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Mar 27, 2014 - Carneiros Beach

While in the planning process for this family holiday, we all got a say I. What we wanted out the trip. My contribution was relaxing at the beach!!!! Therefore, we scheduled a bus ride to a recommended beach about 90 minutes away from Recife. The pictures really speak for my day:). It was like being on the old TV show, "Fantasy Island" I watched as a kid. It was glorious!!! If this is just a glimpse of Paradise, I can't even imagine what the real thing looks like. After lunch, Ana and I actually had a nap in the resting area for half an...

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Mar 26, 2014 - City Tour

After making a journal entry yesterday and missing one stupid button, I lost the whole thing!!! We boarded the bus by 7:40 and began our city tour. Our first stop was Olinda being one of the very first villages to be developed by the king of Portugal. The text books tell the story that as the king climbed one of the seven hills, he exclaimed,"O linda!" Translated means beautiful. A beautiful place for a village. However, the unofficial story is that while he looked down from the hill top, he saw a beautiful Indian woman. I guess we'll...

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Mar 25, 2014 - Unbelievable

Our bus tour got cancelled due to the lack of an English translator; so we altered our plans and were at the beach by 9:30 am. We quickly realized that shade is not free! Either one has to rent chairs/umbrellas or must use the space beneath a tree that is territorially guarded, thereby agreeing to purchase food and/or beverages from the supervising vendor. We staked a nice spot beside the lifeguard station. The cost was worth it as the Atlantic Ocean was, literally, as warm as a bathtub!!! The slope of the shore is not as steep so the waves...

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Mar 24, 2014 - Recife

Arrived safe at the resort and one of the oldest cities in Brazil. It is also a vacation haven for obvious reasons as we are a mere 557 miles from the Equator. A balmy a 30 degrees with a welcome cool breeze. Lots of reconstruction here as well preparing for the upcoming World Cup. Went to the market directly across the street from our hotel. Loved the outdoor square and the casual atmosphere. feeling rather generous, I treated Dear Old Dad to dinner. We both had a chicken and beef kabob each. I loved the very flavourful beef one. For the...

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Mar 16, 2014 - Maceio to Olinda, Brazil

Saturday 15th March 2014 Maceio to Olinda, Brazil Today we left our campsite in Maceio at about 9:00am. The weather was fine and hot (as usual). Today was supposed to be a shorter day's driving on the truck, but we first had to detour around a ferry crossing where our driver did not like the look of the ferry. It certainly looked a bit small and not very secure. Anyway, we eventually got round that problem. We spent an hour and a half at a beach for lunch. We had a paddle in the water. Some of the group went for a swim there. The beaches...

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Feb 17, 2013 - Recife and Olinda

We docked at Recife in the early morning and disembarked to music and dancing from some locals. Recife is the 9th largest city in Brazil and the capital of Pernambuco state. It has the nickname “the Brazilian Venice” because of the rivers and the natural pools formed by the coal reefs that run along its coast. There are many lovely beaches. One of the areas in Recife is Olinda set on a hill. It is a UNESCO world heritage site as it is one of the best preserved Portuguese colonial towns. It was built in the 1500s and has narrow cobbled...

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The Woods at Large

Feb 4, 2013 - Recife,Brazil

Today, Monday Feb 4th, we arrived in Recife. This is one of Gerry’s old haunts from his S. American visit in 1959. Luckily it looks a lot different today. It is a big modern city of 1.8 million people, with an old city centre. We took an excursion from the ship because we wanted to go to the nearby city of Olinda and thought that was the best way to go. A highlight was the old prison that has been turned into a tourist market with the cells being individual shops and decorated ready for carnival. One disappointment in the old part was that...

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Amazon Cruise 2013

Feb 1, 2013 - Churches, colour and carnaval: Recife and Olinda

A Dutch fleet finally gained control of Olinda on February 16th 1630, after the Dutch had tried unsuccessfully since 1625 to gain a foothold on the Brazilian coast with an eye on the sugarcane production. The Spanish and the Dutch were still engaged in the 80 Years War and since Portugal was in that period occupied by Spain, the Dutch could no longer trade with the Portuguese, hence their interest to establish their own territory. It was under the governorship of Johan Maurits of Nassau (1636 - 1644) that the colony expanded and flourished....

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Oct 1, 2012 - Recife - Olinda

Nous voilà maintenant à Recife chez notre couchsurfeur Joao. Recife aura été la ville de la culture car nous avons vu 4 musées grâce aux conseils de Joao. Il nous a préparé un programme avec les choses qu'il estimait les plus intéressantes pour nous selon le temps que nous avions à disposition. C'était encore mieux qu'avec un guide ! Nous avons vu le musée de la monnaie, c'est un passionné qui a collectionné différentes pièces de monnaie du Brésil et en a fait des œuvres d'art. A une certaine période, le Brésil changeait très souvent de...

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Jan 16, 2012 - Recife, Brazil

Recife is known as the Brazilian Venice. Several rivers run through it and it is dotted with islands and mangroves. We take a complimentary shuttle into town to the Casa da Cultura. It is an old prison that has been converted into a handicraft market. Each cell houses a small shop selling clothing, wooden carvings and jewelry.

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Dec 4, 2011 - Olinda

Hi All, After the last few days on the beach I decided to spend a couple of days in Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a city much much bigger than the last couple of places I´ve visited! Olinda is an old colonial city which has colourful houses painted in different colours and various old churches scattered around the city, the main one being Alto do Se on top of a hill from which you have great views of the coast, Olindas larger neighbour (Recife) over the top of Olinda. On my first evening I went to watch some Forro (a type of...

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Nov 27, 2011 - good luck with that

As we crossed the Equator on the final day at sea we became accompanied by an ever growing flock of birds. They looked like extra large gulls with black tails and black outlines on their wings. They cruised along side us effortlessly and dropped like bombs into the water to catch fish. It was great fun for us to watch, but the crew had a big job ahead after we docked since the beautiful views from our windows was obscured by layers of bird poop. Recife gets its name from the reef which protects its harbor and was founded as a Dutch colony....

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