About same distance from the two giants Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Paraty is the living history book. Paraty was an important trade spot between Brazil and Portugal. This was the main port from where the gold from the Brazilian state of Mines Gerais was transported to Portugal. This economic significance cased high development of infrastructure and architecture. Paraty has the largest number of Portuguese style buildings outside of Europe.
Paraty is also known for its Cachaca distilleries. Nothing can describe this better than the fact that in the early times this signature Brazilian drink was called Paraty. Cachaca is the main base of the famous Brazilian cocktail Capirinha.
I was blessed to visit the World biggest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The best samba schools of Rio are showing their performance along the 750m long stip in front of 90k supporters in the famous Sambadrome and in front of millions over the TV.
The event starts at 9 pm and the last samba school finishes long after sunrise. Thousands of words aren't enough to describe the atmosphere of the Sambadrome. With the following pictures I try to show the passion, enthusiasm and dedication of these people who are preparing for half a year for their one hour show.
I was so excited when I booked my ticket for a winter escape from Washington DC. We flew to Fort Lauderdale from where we rented a car and hit the famous US Route 1 South to the Southernmost Point of the continental USA.
This 4 hour long scenic route meanders along the beautiful Caribbean islands the Keys. Along the road we can see beaches, tiki bars (you have to try these if you didn't before), restaurants and impressive holiday mansions.
After a fun a scenic drive we arrived to Key West. The first think I noticed and was really fun that the entire island is full of free range chicken. These little guys came with the Cuban immigrants in the previous centuries. After farming and wasn't as attractive and the popular cock-fight became illegal in the United States they let the chicken free. Now they are protected and wherever you go along the island you can meet them.
Some touristy things to do:
- the beaches are not as impressive but if you are here during the winter when the other parts of the US is under snow it can be really beautiful
- visit the Hemingway house - definitely worth to join a tour because you can hear cool stories about his life
- bars, bars, bars......
- seafood :)
Its Tuesday morning. I have plenty of time to add another blog post because I'm waiting at the DMV to renew my DL.
The idea of the lookup series came last fall during Thanksgiving. I was visiting a good friend in Pittsburgh. Being several times in Steelers Town I already saw the landmarks. I was wondering around downtown and try to capture something which I didn't pay attention before. Being a beautiful morning I looked up on the sky and which was covered with puffy clouds and it was reflected by the all glass buildings and I knew that I have to capture this beauty. Since then if I am indoors or outdoor I always look up too see this perspective which is often forgotten by everyday traveler or photographer. Looking up or looking down, around, behind can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo. If we want to make better photos or to stand out from the crowd we have to make these small efforts to take different photos. :)
After my Trip to Malta (i'll tell more about my visit in another post) i arrived to Nantes. Being really rainy day we were looking for indoor activities. If you are in Nantes the Machines of the Isle of Nantes is a must visit. These steampunk machines are revealing the WIld WIld west movie in the middle of France. There have several exhibits and they tour around the country with their inventions.
The photos in the end are some pictures from Nantes and the famous Passage Pommeraye which hosts several famous beauty and fashion stores.
Photos were taken before the big snow of 2019. Being a government shutdown for 20 days the National Parks were closed so I had to walk along the popular Billy Goat Trail.
This was the first time I was using my new 10 stop ND filters. I think the results are explaining my purchase.
In early June i spent a few days in the beautiful island of Malta. The delicious wine, the beautiful view and the friendliness of the people it makes the island a small paradise on Earth. What could give a better introduction to Valletta than the people itself who are filling it with life.
Biltmore Estate is the biggest private owned home in the USA. It is located in Asheville North Carolina and belongs to the Vanderbilt family. The total are of the house is cca. 16.000 m² which is approximately 3 soccer fields.
The impressive art decoration in front of the castle and under the glass dome is the work if the famous artist Chihuly
The following photos were taken early morning in the famous French Quarter. It's unique to see the party district abandoned in the morning hours.
Photos taken during my travels in the US and abroad. Enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed being at the locations