Monday, December 29, 2008

6 cards from Brazil

Among the several i've received today, 7 of them were from Brazil and 6 sent by Luana! We arranged a swap in October, she sent me her cards but they got lost. She kindly resent them and she even sent an extra card and a flyer about some forts in her region.
I already have a few cards of Christ the Redeemer but this one is really beautiful. Don't you agree?!

A trip to the top is a must for any traveler to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling by electrified train thru the worlds largest urban forest is an adventure itself and once to the base escalators have replaced the 220 something steps once required to access the viewing area. At the base is a chapel accommodating over 100 people and a small souvenir shop. But it’s the viewing area which attracts the masses.

It is the tallest of its kind in the world. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.
Having been funded completely by donations and owned by the Catholic Church, what was considered to be the greatest monument of its time is now erect, inviting, embracing, protecting its people.

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Barra da Tijuca, a quarter in Rio de Janeiro.

Santa Cruz fortress was the 1st fortress built on Guanabara Bay. It dates from 1555 and the current constraction dates from 1870. It consists of 41 casemates distrbuted along 2 floors where secular cannons can be seen. It also can be seen the St. Barbara Chapel, a marble sun dial built in 1820, colonial prisons, firing squad execution place and a former magazine.

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