28th, to September 2nd, 2001 images:
images and information on Expointer:
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 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
=> 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:
Legality Movement Scenario:
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.
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.
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.
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 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
August 19th, 2001 IMAGES:
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:
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.
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.
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).