PICTURES FROM 22/10/2002:

Porto Alegre-RS:

Jacarandas at Praça da Matriz:

Every year, the jacarandas at Praça da Matriz adorn the place with their typical blue; and when they blossom, they announce the proximity of the most popular event in town: the Feira do Livro (Book Fair), visited by over a million people, of many different ages and from many different towns.

See a selection of pictures of Praça da Matriz, in a very sunny afternoon:   1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8,   9

PICTURES FROM 20/10/2002:

Porto Alegre-RS:

The blossoming of jacarandas:

In October, jacarandas adorn the capital of Rio Grande do Sul with their blue colour. Around 30% of the trees in Porto Alegre are jacarandas. They've been planted along numerous streets in the city in the 50's and 60's. At many streets, they make up real "tunnels". At this time of the year, their leaves are blue; not long afterwards, they become green. 

See pictures of some places in the city, such as Praça da Matriz, Ramiro Barcelos Street and Anita Garibaldi Street:   1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8,   9

The blossoming of a "Três Marias", next to Parcão Viaduct:   1

Time of flowers and flags at Parque da Redenção (Redemption Park):

In spring, it seems the trees at Redemption Park are born again, blossoming with intensity, and making the park very colourful. But the crowds at the park remind us we are on the verge of a very important decision – Gaúchos will be going to the ballots next weekend to elect their new governor, between Tarso Genro (PT – Workers Party) and Germano Rigotto (PMDB – Brazilian Democratic Movement Party). Thus, the "Brique" becomes the stage of manifestations of political preferences. Party supporters carry their flags, banners and posters, wear their caps, give away their buttons and leaflets, walk their pet dogs – several times "democratically" dressed up according to the will of their owners. 

See these beautiful pictures:   1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8,   9,   10,   11,   12,   13,   14,   15,   16,   17,   18,   19,   20

PICTURES FROM 06/10/2002:

Porto Alegre-RS:

- Spring flowers:   1

- Housing development "Vila das Placas",  which used to be a shantytown along Ipiranga Avenue:   1

PICTURES FROM 12 and 13/10/2002:

São Vendelino and Porto Alegre-RS:

Germans from the town of Sankt Wendel (in the administrative region of Saarland) visit Rio Grande do Sul:

A group made up of 21 tourists from the region of Sankt Wendel came to visit the sister town of São Vendelino, which received many German migrants of that region in the 19th century. They spent a whole week in town, visiting companies, schools and families and getting to know the lifestyle of these German descendants who started a new life here, without finishing their bonds with Germany. And these bonds are being increasingly tightened.

On Saturday, 12/10/2002, the group had a farewell party at the city's kiosk. On Sunday, they visited São Leopoldo and Porto Alegre. On Monday, went on to check out Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls. See pictures of the group: 

a) farewell dinner at São Vendelino's kiosk:   1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8,   9,   10

b) reception at Luis R. Klering's house:   1

c) ride across Lake Guaíba, aboard "Barco Cisne Branco" (White Swan Boat):   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

d) farewell dinner at "Galpão Crioulo":   1,   2,   3,   4  


Translated by Traduzca