Francois Brennand
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While travelling through the North of Brazil we just had to stop in Várzea – one of Recife’s suburbs -, where the 85 years old Brazilian ceramist Francisco Brennand is until today still working on the expansion and constant change of Oficina Brennand, a unique piece of architecture and at the same time a home […]

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Basically attached to Recife, Olinda has a completely different vibe from it’s big brother. Well maintained colonial houses line its tranquil streets filled with art galleries and occasionally a restaurant or bar. The livelihood is mainly to be found at night when people flock the market stalls around Praça da Sé with typical Brazilian cuisine, […]

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By catamaran some two hours from the coast of Salvador the island Tinharé with its main town Morro do São Paulo is a nice getaway for those  like beach life in comfort, a bit of luxury and a good night life, while enjoying fairly unspoiled beaches and nature further out when the tide is low. […]

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Nowadays called ‘Brazil’s capital of happiness’ due to its easygoing population and many outdoor parties, Salvador’s past is somewhat more serious. As the first colonial capital of Brazil, the city played an important role in Brazil’s history. It was here where many African slaves arrived, to be later put to work at the sugar plantations around the […]

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Barra Grande is one of those isolated beach places where you go when you look for silence and tranquil ‘praias’, where one is just happy with a simple life. Situated at the top of Peninsula Marau the easiest way to get to Barra Grande is by boat from the city of Camamu, once in a […]

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Brazil’s coastline is filled with numerous beaches. Whereas the ones down south are getting a bit chilly during this time of year, Brazil’s winter, at the ones more up north you can definitely enjoy nice beach weather, even though you might have to take the daily short lasting rain showers into account. Having so many […]

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Hidden Treasures In Chapada Diamantina, Brazil   You have to blink twice before you realize that it is not the water in Poco Azul that has this magnificent blue color. The water is as water normally is completely transparent and colorless. Yet, some hours per day when the sunrays enlighten the cave, the blue of […]

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Brazil’s Diamond Plateau   One of the World’s Top Hiking Destinations   Once an important source for diamonds, nowadays the Brazilian region of Chapada Diamantina is mainly known for its beautiful nature. The lush area in the midst of the dry interior of Brazil is said to be one of the world’s top hiking destinations […]

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Brazil-Brasilia-Oscar-Niemeyer-Itamary
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Most of Oscar Niemeyer’s work can easily be recognized by his characteristic style – the use of curvy lines, unusual shapes and grey-white concrete. Palacio Itamaraty in Brasilia is a clear exception. Also built by the Brazilian architect, the construction of this building comes closer to the design of buildings from the seventies than the […]

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Brazil-Brasilia-Oscar-Niemeyer-Cathedral
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As in the whole of South America, religion plays an important role in the life of Brazilian people and every city or village has at least one church. The ones in Brazil generally have a completely different architectural style compared to those in other Latin American countries and are more modern or simplistic. The one […]

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