August 28th, to September 2nd, 2001 images:


New images and information on Expointer:  see here

IMAGES OF 08/26/2001:    


At this time of the year, just before spring, nature begins to appear vividly; see the colors in the streets and squares of Porto Alegre, which has the largest density of trees and squares among the Brazilian capitals:

- images of garden flowers in the  Moinhos de Vento area:   1  2,   3,   4

- landscapes of Moinhos de Vento Park, popularly known as “Parcão” (“Big Park”), on a sunny Sunday:    1,   2,   3  4,   5,   6,   7 8,   9  10  11,  12,   13,   14  15  16  17,   18,   19,   20  21,   22  23

- landscapes of streets of Porto Alegre, colored pink when rosy-trunk trees bloom: 1  2  3,   4,   5  6  7,   8,   9  10,   11  12 13

IMAGES OF 08/25/2001:

 Every year, at the end of August, just before spring at the south of Brazil, nature blooms in vitality and colors, on the right days, ruled by the weather clock; see what a beautiful image: 1


Expointer 2001 began today at the Assis Brasil Exposition Park, in Esteio, near Porto Alegre. It is the largest agriculture and cattle fair in Latin America and the fifth largest in the world. More than 500,000 visitors are expected to watch this large farm festival at the south of Brazil. The fair is a showcase for the best in agribusiness: animals (5,307), agricultural implements and general agribusiness. The fair also allows for the exchange of technical and business information; organization of entities, contact of university students with the world of practical farming; artists reaching their audiences, and the public, especially children, getting in touch with the animal world. See some of the first images of this large, traditional event of the south of Brazil:   1,  2 3, 4 5 6,  7 8 9 10 11 12,  13 14 15 16 17 18,  19,  20,  21 22 23 24 25 26, 27 28,  29 30,  31 32 

Recent images of Esteio-RS

 =>   Further information about Esteio-RS:  see the site of  NUTEP/UFRGS

 =>   Further Information about Expointer-2001:  see the official site of the government of Rio Grande do Sul

August 22nd, 2001 IMAGES: 


1) Legality Movement Scenario:

Forty years ago (between 25 of August and 05 of September, 1961), an important historical fact took place within the country. It was called "Movimento da Legalidade" and it intended to assure (due to President Jânio Quadros resignation, occurred some days before, and the objection of the military ministries to the new President) the empowerment of the elected Vice-President João Goulart, as the new President of Brazil. The epic scenery of the conflict was Palácio Piratini where the governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Leonel de Moura Brizola, had bravely positioned himself in favor of the Constitution. João Goulart was on a trip to China, and the decision had to be taken before he returned to the country. During his absence, the Presidency was temporarily taken on by Ranieri Mazzilli, president of the Federal Council.

One of the most beautiful monuments in the country, Palácio Piratini, was supposed to be bombarded in case the resistance did not retrocede. It was built a fort from the terrace basement. At Matriz Square, thousands of porto-alegrenses gathered and took turns, stimulated by emotional feelings and trying to defend their ideals. 

During much time, the event has generated comments and tales; it was said there was a subterraneous tunnel connecting Palácio Piratini to Gasômetro, with the purpose of saving the governor and his family in case of necessity. This tale has never been confirmed. Others commented that there was a tunnel, which led to the neighbor ground, next to the Cathedral (another inestimable monument, that has the 2nd biggest dome in the world).

Together with the Civil House (or pink, the oldest building in Porto Alegre), the Military House, the Cathedral and the State School Paula Soares (an historical patrimony of RS), Palácio Piratini occupies a whole block in the city  "civic center", from where there can be seen a magnificent panorama to the south, and that was already praised by the French biologist Auguste de Saint- Hilaire, in July 1820, when he visited Porto Alegre.

Check the panorama where these facts took place and changed the country’s history:   1,  2 3 4 5,  6 7 8 9

2) Inauguration of the new historical and cultural space:  Santander Cultural

Yesterday (August 21st, 2001) it was inaugurated another monument in the city, which shall become an obligatory spot for visitors: the new "Memorial Santander". It is located by Alfândega Square, next to "RS Memorial", besides the Museum of Arts of RS. The majestic building in neoclassical style (and positivist inspiration) has been, since 1932, the headquarters for banks as Banco Nacional do Comércio, Sulbrasileiro, Meridional and, finally Santander. The architectonic design was made by Fernando Corona and Stephan Sobczak, with works of Theo Wiedersphan. The building is around 9,4 thousand square meters, and its fabulous and stately architecture together with a superb 870-piece stained glass window that makes up another 600m2 area.

In its basement, the old safe deposit will be transformed into a bar and restaurant; there you can see valuable art works, stamps and coins that enrich the cultural collection of the gaúcha capital, and enlarges the visiting options for thousands of tourists who arrive at the city.

 Some outside and inside images of the Memorial:   1 2 3 4 5,  6,  7 8 9,  10 11,  12

3) Brumes of Porto Alegre

Some old visitors of the city, as the French biologist Auguste de Saint- Hilaire, used to write that this province capital "raised as an amphitheater", when observed from Guaíba river. In fact the river, or (lake?) contours the city around Gasômetro. So, in some days, in the early morning it appears a fog that sometimes advances and sometimes recedes, until it is beaten and “pushed” into the Guaíba.  

See in the images how this beautiful battle was, in this winter morning, almost springtime:   1 2 3,  4,  5  

August 20th, 2001 IMAGES:   


The American Steve Fosset, who intended to travel around the world in a balloon, had his flight plan broken up on August 17th, 2001 when he and his silver balloon landed in Banhado Farm, in the interior of Aceguá. The people of the region were astonished, the local newspaper was dazed (see news) and the news broadcasted through many worldwide communication means. This region was already famous because it had sheltered famous people (for several reasons) as the judge Nicolau dos Santos Neto, better known as "Lela".  The decision of the American (who was almost considered an E.T.  by the simple people of the region because he was coming down from the sky in a silver artifact that could easily be confounded with an UFO or anything similar), may not have been mere coincidence or technical problems: facing the return of the balloon to the Atlantic Ocean region, the decision of landing in a region of magnificent green fields may have been considered as an attractive and tempting option.

Aceguá-RS is a newly emancipated municipality (since January 1st, 2001). Formerly it belonged to Bagé. It has a unique nature; its fields are splendidly green along valleys and mounts. There you can find horse breeding farms and other agriculture areas of an inimitable beauty.

See again the documentary produced in November 2000 by the Wcams site about the region that presently constitutes the municipality of Aceguá-RS.

See also the brief documentary about the city of Bagé-RS, one of the oldest and most traditional cities in the “gaucho” state and that has given shelter to Steve Fosset, until he was “rescued” by his support team.  

(Note: documentaries made by this site coordinator, about other municipalities in RS, can be found in the section"Nós estivemos lá..." (We have been there...), on Terragaúcha site).

August 19th, 2001 IMAGES: 


1)     Every year, in the end of August, the nature starts to change, announcing the arrival of spring. Plants and trees dress up in live and varied colors. See the images of some trees and plants of the city:   12,   3,   4,   5

2) Vila Conceição neighborhood, located on a Hill at Guaíba River margin, in the south region of Porto Alegre, between Tristeza and Pedra Redonda-Ipanema neighborhoods. Its original nucleus is made up of middle and high-class families, with an upper instruction level, when compared to the rest of the population. The houses are built in different styles, mainly Portuguese, and its streets are very calm, valuing the landscape and the nature.

On its highest part, the residences have a privileged view to Guaíba Lake, and it is possible to see on its opposite margin the municipality of Guaíba:   1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7

August 17th and 18th, 2001 IMAGES: 


1) Every half a year, there is a season of graduations in several schools and universities; the ceremony is always an important and emotive moment for the graduates, educators, friends and relatives. In each institution, different aspects and values are highlighted. While in the public universities, as UFRGS, this educational model importance is highlighted because it makes possible the universal access to the university, in private institutions, it is given weight to the families and companies support; and in an institution as Brigada Militar do RS, the values of hierarchy and discipline, as well as the presence and the support of families are the major points.  Next, there are some images of graduation ceremonies that took place in two of these institutions.

 - "Sword Ball", graduation of 107 new tenants of the Military Brigade, at Farrapos Club (attended by the state governor and the justice and security secretary):   1,   2,   3,   4

- Graduation of the Engineering School of  ULBRA, in Canoas-RS:   1,   2,   3

2) Porto Alegre has a rich and varied folklore, which has resulted from several ethnic groups that came to this southern part of the country, on the border of Uruguay and Argentina. Several restaurants offer ethnic dance and music shows to their customers. At "São José Grill" restaurant, better known as "Zequinha" (because it is located near to the soccer stadium of  "São José" club, in the north region), it is possible to appreciate beautiful “gaúchas” and Arabian dance performances. Among the “gaúchas” dances, the house also offers the beautiful "belly dance", from the Arabian tradition.  In Rio Grande do Sul, there are many descendants from Arabians, mainly from Lebanese, Palestine, Turkish and others. They usually work with trade, in main or border cities  (as Chuí, Aceguá, Santana do Livramento, Uruguaiana and others).

Dance images:   1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8,   9,   10,   11