PICTURES FROM 22/10/2002:
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.
PICTURES FROM 20/10/2002:
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.
The blossoming of a "Três Marias", next to
Time of flowers and flags at Parque da Redenção (Redemption
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.
PICTURES FROM 06/10/2002:
- Spring flowers:
- Housing development "Vila das Placas",
which used to be a shantytown along Ipiranga Avenue:
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:
b) reception at Luis R. Klering's house:
Translated by Traduzca