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Florianópolis in old postcards

Decade of 1920 - There are no bridges communicating Florianópolis to the continent
Decade of 1920 – There are no bridges communicating Florianópolis to the continent
Bridge Hercílio Luz, one of the biggest suspension bridge in the world, under construction, probably 1925
Bridge Hercílio Luz, one of the biggest suspension bridge in the world, under construction, probably 1925

Before the Argentinian tourists, before the surf, before becoming one of the coolest Brazilian destinations, Florianópolis, the capital of the Southern state of Santa Catarina, was just an island a boat trip away from the continent.

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Delicate bilro lace

 

In the early eighties, when the beautiful dunes of Canoa Quebrada, in the Northeastern state of Ceará, where still ignored by the masses and the media, you would see the local ladies spread beautiful lace on the sand, to be bleached by the sun. They would then travel to Fortaleza, the capital, to be sold for nickels to marveled tourists. This type of lace, known as renda de bilro or birro, is typical of several Brazilian states, mainly in the Northeast, but also in the South,  in Santa Catarina, Rio and Minas Gerais, where elder ladies are trying to keep the tradition.

Its delicate technique was probably brought to the country by the Portuguese immigrants of the Azores islands, but similar lace is produced in several other European countries. Till these days you can buy something very similar lace in the shops of Bruges, the old medieval town of Belgium. Continue reading Delicate bilro lace

10 best nudist beaches in Brazil

Grumari beach
Abricó beach, in Rio. Photo from Wikipedia

Despite its very wide coast, Brazil has few beaches destined to the practice of naturism. In most beaches, you are expected to keep your bathing suit on (and this includes the ladies’  tops). Topless girls are welcome in some places, but that is not universally practiced, accepted or allowed. Technically, it is still illegal to be naked in public in Brazil, but there is a bill waiting for approval in the Senate that might change that.

So, if you like to sunbathe in your birthday suit, you might have to look for the few isolated spots that offer privacy and total freedom for the practice of naturism. Most of them are regulated by local legislation.

Here is the list of official naturist beaches, organized from Northern to Southern states, in case you intend to vacation “au naturel”:

1 – Tambaba – in the city of Conde, state of Paraíba.With white sands and natural pools, it hosted, in 2008, the International Naturist Conference. Continue reading 10 best nudist beaches in Brazil