A personal selection from more than 150 thousand digital photographs, made at various locations in Brazil.
My top 5 of June 2006.
June 2006. A quiet, tropical winter month, with cold nights and chilly days. June 2006 was also the month of the FIFA World Cup in Germany. High expectations for both Brazilian and Dutch teams, but these teams weren’t very successful. For me, June 2006 was a month without travel; therefore, all photos were taken in Belo Horizonte.
1. Winter blossom
An usual feature in wintry Netherlands, a normal thing in winter Belo Horizonte: flowering trees. Throughout the year, you enjoy the blossom splendor of a rich variety of trees in the capital of Minas Gerais. The city of Belo Horizonte boasts to have more than two million trees within the city limits. A new initiative of the city may add at least thirty thousand trees every year. The number equals the number of births in Belo Horizonte. A new tree will be planted for each new life. The picture was taken from Praça da Liberdade, which is surrounded by several former state buildings and a castle. The castle hosted the state government, which is now located outside the center, in a complex designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. The former state buildings have been turned into museums with interesting collections of the Minas Gerais heritage and earth’s riches.
2. Church in the night
Since my arrival in Belo Horizonte, I have made many pictures of this famous Pampulha Church, Igreja de São Francisco de Assis in Portuguese. The church with obvious curve lines, was a revolutionary design of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who has designed more projects of the so-called architectonic complex among Lake Pampulha. At day, the church is an obvious landmark: the sky-blue curvy roof, and painted wall tiles at the back. The front is directed towards the lake. Another obvious feature is the tower, which stands isolated from the church, and is only linked to the church building by a concrete support. The cross is anchored in the soil. The silhouette of the tourist in the picture may give you an idea of the size of the small, blue church.
3. Flag seller
June 2006, the month of the soccer World Cup in Germany. Also Belo Horizonte suffered from soccer fever in the first weeks of this month. Retailers were doing good business with the sales of everything that was yellow, green, and blue: the colors of the Brazilian flag and the Brazilian soccer team. Especially the shirts of Ronaldinho, Robinho and Kaká were very popular. They were available in the sports stores, as well in barracks in the streets. The barracks offer cheaper shirts from the parallel market. Brazilians adore to walk around in soccer shirts: with the names of the soccer heroes of the national team or of their favorite local team. You don’t need to watch an important match in order to find out who had become the winner: the following day, the streets are dominated by the shirts of the winning team. Flags are also popular. This girl tries to sell her merchandise at a busy intersection. Selling flags at the time of the World Cup will provide her some nice extra income.
4. Supporters women
Some words about the 2006 Soccer World Cup: both Brazil and the Netherlands didn’t meet the high expectations. Both teams managed to survive the group phase, Brazilian as well as Dutch supporters were still hoping for good results. However, the pessimists had their final word. The Dutch lost a real battle to the Portuguese, while Brazil was defeated by the French. I had watched two matches of the Brazilian team at a local shopping plaza. Two large plasma screens had been set up for dozens of local supporters. They drank a lot of beer, which came straight from the freezer. During the match, the supporters acted with a lot of emotion and passion. They cheered their Brazilian heroes, and booed for every action of the opponent. You might think that only men would act with much emotion and passion. Wrong! This picture is a proof that also women and girls support their heroes with passion too! .
It is almost impossible to avoid the feijoada in Brazil. This Brazilian bean stew is much different from the European bean stew. However…. when comparing the Dutch pea stew, both stews contain almost the same ingredients: bay leaf, sausage slices, pork shanks, pig ears, and bacon. It is a good tradition to have feijoada on Fridays, and even on Saturdays. During the week, Brazilians usually have a lighter version of their beans: the feijão. These beans, often lighter of color, are well cooked and served with rice, chicken and some salad. The feijoada in this picture was served in a traditional ceramic bowl and was one of the most delicious I have tasted. The stew was prepared by a housemaid. Despite her very advanced age, she still manages to use all her cooking skills and passion for a superb Brazilian bean stew.
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