IMAGES OF 07/30//2001: 


 - city at dawn:  1

IMAGES OF 07/29/2001:  


 - performance at the “Pôr do Sol” (Sunset) Amphitheater and sailing boats on the Guaíba river at the close of day:  1,  2 

- sunset in the city:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

=> For further information on Porto Alegre-RS: see the NUTEP/UFRGS site

IMAGES OF 07/29/2001:  


 The town of Guaíba is located next to Porto Alegre, “across the Guaíba river”. It provides a terrific view of the Guaíba River or Lake, and of the Porto Alegre skyline, from downtown to Belém Novo, at the far south; there is also a privileged view of the Prison Island, which used to be a prison in the 70’s during the military rule. It was closed after a controversial escape of an inmate inside a kitchen pan.

- Matriz Church, located at the highest and oldest part of town:   1

- Scenarios viewed from the high part of town:   1,  2,  3 4 5,  6 7 8

- installation of the Riocell cellulose plant, which is one of the largest plants of its kind in Brazil; it had a troubled start in the 70’s for the pollution it brought to Porto Alegre’s metropolitan area, especially on the west side; it was closed in the early 80’s; it currently employs a sophisticated pollution system and its chimneys are 100 meters high, being visible from a great distance; the plant was originally Norwegian and was installed in Guaíba almost by accident, as the directors were travelling to Colombia and were interested by what they heard from a Rio Grande do Sul journalist about this area on the margin of the Guaíba River. The plant currently belongs to the Klabin group and is in the process of doubling its production, which reaches nearly R$ 300 billion. The enterprise has a strong socioeconomic influence in several nearby towns:   1 2 3 4,  5,  6,  7

- Views from an avenue alongside the Guaíba river or lake: 1 2 3,  4 5 6  (waste expelled by a recent flood),  7 8,   9 10 11 12 13

=>  For further information on Guaíba-RS: see the NUTEP/UFRGS site

 IMAGES OF 07/28/2001:


 - New premises of the Vale do Caí Campus, at the University of Caxias do Sul, which is beginning its activities on this region of the state, which has about 140,000 inhabitants and a gross domestic product of US$ 841 million, equivalent to nearly 16% of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and did not have a university campus; the enterprise will have a strong influence on the culture, economy, technology and politics in the region:   1,  2,  3

- New segment of the "Sierra Road" (RS-240), built to go around the town, RS-240, which connects Porto Alegre to Caxias do Sul, is being doubled in the Region of Caí Valley; the decision to build the doubled segment “around” the city of São Sebastião do Caí was controversial at first, but widely approved in the end, as it makes things easier and adds a large area to the city; several new enterprises were and are being built alongside the new segment:  1,  2 3 

The works on the doubling of the road are moving towards the city of Bom Princípio, where a similar decision must be taken by DAER to buid the doubled segment "around" town in order to minimize problems in the downtown are, to avoid the construction of walls and viaducts (which is happening alongside BR-116 in Canoas, Esteio, Sapucaia do Sul and São Leopoldo), to assure the tranquility and safety of the population, to reduce air pollution, to add a new area to town and, most of all, to reduce the number of fatal accidents. 

=>  For further information on São Sebastião do Caí-RS: see the NUTEP/UFRGS site

IMAGES OF 07/27/2001: 


 Buildings alongside the avenue to the central area of the powers:    1 2 3,  4 5,  6,  7 8

Cathedral:   1

Itamarati Palace:   1

National Congress:   12

Powers Square:   1

Supreme Court of Brazil and Audit Court of Brazil:   1

Planalto Palace:   1 2

Other images of the central area of powers:   1 2 3

IMAGES OF 07/21/2001:


Sunny morning, after several rainy days:   1 2 3 4 5 6

Buildings on Av. Nilo Peçanha, on Bela Vista  1

Av. Assis Brasil, on the north side:   1 2

FIERGS, viewed from the Freeway (BR-290):   1,  2

Cattle isolated by the floods of Gravataí river, next to the Freeway:   1

Close of day in the city:   1,  2,  3

Sunset on the Guaíba river:   1,  2


City viewed from the freeway:   1 2

Central avenue:   1

=>  For further information on Alvorada-RS: see the NUTEP/UFRGS site


Installation of the General Motors (GM) industrial complex viewed from the Freeway:   1,  2,  3

(In its first year of operation in Gravataí, GM produced nearly 77,000 Celta cars and, along with other systems, employs about 3,000 people)

Intercity Hotel, built near the GM complex:   1,  2

São José Seminar, a traditional Catholic Church school in town:  1

City view from São José seminar:   1,  2

View of the Church and the traditional D. Feliciano school:   1 2

=>  For further information on Gravataí-RS: see the NUTEP/UFRGS site


View of the town’s central area, which grew alongside the old road to the north beaches of Rio Grande do Sul (RS-030):  1 2,  3

=>  For further information on Glorinha-RS:  see the NUTEP/UFRGS site


View of Av. Flores da Cunha:   1,  2

=> For further information on Cachoeirinha-RS: see the NUTEP/UFRGS site  

JULY 11th, 2001 IMAGES:   


Surrounding hills in a cool, dry and sunny morning in the city: 

1 - at the back, it may be seen "morro da polícia", or "antenna hill", because on its top there are radio, TV, telephone and other antennas; 

 2 - at the back, it can be seen Grêmio F. P.  soccer stadium. Grêmio has recently won the Brazilian soccer championship and the World Champion in 1983;

3 - at the back, Teresópolis and "Apamecor" hills;

 4 - "Largo dos Açorianos" (Azorean square) and its monument in honor of the city founders, who had come from Azores archipelago. In 1752, 60 couples established temporarily at "Gasômetro edge", waiting for better conditions to go to Província de São Pedro interior, which was acquired by Portugal due to the negotiations with Spain in the well-known "Madrid Treaty"; 

5 - DAER, Court, IPERGS and CAERGS buildings; at the back it may be seen Santa Tereza Hill, where the magnificent tower TELET telephone company outstands;

6 - in the foreground, the "Pôr-do-sol" (Sunset) amphitheater; at the back E. C. Internacional stadium, of which is said to have the “greatest cheerers group” in Rio Grande; 

 7 - Guaíba river (which, in reality, is a lake); at the back, the Penitentiary Island (rendered inactive in the 70’s) and Riocell chimneys (one of the biggest paper factories in the world).


JULY 10th, 2001 IMAGES:   


New, modern and spacious installations of Salgado Filho airport, that may be inaugurated on September 20th, 2001:   1


JULY 7th, 2001 IMAGES:   


Porteira Aberta CTG (“Gaúcho” Traditionalist Center) promoted today (07/07/2001) a fandango (traditionalist ball), with music by "Marca Gaúcha", a group from Rio Pardo-RS.

The “fandangos” are part of the “gaúcho” traditions, and are widespread throughout Brazil and even in foreign countries. Some studious state it is the greatest cultural movement in the world. There are hundreds of CTGs and “churrascarias gaúchas” (steakhouses), spread all over Rio Grande do Sul State, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Rondônia, Paraíba, São Paulo and others, as well as in distant countries like the United States, Italy and Japan (see homepage of the Gaúcho Traditionalist Movement, MTG).

Among the most typical gaúchas manifestations (“gaúchos” are the people born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, or the people who adopted the land culture) we can list the typical costumes (peons’ pilcha and prendas dresses), fandangos in CTGs, the habit of drinking chimarrão and eating churrasco (barbecue), the promotion of gauchesca music and dancing, and the use of a specific dialect (full of expressions as "bah", "tchê" and others).

The “gaúcha” culture was assimilated by different immigrant groups (Portuguese, African, German, Italian, Polish and others), which have arrived in this State, from 1737 on. They have been searching for new areas for the agriculture and, while they moved, they spread this affection for the land and its traditions as seeds taken by the wind, becoming authentic and proud gaúchos.

The fandango at Porteira Aberta CTG was attended by several gauchismo followers from Bom Princípio, contiguous municipalities, as well as from more distant cities like Porto Alegre. There were also present the Queen and Princesses of the 9th National Strawberry Festival, which will take place next September at the Exhibition Park of the city.

Bom Princípio CTG building has a modern and impressive roof architecture, with a huge free space, without supporting beams.

Fandango images:     1,   2,   3,   45,   6,   7,   8,   9,   10,   11,  12131415

 =>   Other information on Bom Princípio-RS:  see on NUTEP/UFRGS site


JULY 6th, 2001 IMAGES:   


City lights, in a full moon evening:    1,   2,   3,   45,   6,   7


JULY  7th,  2001, IMAGES:   


Sunny Sunday at Redenção Park:   1,   2,   3,   45,   6,   7,   8,   9,   10,   11,  

121314151617181920,   21,   22,   23,   24

Fire smoke from a building downtown in the late afternoon:   1,   2




Translated by Traduzca