itamaracá

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2013

    Close to Recife, Itamaracá is a quiet beach, with the "extra" programs of the mangles, the islet Coroa do Avião, the fort, and the project "Peixe-Boi".

    It's a good detour for a calm different day.

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    Cabo de Santo Agostinho

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2013

    The long coast of Brazil has everything, from very touristy places to wild coast. Putting the purity of nature together with some comfort built by men is a balance hard to reach.

    Cabo de Santo Agostinho is one of those places, with several beautiful beaches mainly used by locals but already with some facilities, and always with Nature present and dominating.

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    Feira de antiguidades de arte Curitiba

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013

    a wonderful arts fair I always went by, full of stand with colorful imaginative crafts and sure brought some of those goodies home ::)

    Meeting point for collectors and antique shops where occurs the exhibition and sale of antique and thrift stores. The fair takes place every Saturday from 10:0 at 5:0 pm at Praca de Espanha

    this is near where I lived and they have a merchants associ there, link
    http://www.batelsoho.com.br/batelsoho/?page_id=10

    excellent area . you can ask when its held to be sure, here
    http://www.batelsoho.com.br/batelsoho/?page_id=15

    pra��a de Espanha and the Fairs
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    Tower of Jerusalem

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013

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    This is at praça Pedro Gasparello at the end of aver Sete do setembro at the crossing of avenida Presidente Arthur da Silva Bernardes and Sete de Setembro ,and Streets or rua Gen. Mário Tourinho, São Leopoldo,rua Dr. Edmir Silveira d’Ávilla and rua Prof. João Argemiro Loyolla – Seminário.

    The tower of Jérusalem was inaugurated in December 1995, in commemoration of the three thousand years of city históry. Built in reinforced concrete, 14 meters tall, sports a source of light with three angels in bronze (with approximately 600 kilos each) representing the three great monotheistic faiths, that believe in the existence of God and for which the town is sacred: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

    The monument celebrates the peace between people, was originally created to symbolize the three Americas. The change of name to "Jerusalem" by will of the Mayor of Curitiba, who at the time decided to honor the Mayor of Jerusalem who was visiting the capital of Paraná.

    tower of Jerusalem arriving on ave sete do setembro
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    Museu Metropolitano de Arte de Curitiba

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013

    O MUMA, metropolitan museum of arts .has in its permanent collection, works of Pancetti, Guignard, Di Cavalcanti, Djanira, Portinari, Mário Cravo, Burle Marx. The MUMA integrates gate Cultural Center complex, which includes the Theater Antônio Carlos Kraide, Cine Guarani, a library, the circus school, a chess club and art works in various parts of the facility.

    It is an impressive building in city center;one of my walks.

    entrance Met museum of arts panel and statue on modern arts by museum
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    Church of Nossa Senhora do Porto

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013

    a nice Church in a historical post and summer retreat of Brazilians in the area.
    This church was built in the first half of the 19th century to accompany a chapel built in 1769. The clock in the tower has functioned continuously since the church's construction.

    a nice stop while going tothe river, in Portuguese at Morretes site and more in Portuguese at the litoral tourist site of the state of Paraná
    http://www.adeturlitoral.com.br/br/?pg=destinos/morretes/pontos

    Church of Nossa Senhora do Porto inside the nave looking from church out to city of Morretes
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    parque de Ucrania

    by gwened Written Jul 8, 2013

    This is a park inside park Tinguii dedicated to the immigrants Ukranians that arrive in the city in the last century. The park memorial was done in 1995.
    the park is dotted with structures ,buildings arches, and bridges that resemble those in Ukraine

    IT is a nice family park to spend an afternoon in tranquility while looking of the magnificent structures.
    It is located at between streets or ruas Fredolin Wolf and José Valle. it is open every day from 8h to 18H free.

    The most moving monument is the church of São Miguel built in the end of the 19C by the Ukranian community of Serra do Tigre, municipality of Mallet, State of Paraná. it is one of the oldest in Brazil of Ukranian origins. IT has a byzantine style with slavic orthodox windows. In its bronze dome there is a bell. A replica of this church is found inside the Ukranian memorial in this park. It is there for history and architecture as it has no religious function today. However, inside you will see many Religious icons and a collection of pessankas and Ukranian crafts.

    entrance gate to Ukranian memorial at Tinguii
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    Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve

    by traveldave Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Located in the mountains about 37 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro, the Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve was established in 2002 by the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust as a wetland restoration project, and to protect fragments of the disappearing Atlantic rainforest. The reserve was originally called the Serra do Mar Ecological Reserve, but was renamed Guapi Açu, after a Tupi American Indian village that was once located nearby.

    Historically, the Atlantic rainforest, which is very similar ecologically to the Amazon rainforest, covered almost all of the Serra do Mar, a 620-mile (1,000-kilometer) mountain range that extends along the southeast coastline of Brazil. Because the southeast coast is where most of the people of Brazil live, the Atlantic rainforest has been cleared over the centuries until only about six percent of the original forest remains today, making it one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world.

    The Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve protects 18,249 acres (7,385 hectares) of wetlands and fragmented Atlantic rainforest, along with hundreds of endangered species of animals and plants. Rangers patrol the reserve to ensure that no animals are poached or no trees are cut. Almost 400 species of birds have been recorded on the reserve, including the critically endangered Rio de Janeiro antwren, a bird that is probably now extinct.

    Visitors can walk the hiking trails through the wetland areas and forest to try to see some of the wildlife and plants that can be difficult, if not impossible, to see elsewhere. A new lodge can accommodate eight people for those who wish to spend a few days on the reserve.

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    Torre Panoramica

    by gwened Written Jul 2, 2012

    open in 1991 with 109,5 meters high, the Torre Panorâmica in the district of Mercês, houses a telephone museum and a look out of 360° to see practically the whole town.. It is the highest point in the city.

    located at street or rua Prof. Lycio Grein de Castro Vellozo. open from 10h to 19h.

    torre panoramica view of parque Barigui from the torre panoramica towards city of Curitiba back end of city of Curitiba
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    Passeio Público

    by gwened Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    the oldest park in the city open in 1886 with close to 70k m² of trees area. it was my walking area while living here for 3 months, wonderful place with families and very central easy reach to all sights. A must for families and lovers of people watching and local ambiance.

    it is between streets or ruas Presidente Carlos Cavalcante, Presidente Faria ,and av. João Gualberto, city center. visits from tuesdays to Sundays from 6h to 20h. there is a small aquarium open from 9h to 17h.

    Passeio P��blico vase in a fountain central at passeo publico stands along passeo publico market day closeup of fountain in passeo publico passeio publico in foire or fairs day
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    Castel do Batel or castle of Batel

    by gwened Written Jul 2, 2012

    a wonderful castle in the middle of the city ,now full of cultural events, dinner and events of all types like weddings. the garden is like an oasis in a city.You need permission to get in, but ask the tourist office and it can be arranged, wont missed the opportunity

    Av. Visc de Guarapuava, 4610 - Batel Curitiba - PR, 80240-010
    behind it you can see the mercure hotel building where I lived for 3 months.

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    Internet cafes in cities.

    by benazer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I belive in each city we go to we should recommend an internet cafe we like.
    Maybe the bosses here will add this later..

    Well here is one I like and go regularly.
    It is in Sao Paulo/Brazil on Avenida Paulista the most famous Avenue similar to Champ Elyse in Paris.
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    Internet cafe
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    PANTANAL : IN TOUCH WITH FAUNA

    by swesn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Pantanal is a huge alluvial plain. This area used to be an inland sea. As it started to dry out 65 million years ago, it became a vast lake and now, a periodically flooded plain. As it is surrounded by hill lands, rain flow into the Pantanal and flood the low-lying Pantanal, creating cordilheiras (where animals can gather for water sustenance) during the rainy season.

    Thus, it is an area teeming with an immense variety of wildlife. Pantanal is the place to watch mammals like capybaras, tamanduas, coatis, howler monkeys; birds like spoonbills, macaws, toucans, screamers, and caymans. There is piranha fishing too.

    One of the most amazing thing here is to wake up and hear the chorus of the howler monkeys howling and growling at 5am in the morning!

    Pantanl guided tours can be arranged from Cuiaba in Mato Grosso and Corumba ror Campo Grande in Mato Grosso do Sul.

    During the dry season, it can be very hot, up to 40C in the day. But the hikes are done in the early morning or late afternoon - still hot, but not as bad as in high noon. The campsites provide great shade so afternoons are mainly for relaxing, chatting, reading, etc...

    During the wet season, I believe the tours are in canoes.

    Cosying up with the caymans

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    Tumucumaque National Park

    by kenHuocj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I have not visited, however my ineterst in Environmental challenges of Earth Planet demands that I add this news from the the New Scientist

    ..."Brazil has announced the establishment of the Tumucumaque National Park in the north of the country - the largest tropical forest park in the world.

    In the 39,000 sq.kms.remote and mountainous area of the Amazon, contains ICU Red List endangered species, such as the harpy eagle, jaguar and spider monkey,

    Covering 1% of the Amazon forest in Brazil. This is the first to protect a unique 'eco-region' called "GUAYANA MOIST FOREST. WWF has identified 220 different eco-regions globally as conservation targets.

    Charity of WWF South America says :
    "These are the most special places on the planet that we really, really must conserve,"
    "The truth is they don't know what new species might be out there,"..."

    Tumucumaque
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