Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza is another large modern Brazilian city of some 3.5 million people.  It is the capital of the state of Ceara.  It has beautiful sandy beaches, among the world’s most spectacular, and international hotels which draw tourists from all over … Continue reading

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Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Known as Salvador, this city of some 3 Million people is one of the oldest in Brazil and was at one time the capital city.  It is the third largest city in Brazil after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  … Continue reading

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Armacao dos Buzios

Known as Buzios, this is a resort town situated on a peninsula some 169 km northeast of Rio de Janeiro.  The name means cradle of the ‘buzios”, a conch species with a shell shaped like a pair of lips.  It … Continue reading

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Rio de Janeiro, January 10-12, 2013

We sailed into Guanabara Bay before dawn when Sugarloaf Mountain was barely visible and the statue of Christ the Redeemer was merely a light shining in the mist. Sunday was the first of the three official days of Carnival in … Continue reading

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Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela means “beautiful island”. It is the current name of this large island off the coast of Brazil formerly called Ilha do Sao Sebastiao following the tradition of naming a place after the saint on whose day it was discovered.  … Continue reading

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Vitoria and Vila Vehla, Brazil

We picked up the pilot at 7:00 am and had a lovely long sail in along the Bay of Vitoria, under the Mendonca Bridge (photo) and then along the canal to our dock in Vitoria.  Vitoria is an island city … Continue reading

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Maceio, Brazil

Maceio is the capital of Alagoas State.  It has a population of approximately one million people and is therefore considerably smaller than Recife.  Our guide said it was “in development” and we could see evidence of industrial development and a … Continue reading

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