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Tagged With: Brazil

ISLANDS Some People Are Really Crazy …

FOR THE BRAZILIANS IT IS LIKE A WARM SHOWER: Mourners from all over South America flying to the island of Paqueta in the Guanabara Bay of Rio de Janeiro with their dead and frozen birds! Because there on the island lies (allegedly) the only cemetery for birds in the world. Each bird gets a decent … Weiterlesen »

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CARS Oh, What A Shame … (No. 21)

Around the globe they loved it and it became an object not only of transport but even more of philosophy, protest and statement: This bus for 12 people (or 20, or 200 …, people went crazy sometimes), called „Bully“ or „Bulli“. It was the cult car of the Hippie generation and it remained the status … Weiterlesen »

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SOCCER A Conversation Piece (No. 50)

They must be crazy in this Barrio of Sao Paulo – or fanatic naturalists! Even more fanatic than being futbolistas. That’s hardly possible in Brazil – but in Sao Paulo it happens: There is quite a big green tree growing in one half of a soccer field, throwing a nice shadow, but being a heavy obstacle … Weiterlesen »

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NATURE Oh, What A Shame … (No. 9)

You know why? Because in the rainforest which grows in the western Amazonas region in Brazil, on 100 square meters (to make it easier, let’s say: 100 square yards) you find about 20 000 trees, belonging to 2000 species. It’s the densest growth with the widest variety of any forest in the world. 20 000 … Weiterlesen »

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RIVERS A Story Of Glory … (No. 45)

I dare to say, that the world as we love it, wouldn’t exist without the mighty river. Yes, we all know the myriads of stories, existing from the tiny source in the Andes down to the enormous delta in which the island Marajo lies, as big as Switzerland, the biggest in Brazil. And there are … Weiterlesen »

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BRAZIL Lost & Found … (No. 41)

I suggest you read this, a novelist, whose name is long forgotten, wrote it 80 years ago: „This parquet floor is made of the rarest and noblest lumbers of the rain forests of the State of Para. Here you find sandalwood, rosewood, satinwood, ivorywood and the fire red stripes inbetween are of inlaid brazilwood, from … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS I Got A Strange Message … (26)

    … and the best of this fish is the tongue! Ricardo is a co-founder of the Brazilian „Greens“ and his wife Lisa is even more green. They live in Manaus now and Lisa tries to avoid in her kitchen (and generally) everything which is not produced by nature. It doesn’t always work (her … Weiterlesen »

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BUILDINGS A Story Of Glory … (No. 11)

At first I didn’t belief that a house can have a postal code. The „Copan“ in Sao Paulo (Brazil) has one: CEP 01046-925. Amazing! It’s a 140 m (or 420 feet) high, 38 story residential building. Construction was completed in 1966 and it has the largest floor area of any residential building in the world, … Weiterlesen »

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RESTAURANTS The News To Use … (No. 2)

I got an email the other day from my admired friend Andreas Bender, the last „Master of the Art of Travel“. I want to share his message with you and strongly advice all, to use the information, the next time you are in Rio de Janeiro: „I have never before travelled from Burma straight to … Weiterlesen »

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RIVERS The Nice Advice … (No. 49)

My friend Carlos (Probst) had the idea: Take an old Amazon steamer, one of those „Fitzcarraldo Boats“, restore it to rubber boom splendour, add modern luxury and cruise the river system of the Rio Negro and the Salimoes, which end up to be the Amazon. Carlos calls his fleet „Amazonas Clippers“, that sounds good, and … Weiterlesen »

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