Holidays in Brazil – Travel Destinations by Activity!

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When you plan to travel/spend your holiday in Brazil, your preferable travel destination(s) might depend very much on your favourite activities.

a) Just beach holiday
Even if there are many beautiful beaches in different places of the world, which is why this should not necessarily be the main reason to visit this country, following a short description of the three main beach types to be found along Brazil’s 8.000 km coast line:

Endless flat coconut palm beaches with and without dunes, partly with offshore reefs and coloured sandy cliffs, so – called falesias, in the northeast.
Charming deserted and semideserted beaches with little bays enclosed by rainforest covered mountains of the Serra do Mar mountain chain, in the southeast (my personal favourite).
Rio Grande do Sul in South Brazil seems to have one endless flat rectilinear beach from north to south, with dunes but without coconut palm trees and reefs. It reminds a little the Netherlands / European Atlantic coast beaches.

Of outstanding beauty are the Lençois Maranhenses National Park in Maranhao, the coastal part of the Southeast Reserves (Sao Paulo / Parana) and Discovery Coast World Heritage Sites (South Bahia) such as the bird paradise Lagoa dos Patos National Park (Rio Grande do Sul).

b) Outdoor activities
For outdoor activities, particularly walking / hiking / trekking / climbing, mountain biking and kayaking, definitely the Atlantic Rainforest should be your choice. It offers countless historical trails, beautiful deserted and semi-deserted beaches, mangrove and restinga vegetation, rainforest covered mountains of up to 3.000 height meters (Mar /Mantiqueira range), charming rivers, waterfalls and pools, traditional communities and some colonial towns. Additionally, it is easy to access via the Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro international airport.

c) Speleology
There are many cave areas in Brazil but in combination with rainforest, the Speleological Province Upper Ribeira / Paranapiacaba (Sao Paulo State), with its fantastic karst landscape and hundreds of limestone caves, is unique. Recommendation: Intervales and PETAR State Park.

d) Diving
Brazil has no Great Barrier Reef and is not a famous diving spot. However, the Fernando de Noronha island in Pernambuco and the dozens of shipwrecks around Ilhabela (Sao Paulo), might be worth a visit.

e) Wildlife Viewing
When you can stand the heat and the mosquitoes, the Pantanal is the place to be in order to watch, photograph and film animals in their natural habitat. Especially the dry season (winter) is highly recommend, because the flooded areas shrink and the animals have to come out of their shelter in order to access the water. For that purpose, don´t go to the Amazon, you probably will be disappointed. A biologist, who participated in a 7 day rainforest expedition to Pico da Neblina, once told me that he did not see one animal during the whole hike.

For birdwatching, visit the Intervales State park, where you easily can observe a different bird species about every 15 minutes.
The archipelago of Abrolhos is great place for whale watching during season.
When you are in Sao Paulo, Cantareira State Park is an excellent option to see free living monkeys, especially howler monkeys (Alouatta guariba).

f) Culture and History
Brazil, for sure is a great nature / eco destination but I think it is fair to say that if you come from a culturally rich continent, such as Europe, Brazil, with its young history, in terms of cultural attractions, cannot quite compare. However, the baroque colonial buildings and churches that date back to Brazil´s gold cycle, might be worth a visit. An interesting alternative to combine culture and history with exceptional natural beauty is a visit to the Discovery Coast World Heritage Site in South Bahia or to follow the former gold route (Estrada Real) from the mining areas in Ouro Preto / Diamantinha (Minas Gerais) to the port in Paraty. The Lagamar Complex (Sao Paulo / Parana) offers prehistoric sambaquis, traditional fishing communities (caicaras) and further inland, descendants of African slaves, so – called quilombolas.

g) Others
Apart from Trindade / Martim Vaz, with difficult and limited access, Fernando de Noronha is Brazil’s most beautiful island. If mass tourism isn’t a problem for you and size matters, there is nothing that compares to the waterfalls of Foz de Iguaçu (1 day is enough). Hang and paragliding is possible at the National Monument Pontoes Capixabas in Espirito Santo where you can also find Brazil’s most spectacular rock formations. To decide between the carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the carnival in Cologne might be a hard choice but New Year’s Eve at Copacabana is unsurpassable. If you are in Sao Paulo and don’t pretend to visit Argentine, don´t forget to include a diner at a typical churrasco / rodizio restaurant.

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Bali is Still World’s Best Island to Visit

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Bali is a magical island. The island can spoil all the holidaymakers in its own right. All the places are worth a visit, from the historical sites, revered and religious sites, entertainment centers, shopping arcades, inhabited animals’ sanctuaries, sunsets, beaches, marine world, to the children parks. Bali Island is also is away from all the bustles of metropolitan cities. For many travelers, Bali is said awesome as it can fulfill any reason anyone goes away for. Bali is a part of the Indonesian archipelago; one of 18,700 islands located 8°C south of the equator, which is mainly populated by Balinese Hindu.

As an award-wining island, Bali shows colorful traditions and cultures that won’t be found elsewhere. The world recognizes Bali for its unique religion, culture, and the people that make the island still a retreat of harmony and peace. The island is heaven for clubbers, surfers, shoppers, backpackers, jet set communities, as well as adventurers. If you want to see the mystical temples, rustic villages, revered volcanoes, or the most phenomenal beaches, then come and enjoy Bali. The party goers will be also pleased when going to Bali. Every night is a party time where everyone dresses up wearing their best outfits to match the dress codes.

There are countless options of accommodation apart from hotels. High end private villas are now mushrooming around the island. The rise of these properties is inseparable with the rise of travelers looking for something private and secluded, places with the resort-like feel, with the privacy of private home but with facilities like five star hotels. These private villas can be found almost in all areas in Bali, Ubud, Seminyak, Jimbaran, and more… The beachside villas commonly found in Canggu, Uluwatu, or Nusa Dua. All of these will give the holidaymakers an array of choices, whatever level of luxury, budget, and service they would require.

Bali’s nightlife remains a magnet for both domestic and international party goers. The countless clubs, restaurants, cafes, and pubs are found all along Legian’s main street. DJ circuits are parts of colorful Bali’s nightlife, along with beachside bars. Kuta and Seminyak are also the favorite of the travelers looking for ultimate entertainment, leisure, and amusement. The foods, the music, the view, and the people will be always pleasant. In Bali you can be sure that everything is going to be perfect and worth a price. For many people, there is no price is too high when it comes to entertainment in the island of paradise.

Water sports include surfing, diving, and snorkeling are also worth trying in Bali. Sanur and Tanjung Benoa are spots to start your exciting marine journey. For surfers and divers, Bali is a slice of heaven. Most of all, surfing beaches are everywhere, from Canggu, Lalang Linggih, Medewi, Uluwatu, Paclang-paclang, to Nusa Lembongan. Tulamben and Manggis are two awesome spots for diving. Get ready, wear your sunscreen and sun-block, explore the tracks you have not been before. But don’t roam just alone; explore Bali with the expert who knows well the local situation so that you can also peek another unique sites in the island.

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A New Lease On Life: Five Flops That Became Cult Films

There are hundreds of movies made every year, and while each one feels it has a fighting chance to be one of the best, a select few fall flat on their face & become cult films. At one time, having the cult film moniker attached a film meant that is was just a bogus movie being hyped up in arthouse theaters. Now, it’s not such a bad thing as some of the most popular movies of all-time are technically box office flops that have developed cult-like followings.

Here are five movies that were once failures in theaters, but over time, they’ve become beloved by audiences around the world:

The Boondocks Saints — This movie had a hard time finding an audience due to its excessive violence & being released around the same time as the Columbine school shooting. It wasn’t until it hit the home movie market that it garnered a massive following.

Office Space — Now revered for its take on the modern office setting, this movie from Mike Judge originally didn’t so well over its theatrical run. Nonetheless, as with any Mike Judge project, it slowly became part of the cultural collective as time went on, with certain catchphrases, one-liners, and entire scenes regarded as pure genius. As you’d expect, the release of this movie on home video was instrumental in establishing it as a cult classic.

Heathers — Again, a movie that included a level of violence that could make audiences uncomfortable, especially in a school setting, this film also seemed to have a hard time gaining traction in theaters even with some strong, young actors in the cast. The home movie market was its saving grace.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show — Almost no one watched this movie when released, which led to it being pulled from just about every theater & left to rot in random midnight showings. Throw in some serious audience interaction & a party atmosphere, and this movie is probably the best known cult classic ever with screenings still selling out over four decades later.

Citizen Kane — You’d think that a movie with a somewhat unfamiliar cast would have trouble being a hit; it just makes sense. This movie, however, was actually done in by the fact that the titular character was loosely based on William Randolph Hurst, the biggest newspaper magnate around. He didn’t care for the portrayal, so he essentially killed any promotional opportunities the film had in print. No worries though. Citizen Kane went has gone on to be considered the greatest movie ever made, so there’s always that.

Cult films have a life all their own, and in some ways, they can serve as a model for dealing with the initial sting of failure. No one likes to fall flat on their face, yet it’s a part of life. It’s what you do after tasting dirt that makes or breaks you. If you look at the list of directors, writers, and actors attached to the most famous cult movies, you’ll realize that many of them have gone on to have great careers. It’s all in how you bounce back.

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Kickstarter Campaign Launched To Fund Unique Fused Glass Light Sculptures

Portland, OR – Lori Lazar, designer, digital photographer and cancer survivor, has officially launched a Kickstarter campaign for ‘Celebrating Rain and Light, Fused Glass Light Sculptures’. The Kickstarter campaign aims to garner widespread support and financial backing to fund the design and production of the sculptures.

‘Celebrating Rain and Light, Fused Glass Light Sculptures’ is a unique Kickstarter crowdfunding project to help finance the design and creation of 10 water & light sculptures, each 3′x8′ that Celebrate Rain & Light. Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593 °C (1,099 °F) to 816 °C (1,501 °F). Fused glass techniques are generally used to create Art glass, glass tiles, and jewelry, notably beads or larger, functional pieces like dishes, bowls, plates, and ashtrays. Lazar seeks to use this process to create much larger and dynamic works of art than typically found in the fused glass industry, known as large scale fused glass.

Originally a student of architecture, Lazar had the opportunity to travel to 47 US states and 18 countries, which served as the inspiration behind many of her paintings, as well as her glass and acrylic light sculptures. “I originally became interested in glasswork over decade ago and renewed my interest this year when I got into designing a gutter and cistern system for fused glass and light sculptures,” Said Lazar.

Lazar started off her art career doing large 6′ paintings and finds a greater challenge in smaller works of art than large. “I also have a great studio that I love the lighting in at night which again inspires me to do light sculptures and make my dream of large scale sculpture a reality,” says Lazar.

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. ‘Backers’ who support a project on Kickstarter get an inside look at the creative process, and help that project come to life. All ‘Backers’ of the Kickstarter campaign who pledge $25 or more will receive a digital print series inspired by design work or photos of final fused glass and light sculpture.

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