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March 3, 2019

Other Churches in Prague!

Ok so back east and Europe to a very nice city of Prague. I have been 3 times over the last 8 years and it has been memorable. You know all the famous spots and I have written on some in previous blog posts. However, I like to tell you a bit more on the Other Churches of Prague! These are a bunch as well but I pick two I like.

The Saint James Basilica is located in the old town. This massive three-aisled basilica with a long, high chancel is the third longest church building in Prague. The Church of St James was founded in 1232,it was rebuilt in a Baroque style after the destruction in 1689 by a fire in the pre-Gothic building in the 18C. It is a convent Church of the Monastery of Conventual Minor Friars.

The St James Basilica was built in the 13C for the Franciscans presbytery. It was built in the Gothic architecture style. The foundation of this church is related to the acquisition of the relics of Ottokar I of Bohemia. The exact location of this original church and it appearance are not known. The church was destroyed in a fire in 1689. The fire is believed to have been started by people working for king Louis XIV of France. When it was rebuilt, it was rebuilt in the Baroque architecture style. The rebuilding included the addition of over 20 altars.


The Basilica St James the final resting place for Count Vratislav of Mitrovice, Bohemian Chancellor of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph I, who died in Vienna in 1712, but whose remains were transferred to Prague in 1714 after the completion of the magnificent baroque tomb. There is also a mummified forearm to the right of the tomb entrance, dating back over 400 years. The arm is the arm of a jewel thief who tried to steal from the high altar, which has a statue of the Virgin Mary. It is believed that when the thief tried to steal the jewels, Mary grabbed his arm and would not let go, therefore his arm was cut off by monks

The original organ dates from 1702. Over the centuries the organ underwent changes. In 1754 the first reconstruction took place, again this took place in 1906. Another intervention took place in 1941. The organ then was adapted for modern composition. The last major reconstruction was carried between1981-82.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Basilica site in Czech language

Tourist office of Prague on St James’ Basilica in English

Czech Republic tourist office on St James Basilica in English

And one small but of sentimental value see at end. The St Joseph Church was built at the behest of Carmelite sisters and completed in 1692, surprisingly not much is known about this mysterious little church situated a stone’s throw from the Charles Bridge in charming Mala Strana, or Lesser Town. The nave of the church is a rounded, slightly oval in shape, rotunda with a dome supported by 12 pillars surmounted by beautiful capitals, which can come as a surprise given the squared exterior shape of the church, and the side altars are set into shallow recesses around the sides of the rotunda. The interior boasts a main altar, an altar of St. Theresa of Avila, and an altar of St. Thecla, the first female martyr of the Christian church, all dating from around 1695- 1699, the same time period as the facade statues. The striking picture of St. Theresa, as well the picture of the Holy Family above the main altar is very nice. Other notable side altars include the later altars of St. Anne and of the Bohemian St. John of Nepomuk, which are from 1735. The gilded pulpit is from the end of the 18C. This intimate church is home to the Francophone Roman Catholics in Prague, as well as the Carmelite sisters who first built the church. Mass is normally celebrated at 11h on Sundays in French.

Official site of St Joseph Church in Czech

Tourist office of Prague on St Joseph Church in English


There you go two off the beaten path monuments of nice Prague not to miss indeed. There is much to see but these are included in my tops things to see there. Hope you enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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March 3, 2019

The parks of Curitiba, Brazil!!

And I bring you south to South America that is and the biggest country there, wonderful Brazil! I have been visiting the country since 1992 and as latest as last year; even had the opportunity to lived there on a job assignment back in 2008. I lived in Curitiba and it was superb!

As done several posts , did not elaborate on its wonderful parks and I will that right now. Hope you enjoy nature of its best in Curitiba, Paranà, Brazil!

Tanguá Park is one of the main parks in the city of Curitiba, capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná. It is located in the northern region of the city, in the barrios Pilarzinho and Taboão. It was founded on November 23, 1996 by the then-Mayor Rafael Greca de Macedo, and built where there were two quarries, deactivated since then.


It occupies an area of 235,000 m², and serves a function of preservation of the northern basin of the river Barigüi, quite close to nascent, in the municipality of Almirante Tamandaré. It has two lakes and an artificial tunnel, which can be traversed by boat by the visitors. It is equipped with anchorage, bike trails, track and field courses, cafeteria and two parking lots for cars; one in the lower area and the other in the upper area.

In the upper area is the garden Poty Lazzarotto, inaugurated on June 6, 1998 by the then Mayor Cassio Taniguchi. Its name is in homage to the local artist Poty Lazzarotto. Annex, there is a lookout from 65 meters from the lower area lake with breathtaking views! I have to say it was my favorite park!

Curitiba Parana official site on Parque Tangua

Gov site on Curitiba Parana and parque Tangua

Gov site on Curitiba Parana map of parque Tangua

A nice video from youtube to give you an idea, the videos are not mine.


The Barigui Park is located in the city of Curitiba as well. The park is named after the Barigui River, which was repressed to form a large lake in its interior. It is among the largest in the city, being also one of the oldest. Several species of animals live free in the park, such as birds, capybaras and small rodents. A flock of sheep can also be seen daily in the low fields, under the care of staff. The most visited park and one of the oldest in the city was created in 1972 with the intention of containing the floods and preserving the native forest of the Barigui River basin in the region.


At the time of the founding of the village of Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais, (current Curitiba) the area where the park is located was a sesmaria or old donations of land. Ancient documents cite this locality with the denomination of Mariqui and the current name is a reference to the river itself that crosses the park and that means “River of the thorny fruit ” in the indigenous language, alluding to the fruit of the pine.

The total area is of 1.4 million square meters with the lake taking 230K square meters. There is a helicopter landing strip, public bathrooms and plenty of parking for cars.   Wide lanes, round the lake and other parts, for hiking and jogging. Outdoor equipment for gymnastics and stretching. Kiosks with barbecues.   Bike trails and aeromodelling. Multi-Sport fields. Exclusive track for bicycles and skates, around the lake. Hiking trails inside the park woods. Bars and restaurants. A Gym. Curitiba Automobile Museum (wonderful).   Exhibition center of Curitiba (Barigüi Park), pavilion with 10000 square meters of area and high platforms of 6 meters, destined to exhibitions and conventions. Hall of Acts of the city/town hall. And headquarters of the Municipal secretariat of the Environment.

Official Curitiba Parana gov site on Parque Barigui

Again a nice video from youtube will show you more:


The German forest or Bosque Alemao, formerly the Schaffer family with 38000 m² of area, was inaugurated in 1996 in the city of Curitiba. It is located in the neighborhood Vista Alegre (Jardim Schaffer) and is formed by dense native forest. It was created to honor the culture and traditions that German immigrants brought to Curitiba from 1833 [ The Neighborhood Vista Alegre (Jardim Schaffer), houses the entire area of the grove that is located between the streets Franz Schubert, Niccolò Paganinie and Francisco Schaffer.


Oratorio Bach, a music hall. It is one of the main attractions of the German Forest and is installed in the replica of an old church. The salon was inaugurated on April 13, 1996.

Some of the things to see here are, the Tower of the Philosophers, with a gazebo from where one sees much of the preserved area. The João and Maria Trail, where children have the opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful children’s tales. The Enchanted House, with a children’s library, and where is made the time of the tale for kids, with witches and fairies. The Germanic Culture Square, where the cultural richness of German immigrants is showcase. The Forest of native Atlantic trees is preserved with clear water springs.

The portal and reproduction of the façade of Casa Mila, Germanic construction of the early 20C, originally located in the center of the city. The Gradil in the central upper opening of the portal is original from the old building.

Official Curitiba Parana gove site on the Bosque Alemao

Again a nice Youtube video on the Bosque Alemao, nice

There you go , very nice parks good for the whole family and where the whole city of Curitiba meets. I always met my coworkers there on weekends for further chats and got to know their families in a friendly typical Brazilian way. The parks were it on weekends, just great memories and I hope you enjoyed the tour and go visit them.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

March 3, 2019

Ecological park and a Divine Chapel, Mexico DF!


Doing my tour of the world and having visited Mexico on many occassions over the years , driving and walking the city and country! I have seen a lot of interestings places but it seems the small quant picturesques places are the ones that reminds me of how much there is to see and enjoy in our world.

This is the case of a small Chapel in the Ecological park of Peña Pobre, this is the Chapel of the Divine Providence! and I like to tell you a bit more about it. Enjoy it

The Capilla de la Divina Providencia  was built in the 19C and early 20C in what was the old paper factory of Peña Pobre. The factory had its chapel dedicated to the Divine Providence (Capilla de la Divina Providencia) , although it is also known as St. Peter the Apostle (San Pedro el Apostol).



It is now in the middle of the ecological park of Loreto and Peña Pobre located at the corner of Insurgentes Sur and San Fernando, near the center of Tlalpan and the archeological site of Cuicuilco, a place with a very old history where there was a civilization prior to Tenochtitlan and was buried under the lava of the Xitle volcano.

At the beginning of the 20C the Lenz family, of German origin, was established in the place, who inaugurated the first paper producer in the Valley of Mexico, the factory of Loreto and Peña Pobre. The factory remained operating from 1928 to 1987, when it was closed as a result of the protests of environmental groups, which denounced the heavy pollution that the factory produce. Currently, in addition to the Peña Pobre Ecological Park, Plaza Cuicuilco Mall (Plaza Inbursa) is also a vestige of what was the factory, as some of the original parts of it are preserved


This park belonged to the paper factory Loreto and Peña Pobre, hence its name, and now have taken advantage of the terrain, not only as a green area, but also as a place to develop the creativity of children and make them aware of the importance of environmental care. For this there are workshops with different activities, located where the workers of the factory had their homes before.

The Chapel and park are at Avenida San Fernando 765, corner with Insurgentes Sur, open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 8h to 18h. You can get there on the metrobus station Villa Olimpica, free admission. I came by car of course!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are not many

YELP reviews on the Plaza Cuicuilco

Official mall Plaza Inbursa

This is a youtube video in Spanish with a bit on the history of the park!


Hope you enjoy this off the beaten path site of Mexico city and a lovely place to eat as there I ate in the restaurants of the Mall! At Sanborns!!! The routine lol! Enjoy Peña Pobre and the Chapel of the Divine Providence or San Pedro el Apostol ….


at Sanborns with local friends of many years

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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