Equator Gringos

October 24, 2008

Colonial Brazil

Filed under: Ecuador — lstollin @ 10:00 pm

Back to last summer, here are a few pictures from some of the gorgeous colonial towns we visited in Brazil.  The first picture is Parati or Paraty, the port that shipped off the Brazilian gold before Rio de Janeiro took over.  The last picture is Salvador da Bahia up in what is referred to as northeastern Brazil.  It was the biggest colonial city we visited, and in its day was the center of slave trade and now is the cultural heart of Brazil, with capoeira, candomble, and most of the country’s musical styles hailing from there.

The rest of the pictures are of the exquisite colonial towns of Minas Gerais, the state northwest of Rio de Janeiro whose name means “General Mines,” a bureaucratic triumph of paternalistic nomenclature that clearly distills the region’s only importance to the colonial Portuguese.

Fresh back from our trip I had planned to write in detail about the towns and the sculpture, etc. etc.  But at this distance, I’ll just let the places speak for themselves.  A wonderful trip with almost no U.S. tourists.

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  1. Thanks again guys – we are still remembering what a great time we had –

    Comment by Bettye Kelso — November 15, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  2. Hello, dear Luke and Joy:

    Fantastic photos! You seem to be having a great time in South America! It is wonderful to see you again through these pictures!
    All the best to you.

    Comment by Juan Emilio — December 19, 2008 @ 5:56 pm

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