Thursday Doors: Antigua, Guatemala

On our Panama Canal cruise in March, we stopped at the port of Puerto Ixtapa, Guatemala and from there we took a bus to Antigua. In Spanish, antigua means “ancient” – this historic city was founded in the early 16th century and spent 200 years as the colonial capital of Guatemala. Surrounded by volcanoes and earthquake […]

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Thursday Doors: Historical buildings in downtown São Paulo

São Paulo’s main branch banks and other government buildings are large, ostentatious edifices. There are super-modern buildings with all-glass exteriors, but these in the old part of downtown are built in the style of the early 20th century. Most of them are located along XV de Novembro and adjacent streets. Particular notable are the arches, decorative facades, and […]

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Thursday Doors: Clube Curitibano

Clube Curitibano is a social club in Curitiba to which my friends and their family belong. It was founded in 1881 and was originally a club for people of German descent but expanded with time.  This building is the older – and smaller – of the club’s properties. However, I’m sure it is the most […]

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Thursday Doors: Café do Paço

In the historic center of Curitiba, there is a “teaching cafe” – that is, it is a cafe in which the servers and those who prepare the coffee are students at the Escola Senac who are learning the art of presentation and serving of a good coffee. The students also learn how to prepare appetizers […]

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Thursday Doors: Way up north

Native culture in Alaska is rich and varied, yet all the native peoples of Alaska have developed the hardiness and ingenuity required to live in a harsh climate. In previous posts, I have featured native Alaskan cultures as tourists typically encounter them. Since it is very cold outside here now, I can imagine more clearly […]

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Thursday Doors: Vila Mariana

We just got back from Brazil, where we spent three weeks (more to come on that). One of the weeks, we stayed in Vila Mariana, a neighborhood in the largest city in the Western Hemisphere, São Paulo. Here is my entry for this week’s Thursday Doors. It is common in many countries, including Brazil, to […]

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