Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Caruaru - The Capital City Of Forró Music

It is a Brazilian municipality in the state of PernambucoCaruaru is located in the microzone of Agreste and because of its cultural importance, it is nicknamed Capital do Agreste (Portuguese for the "capital city of the Agreste region"), Princesinha do Agreste ("Little Princess of Agreste"), and Capital do Forró ("the capital city of forró"). Caruaru has a history intertwined with the most famous of northeastern music genres - the forró. Forró is the umbrella term that covers a variety of different subgenres like 'baião, quadrilha, xaxado or xote, all having in common the same basic instruments: accordion, triangle, guitar and percussion. Luiz Gonzaga (1912 - 1989) is perhaps the best-known composer of the genre and to this day there is a museum dedicated to him in Caruaru, the Museu do Forró Luiz Gonzaga, where visitors can learn more about his life and works.

The city is located 140 kilometers (87 miles) from the state capital of Recife, which has an international airport. However Caruaru has its own airport. Also it is renowned for its extensive Festival de São João ("Saint John's Festival"), which takes up the whole month of June, sometimes extending into July.


The main economic activities in Caruaru are industry (especially textiles), tourismcommerce, and handicraft, and the primary sector, especially the raising of goatschickens, and cattle, and the production of milk. Agricultural activity in the Caruaru area also includes beanscassava, and corn. Caruaru also hosts one of the biggest open-air traditional handicrafts markets of Brazil, the Feira de Caruaru. (search: wikipedia)

Pictures: Google and wikipedia

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Recife - Brazilian Venice!

Recife and its bridges. Photo: wikitravel
Recife, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco, is one of the largest and most important cities on the northeastern coast of Brazil. This lively capital, originally founded by Dutch colonizers, is brimming with a vibrant culture, an interesting old town (which includes the oldest synagogue in the Americas) and some nice beaches. 

Recife is distinguished by its many rivers, bridges, islets and peninsulas. Recife Antigo, on its own island by the harbor, is the historic old town center dating to the 16th century. To its south, popular Boa Viagem Beach is sheltered by reefs and lined by tall apartment blocks, modern hotels and restaurants. It is the fourth-largest urban agglomeration in Brazil 

It is on the Atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Capibaribe, Beberibe and Jordão Rivers, close to the eastern most point of the Americas. The climate is tropical, with two main seasons: dry (September-March) and rainy (April-August).

Due to the prevalence of waterways in its geography, Recife is known as Veneza Brasileira (Brazilian Venice).

Do not miss Olinda or Porto de Galinhas. The first is famous for its natural setting, colonial architecture and carnaval, while the second has been consistently voted the best beach in Brazil.

Photo: Skyscrapercity  by George Hamilton Paes Barreto, on Flickr.

Historic Old Town. Photo: wikipedia

Photo: huffington post by © Recife Dept. of Tourism

Bicycle path in Recife Boa Viagem Beach. Photo: wikitravel