A personal selection from more than 150 thousand digital photographs, made at various locations in Brazil.
My top 3 of February 2006.
February 2006. The month of Carnival, but I didn’t travel during Carnival that year. I haven’t taken many photographs during that month, as I had restricted myself to the city of Belo Horizonte.
1. Pudim de leite
Brazilians have a sweet tooth. In addition to dozens of starter and main course dishes, buffets of a better quality also include a variety of sweet desserts: various chocolate cakes (sometimes six inches high!); delicious maracujá mousse decorated with crispy maracujá seeds; eye-catching pudim de leite, which is also known as flan. It is a kind of caramel pudding made of sugar, milk, condensed milk and eggs. This flan was made by an aged servant, who has been living with the family of a good friend for a very long time. Thanks to her skillful hands and years of knowledge, this pudding tasted better than most flans I already had tasted before!
The mountainous area around the city of Belo Horizonte offers plenty of stunning views of the huge city, which extends until the base of the mountain peaks. De average altitude of Belo Horizonte is about nine hundred meters above sea level, with some significant differences within the city limits. For some very steep hills, you need to have strong legs to reach the top of those hills. One of the best views is offered in the urban park of Mangabeiras . This park is located in the south, at the base of Serra de Corral, at an altitude of more than one thousand meters. Viewpoints in the park offer you much opportunity to witness breathtaking, colorful sunsets. Or to observe captivating colors when dark clouds gather for yet another water ballet in the city , while you still are allowed to enjoy abundant sunshine – at least for a while. This photo had appeared briefly as an illustration in Wikipedia, with the subject “Belo Horizonte”. When I had written a blog about the appearance of my picture in Wikipedia without any communication beforehand, the picture disappeared quite quickly. For me, it was the reason to add my name on all pictures that I publish online. Some years ago, a Brazilian advertising company requested my permission to use this picture for their commercial activities, but they never reacted upon my reply…
3. Que BELO Horizonte!
“What a beautiful horizon !”. This statement has become legendary , after the late Pope John Paul II made this statement during an open-air mass – with more than half a million believers – , which he held on 1 July 1980 on this square. At that time, the square was named after a governor of the state of Minas Gerais, Israel Pinheiro. Shortly after the mass, the square had been renamed after the Pope, while a street near the Praça do Papa (‘Pope Square’) had been named after the governor. The large square is an extension of Avenida Afonso Pena, which reaches until downtown, and right behind Praça de Bandeira, where a flag ceremony takes place every Monday. Urban park Mangabeiras is located behind Praça do Papa. On this square, a monument reminds of the open-air mass: Na angled iron bar and a large cross next to it. For the square, the city of Belo Horizonte is clearly seen; no wonder that the Pope had made his legendary statement, when his eyes caught this breathtaking view.
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