Archive for December, 2009
I’d like to end the year in the blog with a musical recommendation.
It is Claúdia Cunha and its debut album, Responde a Roda. At Biscoito Fino‘s website you can read a review of the album and purchase it if you wish. At Cláudia’s My Space profile you’ll be able to listen to a few tracks from the record.
The year’s coming to an end and it seems an appropriate time to look back and handpick some of the best entries posted at the blog during 2009. In no particular order:
- For anyone needing some help making up their mind on a trip to Brazil we published a free ebook, Brazil 12 months 12 destinations.
- A few months before the free ebook we had published our list of 10 must-see places in Brazil.
- We mentioned another free resource at 7 full (and free!) tourist guides on Brazil available online.
- We returned to Fernando de Noronha and to help you have an idea of what the island looks like from above we posted a video with the complete approach to Fernando de Noronha airport.
- An entire blog post was dedicated to one of the most beautiful places we visited during 2009, Inhotim, the perfect marriage between art and nature.
- For birders, we mentioned yet another free online publication, Birdwatching in Brazil.
- We published our annual ranking of Brazilian beaches: top 10 Brazilian beaches – 2009 edition.
- For those based or spending some time in São Paulo, we gave quite a few ideas for São Paulo getaways.
- Staying in the largest Brazilian city, we also had a look at our very own São Paulo’s top ten.
- We can’t leave out from this selection the new destination cards we published during 2009, devoted to Boipeba, Manaus, Ouro Preto, Praia do Forte, Salvador and Ubatuba.
2009 was the year when the Brazil Travel Blog joined Twitter. You will find us there too.
As you know, I host my photos at Flickr. The collection Brazil contains 61 albums with photos from all the corners of the country. Rummaging around in the photo vault I have selected among the photos I uploaded in 2009 my top 10 Brazilian photos. In no particular order:
1. transparent waters in Boipeba, Bahia
2. Sancho beach in Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco
3. Bainema beach in Boipeba, Bahia
4. Church of St Francis of Assisi in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais
5. turtle seen snorkeling in Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco
6. Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro (this is an old shot I only processed in 2009)
7. Sunset at the Praia do Forte, Bahia
8. Meeting of the waters, near Manaus, Amazon
9. National Congress, Brasilia
10. Mercado Central, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
Brasil, Brasil is a superb 3-hour program produced by the BBC containing a comprehensive review of Brazilian music. Here’s the link to the BBC’s website with all the data on the documentary series: Brasil, Brasil. If you search on YouTube you will find the entire documentary divided into multiple chunks to allow for easier visualization.
The carnival in Salvador de Bahia 2010 will take place from 11 to 16 February. A handful of websites with information on the carnival:
- Portal oficial del Carnaval 2009. The carnival’s official website. Detail information of the carnival events hasn’t been made public yet, it will be announced during the first fortnight in January.
- Folia Bahia. Complete information including a map showing where the carnival circuits are.
- EFolia.net. Another site with a good deal of practical info.