Thursday, February 02, 2006


Atualização deste post para participação na blogagem coletiva Tertúlia Virtual de 15 de dezembro de 2008



Brasilia National Congress - Photo José Rodolfo Chufan

Palácio do Planalto - Photo by José Rodolfo Chufan

Photo by Augusto C.B. Areal

Photo by José Rodolfo Chufan

Brasília Cathedral - Photo by Victor Soares

Brasília Catedral - Photo by Angel

Photo by Joanajoe

Brasília Cathedral - by architect Oscar Niemeyer

Photo by Augusto C.B. Areal -

BRASÍLIA - "Brasília is the capital city of Brazil. Brasília is located in a Federal District, created from the state of Goiás in the Mid-West region of the country. It is famous for its urban planning, daring architecture and rapid population growth. The famous architect Oscar Niemeyer designed a large number of residential, commercial and government buildings. Among them were the residence of the President (Palácio da Alvorada), the House of the deputy, the National Congress, the Cathedral of Brasília, diverse ministries, not to mention residential buildings."

BRASÍLIA was constructed between 1956 and 1960, during the government of President Juscelino Kubitschek. It was inaugurated, as Brazil's new capital, on April 21, 1960. Its master plan ("Plano Piloto") was conceived by Lucio Costa, and its major buildings were designed by Oscar Niemeyer.


Opera de Arame (Wire Opera) - Photo by Fábio Barros

Opera de Arame (Wire Opera)- Photo by Fábio Barros

Curitiba - Botanic Garden - Photo by Fábio Barros

CURITIBA (Paraná state's capital) - "With a population of more than one million and a half inhabitants, Curitiba is considered a standard city. The innovating solutions to the urban planning, the concern about environment revealed on the parks and cycle lanes and the cultural equipments that humanize life on the city has turned Curitiba into one of best living quality places on the country and has attracted attention of specialists in Urbanism around the world."


Praia da Boa Viagem ( Bon Voyage Beach) - Recife - Photo by Raul Lopes

Old Recife

RECIFE - (Pernambuco state's capital), meaning "reef" in Portuguese, is the second largest city in the Northeastern Region of Brazil, with a population 1.3 million, 3.5 million in the metropolitan area.

Recife "wins over its visitors’ hearts with its multitude of attractions, making it a truly unique place. The city is a growing metropolis, which can be readily seen on a trip along Boa Viagem Beach or to the sophisticated commerce. It is, at the same time, a place of historical and architectural heritage, demonstrated by the several 17th and 18th Century constructions, an inheritance from Portuguese and Dutch colonizers. "


Rio de Janeiro - Foto Maria Theresa

Rio de Janeiro - Photo Maria Theresa

Rio de Janeiro - Photo by Farrapo

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COPACABANA BEACH - Copacabana is a district located in the southern zone of the city Rio de Janeiro, famous for its 4 km beach. - Photo by Zeh

Cristo Redentor (Christ Redeemer) at Corcovado Hill - Photo by Maria Theresa

Cristo Redentor (Christ Redeemer) forward and Pão de Açúcar ( Sugar Loaf Mountain) far away - Photo by Farrapo

RIO DE JANEIRO - (Region: Southeast - Population: 5,974,081 inhabitants) - The city was the Brazilian capital until 1960 – when Brasilia, the current capital, was inaugurated. The capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro is also one of the greatest business centers in the Country, being constantly chosen to host important local and international conferences, congresses and meetings.

"Known as the “Wonderful City”, Rio de Janeiro offers attractions that have rendered the city international fame. Who has never heard about Carnival in Rio, the most amazing popular party in the world? Or who has never heard about the Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ Redeemer? Or about the beautiful beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, that have inspired musicians from all over the world? Or, also, who has never heard of the Tijuca National Park – the largest urban natural preservation area in the Country?"


Salvador - Photo by Boom

Elevador Lacerda (elevator) between the low and the high city in Salvador - Photo by Vila Boa

SALVADOR is divided into the Upper City (Cidade Alta) and Lower City (Cidade Baixa).The Plano Inclinado (funicular railway) and the Elevador Lacerda connects the Upper City (Cidade Alta) with the Lower City (Cidade Baixa).

Salvador - Pelourinho - Photo by Boom

Salvador - Old City - Photo by Farrapo

SALVADOR was the first historic capital of Brazil (in full, São Salvador da Baía de Todos os Santos, meaning "Holy Savior of the Bay of All Saints") is a city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of BAHIA.

The capital of Bahia, "famous for its history, the legacy left by people from other continents, its cultural miscegenation, its religious syncretism and its hospitable people, has been the setting and object of study of professionals from diverse areas for many years."












(Continuation next post)


  1. As always your pictures are absolutely beautiful.

    This one is my favorite:

    Cristo Redentor (Christ Redeemer) at Corcovado Hill

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us.

  2. Thank you for the quick tour of the cities of Brazil. You are saving me so much in air fares.

  3. Unique way of answering the questions. Lots of sunshine & beautiful cities. I'll be back to see what's next!

  4. What an interesting building the Opera de Arame is!

  5. Es bonito Brasil. Una ciudad impresionante. Un gran reportaje. Saludos.

  6. Wow--incredible photo spread. I also liked the Christ statue; I've always wanted to see that. You make me want to travel to these places. Do you Google search to get the photos?

  7. MY LORDY SONIA!!!! This must have taken you days and days and days! It is monumental and I feel like I've just had a wonderful tour of many of your major cities!

    All the pictures are truly wonderful...The architecture old and newer is Fantastic.

    Rio is sooooo very beautiful....I love seeing the Copacabana Coast wit that fabulous Beach!!!

    I will be coming back to study these more thoroughly...there's so much to take in! Thank You So Very Much, Sonia...for this small tour of your GREAT Country!

  8. Sonia...thank you. I feel as though I learn so much each time I visit your blog. The photos are breathtaking.

  9. Sonia, these photos are absolutely wonderful to see. You made me remember that when I was in high school, we were learnign about this new city being constructed in Brazil (Brasilia, of course). I was enchanted by the stories about it and always wanted to see it.

  10. Sonia,

    I tagged you a few weeks back. Maybe you missed it. I love the pics. We were mugged in Rio. Scary but a lovely place. You live in a beautiful place.

  11. Hi Sonia,
    Have spent another coffee break touring your blog.
    The cathedral in Brasilia reminds me of the Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool also built in the 60s and dedicated to Christ the King.
    it is always wonderful to see your pictures

  12. Your pictures are stunning as always. Are you a photographer?

    These images make me want to hop on a plane to Brazil (this is number one on hubby's places to visit.)

  13. Beautiful as always! I love the wire opera. Is the weather always lovely there???

  14. I'm not a religious person and don't care much for opera, but I'd consider changing my mind if I could step inside the Brasilia Cathedral and the Wire Opera! Simply magnificent.

  15. Wonderful, beautiful place....the pictures are breath taking....thank you for sharing... Being stuck in Ohio, and seeing your pictures, it make me wonder why?

  16. opsss. i post my comment on diff entry hehe.

    i've never been to the city. it's a wonderful place as i read and look at the photo. tq for sharing :)

  17. Thanks sonia for your fantastic post on some really wonderful cities!! Amazing.

    thanks too for commenting on my blog.

  18. OH MY GOODNESS!!! you are making me want to pack my family up and travel the world. Seriously beautiful photos. I really want to visit some of those places they look amazing. We live in such a beautiful world.

  19. Boy, when you get tagged you really respond completely. Well, someday I wil visit South America, maybe. The friend of my daughter is recently engaged. She lives in Chile, and I am hoping just maybe we will get an invite. Thank you for posting comments on one of my blogs, by the way!

  20. Sonia., this is extraordinary. Thank you. Coming to your blog is the next best thing to visiting Brasil ...

  21. Wow!
    The Botanic Garden looks like a great place.
    I'd like to see Christ the Redeemer in real life. I'm sure it is amazing to see him overlooking the city.

  22. brazil has always been one of the countries that holds a huge fascination for me.

    this barrage of amazing photos is like entering a dream and doing a mini visit.

    thank you!!!!!!! i'll definitely be back to see more.

  23. Que de belles photos !!!
    La cathédrale de Brasilia est extraordinaire !

  24. Wow -- you bring thoroughness to a whole new level! What an extraordinary way to do this little game of tag! I feel like I have gotten all of the benefit of the Oscars and a National Geographic travelogue all on one website! Beautiful pictures -- some great movies picks (and many to put on my "to see" list!)... Amazing post, Sonia!

  25. Sonia, you really did a wonderful job with the game of tag! So many good recommendations and so many movies I haven't yet seen. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this, and also for the lovely photographs of your beautiful country. Truly a delight to visit your website!

  26. Wow you've been to some amazing places! Helen

  27. I love coincidences, and I was recommended Straight Story and only recently hunted it down to watch. How wonderful it is.

    And thank you for recommending the lovely screen saver. Ive passed it on through my blog too. Many thanks!

  28. Sonia,

    com certeza será esta a MAIOR e mais ILUSTRADA postagem sobre o BRASIL, nesta TERTULIA!
    Parabéns pela sua brilhante, como sempre, participação!
    Como não havia visto e comentado nela, da primeira vez, foi OPORTUNISSIMO refaze-la!

    Bjs e muito obrigado por tudo!

  29. Belíssimas fotos e grande homenagem ao Brasil dos nossos dias.

  30. Sonia que belo exemplo deste nosso lindo país...maravilha parabéns.

  31. Sonia, queira ou não, tenha sido esta ou não a sua intenção, com o Leaves of Grass você divulga no exterior com muita magia as coisas bonitas de nosso Brasil. Achei excelente o seu post. Como sempre com fotos maravilhosas. Meus parabéns.
    Beijos. Feliz semana.

  32. Sonia, linda as imagens por aqui. E a sua homenagem ao Brasil.

    Tenho imagens parecidas só que musicadas, rs.

    Um grande abraco

  33. Belas fotos deste lindo país! Parabéns.

  34. Uma fantástica promoção do Brasil, como se vê pelos comentários. E se o Brasil não é só isto, muito passa por aqui. Obrigado pelas imagens e texto de enquadramento.

  35. Sonia, fiquei feliz por ver suas postagens, uma idéia simplesmente maravilhosa de mostrar esse Brasil tão colorido, e por saber de sua participação.


    Ju Gioli

  36. meu Deus!!!!
    Que show de imagens!!!
    Dia 17 estarei em salvador e quero conferir o que vi aqui!
    Sou super sua fã! Aqui tá tudo lindo! Foi um prazer ainda maior participar desta tertúlia e ver essas imagens maravilhosas!
    Parabéns! Um super bjo
    e até mais!


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