In Brazil: A View From Above

I’m in Brazil visiting family and enjoying the 2014 World Cup. Here’s a taste of my hometown, Fortaleza, one of the host cities for the World Cup matches. This is the view from our condo.

And here’s a video prepared by FIFA about Fortaleza. Similar videos were prepared for all 12 hosting cities.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

DSC_1454During the Pentecost season, Brazilian Catholics celebrate the ascension of Christ into heaven with the Festival of the Divine Holy Spirit. Besides religious activities, a distinctly Brazilian tradition during the festival is the Cavalhadas, a ceremony that reenacts the Christian knights’ defeat of the Moors on the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages. Actors ride on horseback, with the Christian knights, dressed in blue, squaring off against the Moors, in red. Some dress as animals, using masks like the one in the photo. This “bull mask” is typical of the Cavalhadas of Pirenopolis, a historic town in Southeast Brazil.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

Window in slaves quarters (now a museum) in colonial Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Looking out the window, I saw many other windows. In Ouro Preto, Brazil

Looking out the window, I saw many other windows. In Ouro Preto, Brazil

Window at cafe, with view of the mountains. Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Window at cafe, with view of the mountains. Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Store window, Ojai, CA.

Store window, Ojai, CA.

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Travel Theme: Birds

This entry is part of Travel Theme: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/12/27/travel-theme-birds/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Inside an inactive gold mine in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Inside an inactive gold mine in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Looking out the window of my note room in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Looking out the window of my hotel room in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Kaya looks out the window of our living-room in Washington, D.C.

Kaya looks out the window of our living-room in Washington, D.C.

At Ray's Restaurant at the LA County Museum of Art, the tables have little drawers. Inside them you'll find your napkin, fork and knife. Loved it!

At Ray’s Restaurant, at the LA County Museum of Art, the tables have little drawers. Inside them, you’ll find your napkin, fork and knife. Loved it!

This entry is part of Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/photo-challenge-inside/

Travel Theme: Multicoloured

This week’s Travel Theme is “Multicoloured.” Well, I didn’t need to go very far from home for that… Most shots were taken at Venice Beach, California, most definitely a vert colorful place!

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Houses

For this challenge I chose a set of colonial houses from Ouro Preto, a former colonial mining town, set on the mountains of the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Ouro Preto was a center for gold mining and prosperity in the 18th century, during Brazil’s Golden Ages. Its beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture and quaint cobblestone streets earned it the designation of World Heritage by UNESCO.