Posts tagged ‘Americas’

March 23, 2020

Zoo Miami, FL USA!

And again going back to memories and early posts in my blog. Just when I started my blog back in Nov 2010 had many posts that now seems lost in the web of posts done afterward. These I will try to renew or even expand on them now.

This is the case of my old Metro Zoo ,and now call Zoo Miami. I even visited friends nearby and of course took my kids there. Then we left for France and done with it. However, if in the area is a must to visit. Let me tell you a bit more ok

The Miami MetroZoo, (as I knew it) now known as Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoo in Florida. It is located southwest of the city of Miami in the county of Miami-Dade. The zoo is home to nearly 1,200 animals and is the only subtropical zoo in the continental United States. It covers a plot of almost 300 hectares of which 120 hectares are equipped to accommodate the public.

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The origin of the zoo dates back to 1948 when three monkeys, a goat and two black bears were bought for 270 dollars from a small circus. These animals were the first of the Crandon Park Zoo on the island of Key Biscayne near Miami. In 1965, Hurricane Betsy ravaged the zoo, killing 250 animals. It was decided that the zoo would be transferred to land belonging to the Naval Air Base in Richmond in 1970, work began in 1975 and the zoo was opened on December 12, 1981.

In the 1980s, the zoo continued to expand. An additional 25 acres or 10 ha with six new African hoofed stock exhibits opened in 1982, along with the zoo’s monorail in 1984.  The Wings of Asia, a 1.6-acre (0.6 ha) free-flight aviary, was opened in December 1984. Three additional African hoofed stock exhibits followed in 1985, and two new exhibits were opened in the African savannah section in 1986. The Australian section of the zoo was opened in 1989, and PAWS, the children’s petting zoo, opened in 1989.The Asian Riverlife Experience opened in August 1990.

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In 1992, the zoo suffered extensive damage when Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida on August 24. The small, yet intensely powerful category 5 hurricane toppled over 5,000 trees and destroyed the Wings of Asia aviary which had been built to withstand winds of up to 120 miles per hour (193 km/h) resulting in the loss of approximately 100 of the 300 resident birds. Despite the majority of the zoo’s animals remaining outside during the duration and aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, only five animals were killed from either debris or the consumption of contaminated water.

The MetroZoo, though looking dramatically different, was reopened on December 18, 1992; with the zoo’s tiger temple exhibit being renamed in honor of Naomi Browning, an active 12-year-old volunteer who was one of the storm’s casualties. In 1996 the Falcon Batchelor Komodo Dragon Encounter opened that same year, followed by Andean Condor (1999), Meerkats (2000), Cuban Crocodiles and Squirrel Monkeys (2001), and Dr. Wilde’s World, which is an indoor facility for traveling zoological exhibits. The rebuilt Wings of Asia aviary, housing more than 300 individuals representing 70 species of birds, opened in the spring of 2003. And we left before seen its re opening.

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On July 4, 2010, the zoo was renamed the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, or Zoo Miami, for marketing and branding purposes The Everglades exhibit opened on December 10, 2016. The Zoo Miami is divided now into the following areas:   Florida: Mission Everglades , Asia, Africa , Amazon and beyond, and Australia.

It is a wonderful park and well worth the detour to see it while visiting Miami.   Zoo Miami is at 12400 SW 152nd street ,There is sporadic bus service but you need to walk. The best as there as always is the car. Going from the famous Miami Beach get on 5th Street and cross on the McArthur Causeway road bridge over the water this is the I395 highway that will link you to the SR 836 or Dolphin Expressway (which now is a toll road); until you hit the Ronald Reagan Turnpike (a toll road) take it southbound to the SW 152nd street (SR 992) exit 16 to the SW 124th St turning left and the zoo will than be on your right. Seems long but it’s the most straight route me think, should be easy to reach.

The official webpage of the Zoo MiamiOfficial Zoo Miami

The Miami and the Beaches tourist office on the Zoo MiamiTourist office of Miami on the Zoo

The county of Miami-Dade on the Zoo Miami: Miami Dade county on the Zoo Miami

And there you are all set for a wonderful visit to a pretty natural site of lointime Miami, Florida. Hope you have enjoy the brief introduction and do come and visit ok.

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

March 23, 2020

Proprietary House , Perth Amboy!

So as I am doing a tour of the world virtually in my blog, let me bring you back to a memorable moment in my life. I came from Madrid, Spain to Perth Amboy New Jersey USA way back too many years, and was my first contact with the American way of life: a shock! new customs, new language, new money, new laws the works. The best of it is that I was finally in a democratic country and free to learn new things, which I did. As usually back then no photos found so given credit to show the house.

Of course, I have written about Perth Amboy and New Jersey before, but left this out and I should not. This is part of history of the US often overlook for more recent ones; this is where all started for the country. Perth Amboy was colonial capital and the governor lived here at the Proprietary House. Let me tell you a bit more about it ok.

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credit: facebook photo of the proprietary house

The city was the capital of East Jersey while the 13 colonies were around, one of the governor base at Perth Amboy was William Franklin, the son of Benjamin Franklin, who was a royalist. The Proprietary House in Perth Amboy was where he lived as governor. He was instrumental in opening Queen College (later Rutgers University) . He was arrested in 1776-78  as he was against the American independence movement, and finally was exile to Great Britain in 1782, and died there in 1813  buried at St Pancreas old Church Cemetery. The Proprietary House erected n 1762 is the only provincial governors house still standing in the USA: located at 149 Kearny Avenue, Perth Amboy. Very near where I lived!!! Waterfront (NY) area. See it!

The official webpage is here: The Proprietary House at Perth Amboy

A bit of history I like

The Proprietary House in Perth Amboy, is the only proprietary governor’s mansion of the original Thirteen Colonies still standing. It’s construction began in 1762 and was completed in 1764. The Georgian style mansion was first occupied by Chief Justice Frederick Smyth by rent and approval of The Proprietors  from 1766 to 1773. In May 1773, the mansion was repaired and fitted to be the residence of the royal governor of New Jersey, and leased by the proprietors as such.

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credit: Proprietary-House mycentral nj

The home was occupied temporarily, 1774 to 1776, by the Royal Governor of New Jersey, William Franklin (the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin) . In January 1776, he was ordered to be held under house arrest on order of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey and under guard of the Committee of Safety. In June, after the onset of hostilities between Great Britain and the fledgling nation, he was ordered arrested and taken to Princeton for trial and then imprisoned in Litchfield, Connecticut until his release in a prisoner exchange in 1778. He eventually fled for Great Britain in 1782 and died there in 1813.

After the house was ravaged by a mysterious fire in the late 18C ;the new owner restored it. added a large wing and turned the property into The Brighton, a hotel of grand stature in its day. It briefly flourished as an elegant and popular hotel until the War of 1812 brought an end to tourism and the lifeblood of the hotel. The war a conflict between the USA and UK that many claims the precursor of the Napoleonic wars in Europe.

Mathias Bruen, who bought the property at a sheriff’s sale in 1817, became one of the wealthiest men in America while he lived here. His descendants made large contributions to America’s social and political history. In subsequent years, most of the original of its eleven acres were divided into building lots, and Kearny Avenue was cut through. The house experienced a series of owners. Over the years it deteriorated from a comfortable apartment house with a public restaurant to a dilapidated rooming house and suspected flophouse.The former Proprietary House was converted into a Presbyterian retirement home. It was adapted again as a hotel, but with modest accommodations. Now owned by the State of New Jersey, a portion of the building is operated as a museum by the Proprietary House Association. The upper floors of the original building and the 1809 wing are occupied by professional offices. The first floor and basement of the Proprietary House have been undergoing extensive repairs and restoration by the non-profit Proprietary House Association. The New Jersey Historic Trust and the Division of Parks and Forestry of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, along with private contributors, have greatly supported the effort to restore some of the former glory of the building. hroughout these phases, the house/museum was always open for tours, events, and exhibits.

Perth Amboy’s Proprietary House, the Royal Governor’s Mansion at 149 Kearny Ave has been voted as one of the top 8 NJ historic sites in a competition held by NJTV called #NJTVTourismTourney. Again, a must to see especially by all lovers of history and indeed American history.

A nice youtube video on the Proprietary House here

The webpage of the revolutionary war NJ on the Proprietary House: Revolutionary War New Jersey on the Proprietary House Perth Ambohy

And for general reference, the city of Perth Amboy webpage: City of Perth Amboy New Jersey

And there you go , yes my first city in America was lucky enouth to be in a historic city and learn a lot on the American way of life, which i continue even abroad. From our next door neighbor, have you heard? If you can do it in NY City, you can do it anywhere! true! Hope you enjoy the Proprietary House of Perth Amboy, in the Great State of New Jersey!

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

 

 

March 22, 2020

Plaza Vieja, Havana!!

And as I am feeling nostalgic and long away from having spoken about these spots almost from the beginning of my blog’s history and think not enough said. Therefore, I am telling you a bit more about the wonderful Plaza Vieja in old Havana, Cuba!

This is a wonderful spot for strolls alone the old Havana district which is full of history even if some repairs are needed due in fact to the dictatorship blames on someone else, you get my picture.

In fact, the Plaza Vieja has been renovated thanks to a grants by Unesco for the preservation of heritage in Cuba.  It is really 24 km or about 15 miles to where I was born.

The Plaza Vieja or old square was done in 1559 surrounded by beautiful homes of the colonial times. It is bordered by the streets of Teniente Rey, Muralla, San Ignacio and Mercaderes all in Old Havana of course.

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Plaza Vieja is one of the many beautiful squares of old Havana. Built in the 16C, it would have served as places of gathering, parties and market. From an architectural point of view, it is one of the most beautiful squares in Havana. You will see very beautiful colonial buildings dating from the 16C to the 19C. Plaza Vieja is said to have benefited from a Unesco restoration campaign in the 1980s, which explains its neat appearance. In fact, there are mostly upscale restaurants and hotels

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Over the past 150 years, Plaza Vieja has played host to an open-air food market, a park, and an amphitheatre. Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and Fiestas,  all witnessed by Havana’s wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies.

This was Havana’s third open space after Plaza de Armas and Plaza de San Francisco. It is said that Franciscan monks requested that a new square be constructed where local vendors could carry out their business activities away from the Plaza de San Francisco, where they were hindering the celebration of masses. The new square was completed in 1559 approximately one hundred meters from the convent. It was called precisely Plaza Nueva  or new square, and gained in popularity right away. Some authors claim, however, that in fact this was the second square to be built in Havana, before the Plaza de San Francisco.

In the 18C, the Plaza Nueva was transformed into a market place. And in 1814, with the emergence of the market at the Plaza del Cristo, it was renamed to Plaza Real, Plaza Mayor, Plaza Fernando VII, Parque Juan Bruno Zayas and Parque Julián Grimau, until it finally received the name of Plaza Vieja.

During the 17C to the early 20C, the area was developed with residential, commercial and recreational buildings that fortunately maintained coherence, including the majestic Palacio de los Condes de Jaruco (or palace of the counts of jaruco) and the first exclusive recreational society in Havana, Sociedad Filarmónica, (or philarmonique society) housed in a residence at Calle San Ignacio 352-354. Curiously enough, no religious or military constructions were ever built around the square.

In 1908 the old market was demolished to make room for a park which was regrettably transformed into an underground parking garage in 1952. The underground parking garage was torn down and a replica of the original fountain was placed in the center of the square.  The original Carrara marble fountain surrounded by four dolphins was demolished in the 1930s when President/dictator Gerardo Machado built an underground parking lot here. There is a simpler fountain there now.

There is no official webpage to showcase the square at least that I could find, so will leave you with Cuba’s official office of tourism in English.  Tourist office of Cuba on Havana

The site on the organization for Unesco heritage cities in English on Havana here: Org heritage cities Unesco on Havana

Hope it helps your walks in my dear Plaza Vieja in old Havana, its like going back in times, better times for me.

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

March 22, 2020

Hotel Nacional, Havana!!

Let me bring you back out way back to another time another era in my life. Memories always popping in and out and yet so far. I like to tell you a bit more on the Hotel Nacional, Havana, Cuba!

It is magical ,still there gleaming at you, hearing the waves bang against the rocky hill below, and the Strait of Florida in front of it. It has been thru all the episodes in Cuban history since its construction in 1927. Knowing it is to know Havana (San Cristobal de la Habana) a bit more, and Cuba too.  This is simply the Hotel Nacional.

The Hotel Nacional officially open from 1930, it was designed by an American architectual firm of McKim, Mead & White (they also build the National Museum of American History in Washington DC as others). A bit of history  says that in the 19C, the hill on which the hotel stands held the famous battery of Santa Clara. The “Ordoñez” cannon, one of the largest of its time, still lies in the hotel’s gardens. On the headland of Punta Brava,(same name of my native town!!!) Corregidor Don Luis Aguilar chastised the British during the seige and assault of Havana. The hotel’s most famous and luxurious restaurant is named after him.

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Some of the memorable people who have stayed here over the years are Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Keaton, Jorge Negrete,Agustin Lara, Rocky Marciano, Tyrone Power, Romulo Gallegos, Errol Flynn, John Wayne , Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, and Ernest Hemingway, as well as Winston Churchill, Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Alexander Flemming, and  innumerable Ibero-American Heads of State and European monarchs.

It was the site of a bloody battle in September 4, 1933 pitting the Cuban Army officers who participated in the coup d’état to overthrow President/dictator Gerardo Machado and the non commissioned officers and rank who supported the new strong man Fulgencio Batista. The US ambassador Sumner Welles lived here while the transition in the Cuban government took place.  In December 1946, it was the meeting of a mafia figures such as Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Santo Trafficante, jr, Frank Costello, Albert Anastacia, Vito Genovese and many others that was later characterized by Francis Ford Coppola in the movie, ” The Godfather ,part II”.

By 1955 the hotel was in full swing, and under new management, created  a new wing consisting of Clark’s famous Casino Internacional, the adjoining Starlight Terrace Bar and the Casino Parisién night club in january of 1956 with the first presenter been Eartha Kitt. The casino was closed by new President/dictator Fidel Castro in October 1960, as well as the hotel nationalised. It is now under management by the government supported Gran Caribe group. This is their webpage on the Hotel Nacional: Gran Caribe group on the Hotel Nacional

For me it meant many afternoon visiting the patio with grandparents and/or parents, and sipping a delicious cold Coca Cola with lemon and plenty of ice. When visited the island there was no doubt to come here again, just to be quiet and listen to the winds and the waves cracking below in the ocean. Memories that still linger with me since childhood. You will be embracing Cuban history and perhaps a quiet moment listening to those same waves.

Hope you enjoy the post and why not one day do stay there it is the ultimate in Cuba.

The official Hotel Nacional webpage is here : Hotel Nacional at Havana

And there you go folks when in Havana, the Hotel Nacional is a lot more than a vacation, its the history and architecture of Cuba in one spot. Hope you enjoy the post.

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

 

March 22, 2020

Miramar, Havana, Cuba!

This is another time lapse for me going back many years almost 50 in fact! One has travel the world from a small spot on earth and gather many moments and souvenirs but there is always home. Mine was around the city of Miramar in Havana , Cuba. The name might seems familiar to those in Florida as there is a city there name after the one in Havana, and gosh I lived there too!!

Let me give you a bit of off the beaten path trip that would be wonderful to see again if possible. I am talking about the neighborhood of Miramar one of the main residential areas of the city of Havana, Cuba. Today , they put it in the county of Playa in Havana.

The Cuban upper class lived here before 1959 in sumptuous mansions and houses with pools, large patios, and other amenities. Being located in front of the coast, it made possible the existence of numerous spas, yacht clubs and social clubs in the wealthiest sectors. The stores were the best known in Cuba. Its busiest and most fundamental street, Fifth Avenue, with the same name as the famous one in New York, is considered by many to be the most beautiful street in all of Cuba.

The urban project for the construction of Miramar was conceived and signed in 1910 or 1911. The Miramar project was carried out on the grounds of the “La Miranda” family estate, making it a 100% Cuban urban project. This project is approved by the Marianao (another city just next to Havana ,and part of Marianao at the time) city council on February 6, 1911. On July 19, 1913 the contract to execute the urbanization of the Miramar neighborhood is signed.

The metal drawbridge over the Almendares river was popularly called the Pote bridge, an iron bridge over the Almendares river, in the extension of Calzada del Vedado ,a boulevard (going into another modern neighborhood Vedado)   towards Miramar.

In 1920, when the 5th avenue to 42nd street section was completely designed and built, the clock tower on 5th avenue and 10th street was made between 1921 and 1924 and is a 22-meter-high tower with its old carillon, a replica of London’s Big Ben, according to what it says as there is no written proof. The machinery of the clock has a mechanism by which music and time are synchronized, also chimes that sound every 15, 30 and 60 minutes, as well as every nine hours. After a period of deterioration in the 1960’s and onward, it was decided to do work on it which took three months, and finally the quarter of an hour and the melody of the bells were heard again. The four spheres, located on each side of the tower, give the exact time as they did in a distant 1924. The tower keeper need to climb the tower ladder every 72 hours and wind the machine, using the same mechanism as the manufacturers did. And the tradition is thankfully kept. Great for me as really when you passed this clock tower you really finally were in Miramar for us, memories.

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You will see the Fountain of the Americas located at the beginning of 5th Avenue and the sculptures were made in 1920. The Fountain is integrated into one of the parks on both sides of 5th Avenue, like the 2 large street parks at 24 and 26th streets. It is next to one of these two park blocks that the Church of Santa Rita was built in 1941. In Miramar numerous artificial beaches were built, the so-called Playas del Oeste or west beaches, formerly private clubs. The Miramar Yacht Club founded in 1926 with a nautical, sporty and social atmosphere, began in 1927 with a classic wooden construction on Avenida 96 and the sea. It was in 1952 that it was replaced by one in modern architecture.

The 1950s was the year of the real estate explosion in Miramar, the Almendares tunnel and the Linea tunnel date from this time, to substantially improve access to the neighborhood. The most luxurious buildings in Cuba are built in the Miramar at that time, true mansions and palaces, with swimming pools, large gardens and patios decorated with statues and fountains, which alternated with yacht and social clubs such as the Havana Yacht Club, in addition to others truly colossal churches such as that of Jesús de Miramar Church on 5th avenue and 82 street, in addition to the San Antonio de Padua Church on 5th avenue and 60 street.

At the end of the construction of the Malecon (big bulkward to the ocean) that extended it to the mouth of the Chorrera (tower bordering the Almendares and Cojimar rivers), the 5th Avenue becomes its natural extension, towards the other side of the Almendares River, with which the new neighborhood and all the territory of the west becomes a new housing seat. The crossing that was made through the Pote drawbridge, represented a great problem for the heavy traffic in the area and was finally replaced by a double track underwater tunnel in 1957.

The vast majority of the people who lived here left Cuba as a result of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and went with their families to the United States, mainly to Miami.

There is a general tourist office of Cuba webpage Infotur for general info in English: Tourism of Cuba Infotur on Havana

And this seems a newer version of infotur simply call Cuba Travel in English for general info here: Cuba Travel on Havana

Hope you enjoy the post and follow me on my nostalgic runs once in a while. The Clock tower or Torre del Reloj is a memory of the past still shining for all to enjoy in my La Habana. 

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

March 20, 2020

Some news from France, CCXCXIII

And lets get back to some news from France. The world is on the move and we cannot stay away from it, even travel lovers who are most direct concern. We have covid19 or whatever you call it, and it is bad, hurting people all over. No need to give ranking who is more or less , and who is close or not, WE are all concern sooner or later. So lets get inside our homes, minimize outings , wash your hands often, do tele work like me and keep busy. I did my pressure cleaning outside my house and the garden bricks for example.

And lets help whenever we can volunteering in my town has started for the elderly and needy with a support team we are participating as on call basis. We can do it together, I know in France and Europe we had gone thru worse times and we overcame, we will this time too. Vive la France!!! Long live  a united Europe!! and as I am a believer, may God Bless you all!

Now the news from various sources in my belle France!

The French Senate gives green light to bill on state of health emergency. The Senate with a right-wing majority adopted on the night of Thursday to this Friday at first reading the bill allowing the establishment of a state of health emergency.  The text, voted by 252 votes in favor, 2 against and 90 abstentions, also authorizes the government to take measures to support businesses by ordinance and records the postponement of the second round of municipal elections “at the latest in June”.

In California USA finally placed in containment. The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, decides to place the entire state and its 40 million inhabitants in containment to strengthen the fight against the pandemic. The directive is one of the most stringent measures announced in the United States since the start of the health crisis.  Los Angeles residents placed in confinement. The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, ordered Thursday confinement of all the inhabitants of this metropolis of 4 million inhabitants, asking them to refrain from any unnecessary movement to stem the coronavirus pandemic. Good for California!!

The cases are increasing in the NBA. Two Los Angeles Lakers players infected with the new coronavirus on Thursday, three of the Philadelphia Sixers, one of the Boston Celtics and a member of the Denver Nuggets: cases are multiplying in the NBA, stopped for more than a week due to the pandemic. NBA in case you are visiting earth, is the National Basketball Association in the USA.

Visas suspended in the United States. The United States has suspended the issuance of all regular visas to all countries of the world, the US State Department announced. “As far as possible, embassies and consulates will continue to issue emergency visas,” they  said.

No containment for the whole of the United States. Donald Trump says he does not envisage confinement for the whole of the United States. Playing with fire as deaths mount.  Closure of the United States / Mexico border. US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo announces the closure of the US border with Mexico for “non-essential travel”. ah yes…

Reinforced measures in New York State. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has decreed a halt to all non-essential activities and a ban on all gatherings. NY NY!

Why mobile links sometimes leave something to be desired. From a technical point of view, telephone operators have “two points of vigilance”, the interconnection of networks and the traffic on submarine cables to the United States. Operators are strengthening interconnection capacities, which allow a subscriber of one network to reach the subscriber of another network. This explains the difficulties that some have encountered in recent days. This was running in some newspapers in the USA.

NASA suspends its lunar work. The American space agency announces to put a stop to the works of construction and test of the rocket and the ship of its manned mission Artemis on the Moon. This is due to the increasing number of people affected in its teams.

Half of Air Canada’s technically unemployed workforce. Air Canada will lay off more than 5,100 flight attendants, half of its workforce, according to a union source. The measure will affect approximately 3,600 flight attendants of the first Canadian airline and 1,549 members of its low-cost subsidiary Air Canada rouge, at least until April 30, specifies the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in a communication news.

 The prohibition of any movement and gathering on the roads on the banks of the Seine, the lawns of the Esplanade des invalides and the Champ-de-Mars, from Friday and for the weekend. This is in Paris.

The Paris Stock Exchange opens on a 5.48% jump to 4,066.79 points. The Paris Bourse attacks the session of conquering mood (+ 5.48%) this Friday morning, partly reassured by the massive monetary measures adopted by several governments and central banks, in particular the European Central Bank, to face the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. Same trend in Frankfurt, London and Hong Kong. And it keeps going up in Paris but you know this is an up and down game!

SNCF traffic increasingly reduced. Only 15% of mainline trains this Friday, 25% TER and almost more connections abroad, indicates the SNCF. Traffic is 35% on the Transilien network of the Paris suburbs, according to the company. Abroad, the service was suspended to Germany, Italy and Spain. There are still 20% of Eurostar trains to London, 20% of Thalys trains to the Benelux, and, to Switzerland, a Paris-Geneva return trip and a Paris-Basel return trip. The offer is likely to be further reduced in the coming days.

Free transport for carers in the Grand Est. Caregivers will be able to borrow free from Saturday TER and intercity buses in the Grand Est region, announced the community, which wishes to facilitate their travel while Alsace pays a heavy price in the coronavirus epidemic

Orange awaits masks with great impatience. Orange, which had supplied stocks of masks to comply with the requisitions for healthcare staff is waiting with “great impatience” to receive new masks for these teams responsible for maintaining the networks, this Friday explains its CEO Stéphane Richard.

Call for volunteers in Ile-de-France hospitals. The regional health agency in Ile-de-France is launching an appeal to active or retired health workers to help healthcare establishments. This is going on all over France now!

Humane Society worries about many abandonments when shelters are already overcrowded. , OMG don’t be a monster, these loving animals need our help too, and they will be right with you, they do not get the virus so keep them in with you please. I have a loving dog Rex and he is part of my family no way he will be treated lesser.

The soldiers prepare the field hospital in Mulhouse. Preparations for the deployment of the military field hospital in Mulhouse are well under way. This morning, soldiers in lattice are on site to prepare the installation of 30 beds. The future hospital will be set up a few meters from the heliport, right next to the Emile-Muller hospital. Yes the Armed Forces are people too, great! The hospital has begun to be deploy and some patients are been transported to Toulon where there are more hospital military installations.

There are still 130,000 French people are stranded abroad. France must organize the return of some 130,000 nationals stranded abroad by the Covid-19 pandemic, said this Friday the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. They will need to find transport back to France, not an easy thing to do. French abroad have been exceptionally authorized to enter the Air France crisis center.

Already 18,000 reports since the start of confinement. According to a police source cited by BFMTV, since the start of the confinement on Tuesday noon, the police have carried out 225,000 checks for 18 reports. This is the control for people not to go out, some idiots do not understand still they need to stay home and go out as needed with a attestation de déplacement dérogatoire which can be obtain blue for individuals and red for professionals/entrprises from the Ministry of Interior webpage: Min Interior of France

The agents of the City of Paris will be able to issue fines. The law on the state of health emergency (under examination) should give the agents of the security service of the City the same powers as those of a “real” municipal police. Now now this is a bit hysterical.

President Macron of the French Republic: “The State is holding up”. Emmanuel Macron says a few words in front of the cameras before the defense council. “We have taken exceptional measures to absorb this first wave,” said the President of the Republic. The crisis is mobilizing all aspects of the life of the Nation ”. “The State is keen, we will be there in the long term,” he says, thanking his ministers for being there “morning, noon and night and overnight.”

Pension reform abandoned? During his speech last Thursday, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron announced a break from all the reforms undertaken. Interruption or total stop, the question arises at the top? I believe it will be an interruption while the virus crisis is on.

Social benefits paid automatically. Social benefits requiring regular declarations of resources to qualify for them, such as the RSA, the disabled adult allowance (AAH) or housing benefits, will be paid automatically to beneficiaries “incapacitated”, the government announced. This is in France, no need for forms if you were on these programs benefits will continue; Vive la France!

And are we will be getting mail? Six unions of La Poste claim in a letter to the Minister of Economy and CEO Philippe Wahl a “discussion about the missions that the La Poste group should carry out as a priority” during the coronavirus crisis, according to a press release.  The unions (CGT, CFDT, SUD, CFE-CGC, CFTC and Unsa) are alerting to the health and social situation within the La Poste group, where “security conditions are far from being maximum”, and note that ” the essential missions that La Poste and its subsidiaries must fulfill are very broad in concept ”.

The meetings of the Defense counsel starts. A Defense Council starts at the Ministry of the Interior, chaired by Emmanuel Macron, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and the main ministers concerned. This is sort of a control center to monitored the needs and actions needed as we advance.

In Nice, the mayor Christian Estrosi announces the closure of the Promenade des Anglais and all the city’s markets. Good measure too many people there anyway! And it gets tougher. A curfew at 20h (8 p.m.) in Nice. Christian Estrosi, the mayor (LR) of Nice, issued an order to impose a curfew in his city from this Friday evening.

No national curfew in France. “It is not a question of establishing a national curfew on the whole territory but of supporting local initiatives, such as that of the mayor of Nice” who has implemented a curfew in his city at 20 hours every evening, starting today, specifies Christophe Castaner, Interior Minister.

In Cannes, the Palais des Festivals opened to accommodate the homeless. This announcement is made on France Info the mayor of the city, David Lisnard. This decision is made “both to protect them, but also to protect any population from the spread of the virus,” he said. Good deal Cannoises!

An emergency fund for companies in Lyon. The metropolitan area of ​​Lyon has created an emergency fund of 100 million euros for companies affected by the containment measures, allowing in particular the payment of aid of 1,000 euros per month for certain self-employed. This is just a regional effort, nationwide it is 1500 euros per month.

After Mulhouse, the army in Ajaccio to evacuate patients. For the second time in a few days, the French army will be involved in the fight against the new coronavirus: after the evacuation by military aircraft of patients from Mulhouse, the navy will transfer this weekend patients from Corsica to the Riviera. The amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre of the French Navy will go to Ajaccio this weekend for “the medical evacuation of patients with Covid-19” to establishments in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, announces the prefecture of Corsica.

Creation of a buffer zone at the Saint-Etienne teaching hospital. The CHU of Saint-Etienne is preparing for a ramp-up of its capacity to receive patients with symptoms of coronavirus and has set up a “sorting center” near the emergency department.  This advanced medical center, in the form of a long canvas tunnel 18 meters long by 6 wide built from scratch within the grounds of the Hôpital Nord site in Saint-Priest-en-Jarez (Loire), has been fully disinfected. “It will be active in the coming days, depending on changing needs,” says the direction of the CHU.

The beaches of the Somme dept 80 Hauts de France are prohibited. The Somme prefecture has announced that it will prohibit access to the department’s beaches until March 31.

Several protective measures for public transport adopted in France. Public transport companies must disinfect their vehicles at least once a day, the climb from the front of buses is prohibited in principle and travelers must stand a meter from each other, according to a decree published in the Official Journal on Friday . Reinforced controls will be implemented this Friday and this weekend in Parisian stations. The Paris prefecture of police reminds in a press release that departures on holidays and weekends are not part of the cases covered by the certificate of derogatory travel.

New Caledonia closes its airport. All international flights to and from New Caledonia are suspended from midnight on Friday, the local government announced. Initially, the traffic was to stop gradually by Tuesday but the executive decided Friday late in the day to shorten the delay.

Back in America,we have the first three coronavirus deaths in Peru. The government reports a considerable increase in the number of cases for a total of 234 infected people across the country.

Rio de Janeiro ,Brazil closes its beaches and restaurants. The state of Rio de Janeiro announces that it will close its beaches, bars and restaurants for Saturday, for at least two weeks, in the face of the coronavirus epidemic. The decree published by Governor Wilson Witzel also provides for suspension of land, sea and air links with any other Brazilian state with at least one confirmed case of coronavirus, but the measure must be validated by the federal authorities.

Brazil prohibits entry to Europeans and Asians. These restrictions, valid for one month, apply to passengers on flights from the European Economic Area (European Union, United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and of Malaysia, who do not have residence in Brazil or a professional or family justification to return to the country, specifies a ministerial decree.

Argentina decrees the containment of the population. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez decrees “preventive and compulsory” containment of the population from this Friday until March 31 to fight against the coronavirus.  Argentina has 128 cases of coronavirus and three deaths.

In Europe,  Youtube suspends HD. With European networks suffering from slowdowns, YouTube is stopping playback of HD videos to relieve European networks. In the wake of Netflix, the platform reduces its impact on the Internet by passing its content to Standard version. No problems still see them  fine.

No lifting of confinement before April 13 in Austria. Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz announces that the week-long containment measures in the country, where travel is drastically limited, will be extended until April 13.

Cases are exploding in Belgium. The number of deaths jumped from 21 to 37, announce the Belgian authorities. The country records Friday 2,257 confirmed cases, against 1,795 identified the day before.

Oh my poor and resistant Spain passes the 1,000 dead mark. Spain is approaching 20,000 cases, announced this Friday the director of the health alert center Fernando Simon. The country has “1,002 deaths” and “nationally we have 19,980 cases, with an increase of 2,833 cases compared to yesterday (Thursday), an increase of 16.5%,” said Fernando Simon. The death toll has increased tenfold in seven days. It is second only to Italy in confronting this awful virus.

Arrival in the Czech Republic of a plane from China with a million masks. This plane landed this Friday in Prague. “The plane contains 1.1 million FFP2 masks that will be immediately distributed to hospitals and other places,” said Interior Minister Jan Hamacek at a televised press conference at Prague Airport . Prague acquired the equipment for around $ 3 million, he added. To be fully reported, China has done the same for Italy, Spain and France so far as well.

New restrictive measures expected in Italy. The Italian government is considering new restrictive measures which could be adopted quickly. “In the next 24 to 48 hours, new restrictions are possible,” announced Minister for Regional Affairs Francesco Boccia, citing, among other things, the possibility of suspending outdoor activities. The governors of the northern regions, the richest in Italy and the most affected by the epidemic with around 3,000 dead, are calling for even more closures and the deployment of the army to enforce these measures.

The most affected nation today, Italy .It is still the Milan region, Lombardy, where hospitals are overwhelmed, which pays the heaviest price, with 381 additional deaths (2,549 in total). In the country, nearly 6,000 additional cases have been detected, again a figure never reached before. Forza Italia!!!

Bavaria , Germany, is the first regional state to order containment. “We are going to reduce the whole of public life to almost nothing,” announces the head of the Bavarian government, Markus Söder, the measure having to enter into force at 11 pm (midnight) and initially to last two weeks.

Reinforced measures in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom orders the closure of pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theaters. It’s about time ….!

EasyJet will maintain the majority of its fleet on the ground. The British airline EasyJet has announced that most of its fleet will remain on the ground from 24 March. The carrier will only maintain a few connections to certain destinations, mainly from the United Kingdom or to the country.

Reinforced measures in Switzerland. Switzerland has tightened its measures, banning gatherings of more than 5 people, but has ruled out any confinement – a measure adopted by other European countries – believing that it was “spectacle politics”. The government has also released an additional 32 billion Swiss francs (30.4 billion euros) to support the economy. An envelope of 10 billion Swiss francs had already been announced a week ago. Hard to tell the Swiss lol!

Back on the source:  Second day with zero new local cases in China. For the second consecutive day, China reports no new local coronavirus contamination this Friday, even though the number of imported cases, 39, reached a record.

And be careful Africa.  Gabon announces its first death. A first patient died in Gabon of the new coronavirus, the second in sub-Saharan Africa after Burkina Faso, said this Friday the spokesman of the cell for monitoring the epidemic in this country which has counted so far only three cases . The 50-year-old patient “died at 8:05 am as a result of complications from his diabetes and an acute respiratory distress syndrome,” said spokesman Dr. Guy Patrick Obiang Ndong.

More than 200 cases already in South Africa, authorities worry. A total of 202 people are infected in the country by Covid-19, against 150 the day before, said the Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize to the press in Bloomfontein (center). The authorities estimate that the disease could infect up to 60% of the country’s population of 56 million.

General confinement in Tunisia. Tunisian President Kais Saied has announced a general containment of the country, without specifying its date of entry into force or its duration, after having recorded an increase in the number of patients with coronavirus.

Jordan will impose a curfew from Saturday morning until further notice, the government spokesman said. The latter explained that this decision had been taken after “citizens’ failure to comply with the directives” asking them to leave their homes only in the event of an extreme emergency.

More than 10,000 deaths worldwide. At least 10,316 deaths worldwide are now totaled, according to a report established by AFP on Friday. More than 5000 of these deaths are in Europe. Since the count made the previous day at 19h (7:00 p.m.), there have been 490 new deaths. If you like to keep count, there is Worldometer/coronavirus site that maintains tallies worldwide here: Worldometers information on Coronavirus

The Euro carried over to 2021 will be called … again Euro-2020. The Euro football initially planned for next summer but postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic will officially keep its name of Euro-2020, announced UEFA.

Of course, these news will change and expand in the coming days, weeks, and I promise not to give count of the virus, enough to have it recorded. Let’s keep the spirits up . Best wishes for everybody!!

And remember, happy travels, YES, good health, we will pray together, and best wishes to all!! indeed as always by yours truly.

 

 

March 19, 2020

Wines in Brazil!

And continuing my tour of big beautiful Brazil let me talk to you about something different. Well, you know I am into wines big time. But do you know Brazil makes wine? and improving every year. I happened to lived there as an expat a few years back and had the opportunity to taste the local wines in Porto Alegre and Curitiba.

My best experience was in Curitiba as was able to visit the winemakers cellars. I will tell you briefly on the Durigan’s wines and hope you too can taste it there.

If you want to bring home some Brazilian wines with an Italian twist then head for Durigan’s winery, a real wine store, winery in one. The wines are not bad price/quality ratio and its unique as gift given or to drink as I did taken them home when I lived in the city .They cover a whole range with French grapes with the Reserva and white Chardonnay not bad at all.

Among so many stopping points in Santa Felicidade , district of Curitiba, and the Italian neighborhood about 7 km from the city center, reserve at least one hour for Durigan Wines. is on the most touristic stretch of Av. Manoel Ribas, the main artery of the neighborhood. The place is cozy, rustic and themed. Right at the entrance there are several sculptures, one of which represents Bacchus god of wine over a small waterfall.

curitiba

The Durigan family arrived in Paraná in the 19C from Treviso, Italy. After passing through Morretes, on the coast of the state of Paranà , the immigrants took up residence on the Curitiba plateau, today called Santa Felicidade.

All those delicious snacks such as salami, cheese, antipasti, sweets and chocolates are on sale. Daily they offer free tasting of cold cuts, juices and wines. The space is also focused on Italian gastronomic culture. If you want to prepare a typical dinner, you can open your wallet: here you can find pasta, sauces, olive oils, focaccias, crostinis, jellies and delicious pastries.  Another detail that I find very cute in the Durigan house is that it is always decorated according to the time of the year: Easter, Christmas, June parties;: giving the place an always festive look.

The official Durigan’s winery webpage in Portuguese is here: Vinhos Durigan, Curitiba Brazil

And this nice external youtube video will enhance your appreciation of the place, enjoy it

And there you go something other than samba and capirhina to expand your Brazilian knowledge. Hope you enjoy the Durigan’s wines in Santa Felicidade, Curitiba.

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

March 19, 2020

Go Jalisco, Mexico!!!

We have an old saying that says Jalisco do not quit because if you quit better kick back. or something like that. The bottom line they keep trying and won’t give up; I have met several and some can call friends over the years going there.

The pictures are few but the memories are big, this is arriving at the airport of Guadalajara but going to nice town in land such as Tepatitlan de Morelos and San Juan de los Lagos and even passing by picturesques ones such as Zapoten! Hope you enjoy the ride as I did. To note there is a hugely followed Basilica in San Juan de los Lagos that I have written an apart post on it, very nice search Tepa in my blog.

I was in Mexico ,coming by DF and going on a domestic flight to the State of Jalisco and landing at the Guadalajara airport, then by car visit the above mentioned cities.

The airport was that of Guadalajara webpage in English here:Guadalajara airport main site in English

Guadalajara

And went over to Tepatitlan de Morelos a nice town country cozy feeling. We turn into my hotel at the city  of Tepatitlan de Morelos, meaning a place amongst stone, and it has the history of been invaded by the French in 1864, and its big party is from April 12 to April 30 which I caught a bit of it from the 12 to the 15 and it was great party on the streets lively  ,under control .

tepatitlan de Morelos

Here I stayed at the wonderful Grand Hotel of French decoration and one of the owner is French. My rooms were the Mandela and Rangel , all the rooms are individually decorated  inmense wonderful, class in an unusual place; I was priviledge to see the room Marie Antoinette which is only given to VIP folks.  Having breakfast in the Café Paris is grand and great views over the city . The webpage is here: Grand Hotel Boutique of Tepatitlan de Morelos

tepatitlan de Morelos

tepatitlan de morelos

Here I had the luck to go to a local seafood restaurant ; the center of my dine outs, I was introduce to the restaurant Don K, or Don Camaron (shrimp).  You guess it plenty of it with great beers . The sport TV all over, the friendly service, good food, good company was all it took. I saw football/soccer games of the Champions League of Europe there,and it has football nights as well that is soccer. I came back always to eat here!!! It is at Dr. J. Ricardo Alcala Iñiguez 284, Alameda, 47650 Tepatitlán de Morelos Telephone +52 378 715 5140 . Here is their Facebook page : Facebook page of Don K resto in Tepatitlan de Morelos

tepatitlan de morelos

We did some traveling by car and walk from our hotel to a wonderful place for dinner Bistro 77 right in city center near the wonderful Cathedral and kiosk in the park. Wonderful Pulpo beers and pizzas with hot chili mexican here, great tv screens and wonderful friendly service. Webpage in Spanish here: Bistro 77 at Tepatitlan de Morelos

tepatitlan de morelos

The town has many churches and a great central plaza, nice for walks very laidback and quiet nice country town indeed. One never know how to find these jewels , but there are out there, there in Jalisco and Mexico.

The tourist office of Tepatitlan de Morelos on things to see in Spanish: Tourist office of Tepatitlan de Morelos

Then, moving on to the nice town of San Juan de los Lagos, where the church is second only to Guadalupe in Mexico city as the most important there; already visited by Pope John Paul II.  Just a heads up for the post on it as said above see it apart. The Church of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, 76 miles or 122 kms north of Guadalajara. The sanctuary begain in 1542 and the church in 1732. It is gorgeous and a must to see ,drive there you will be fascinated by the devotion and spirituality of this church. The town is very nice in its center too. Here is the official govt webpage in Spanish , for the history you hit “San Juan Frente a su Historia” and a pdf file will come on which you can read or print in Spanish : City page of San Juan de los Lagos

San Juan de los Lagos

And a nice webpage on the Basilica Church of Notre Dame or Our Lady here: Mexconnect wegpage on the Basilica Church of San Juan de los Lagos

I went out to Zapoten , nice town and had lunch on the road at Birreria Chololo with goat meat and beers Indio oscura. An institution in the area, they are at Carretera a Chapala Km 17, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, no webpage but a nice page to describe it a bit further is here: Foursquare on Birreria Chololo

Zapoten

Zapoten

There you go a nice brief ride into beautiful country in Jalisco, Mexico away from the crowds in the countryside and beautiful. Hope you enjoy the ride to these superb towns.

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

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2020

Go Sonora, Mexico!

And why not sticking in the Americas with a trip to a challenging area of Mexico. I was to go on business trip to Ciudad Obregon, State of Sonora, the north of Mexico.

And as again touch briefly on the trip would like to give it more visibility on a single post, therefore, here it is folks.

I had the opportunity to visit a new area in Mexico, a few years back. As usual did the overall trip in my blog but feel did not tell you enough about this area. This was my visit to Ciudad Obregon in the State of Sonora, north of Mexico. The place was very much under security due to the unfortunate drug cartels there, but the local life continues without even noticing it. You only need to go to the below places and you should be ok. Anyway was an exciting visit to a place never before been, another dot in my world traveler’s globe!

Ciudad Obregón, is the capital city of the municipality of Cajeme,and is the second largest city in the state of Sonora. It is located in the center of a large agricultural and industrial basin in the south of the state. It is the most important urban center of the Yaqui river valley. It is located 525 km (326 mi) south of the state’s northern border with the U.S. state of Arizona.

This city was founded in 1927 by Alvaro Obregón and was established as a station where trains could make refill of water. The name of the station was Cajeme, name of a chief of the Yaqui people. The first whites to arrive settled in the barrio called Plano Oriente when irrigation works by the Richardson company began in the early 20C.

In 1928, the name of Ciudad Obregón was adopted in recognition of General Álvaro Obregón, former president of the Mexican Republic (1920-1924) and originally from Huatabampo, Sonora. General Obregón initiated an agricultural revolution in the Yaqui river valley, introduced modern agricultural techniques and made this valley one of the most prosperous agricultural regions in the country. The story goes I cannot validated. The American agronomist Norman Borlaug, architect of the “Green Revolution”, worked here after improving the resistance of wheat. From then on, he won the Nobel Prize.

The way to move here well is to come by air landing at the Ciudad Obregon International Airport (IATA: CEN and ICAO: MMCN) located 15 km (about 9.3 miles) to the southeast of the center of Ciudad Obregon. It has one terminal with three gates and two jetways. The airport is small but clean and nice. The webpage is here: Tourist office of Ciudad Obregon on the Airport

Ciudad Obregon

I flew in from Mexico city on InterJet airline with webpage at https://www.interjet.com/en-us

with good service and came back on AeroMexico,  again good flight services with webpage at https://www.aeromexico.com/en-us/

I stayed at the nice Holiday Inn, with a nice room,and pool facilities, center of city at Avenida Miguel Aleman webpage here: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/gb/en/ciudad-obregon/cenar/hoteldetail

Ciudad Obregon

In the area we moved by car with great company taking the Federal highway No.15 that is quite heavily use linking Ciudad Obregón in the north to Guaymas ; the main Sonoran port, Hermosillo ;the State capital, and Nogales (Sonora’s main crossing point with the United States). The highway no 15 links Ciudad Obregón to the south towards Navojoa , the State of Sinaloa and Central America, making it the axis of “Canamex”, industrial corridor which unites Canada, the United States and Mexico. This is as good a route planner you can have in Mexico, a federal govt site: http://app.sct.gob.mx/sibuac_internet/ControllerUI?action=cmdEscogeRuta

I visit a wine shop next door to the Holiday inn that was just a new concept in the area to let you stored your own bottles. Unfortunately I forgot the name and no photos !! I ate at Los Arbolitos de Cajeme resto, at the casa Matriz(main resto as it is a chain ) at corner of Tabasco and Guerrero streets. I had my mero fish with butter here. The webpage : http://www.mariscoslosarbolitos.com/sucursales.html

Ciudad Obregon

Some things to see here if time allowed as mine was book on business this will be my favorite: Museum of the Yaqui: The museum offers a perspective of Yaqui culture having among its objectives rescuing, preserving, investigating and spreading the culture and way of life of the Yaquis. As well as stimulating in the state’s population the rediscovery of historical, linguistic and ethnic values of the Yaquis

The Yaqui people are settled in eight towns, Potam, Huirivis, Torim, Cocorit, Bacum, Vicam, Rahum and Belem. In about 7 km (4.3 miles) from the city is the first of the eight Yaqui towns that make the autonomous territory of these people known for their independent character, because it is one of the few American ethnic groups not dominated militarily by Spanish colonialists.

These I tried plenty. The culinary specialties of Ciudad Obregón are tacos with roasted meats; chimichangas which are fried tortillas with potatoes and meat; hot dogs with sausages inside a sliced bread to which you can add different seasonings and the Pozole which is a tamale soup with meat and different vegetables. Ciudad Obregon is famous for its tortillas. Since WWII, a large number of people have come from Japan and China to Mexico bringing new culinary traditions that mixed well here.

The tourist office of Ciudad Obregon in English here: Tourist office of Ciudad Obregon on things to see

And there you another trip by yours truly around the world, this time in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Hope you like the post and thank you for reading it.

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

March 18, 2020

A castle in Curitiba, Brazil!

And now take you to another gem a castle in Curitiba, State of Paranà, Brazil!! The city I lived and have great souvenirs of. This is in the south of Brazil and I lived not far from the castle, walking distance maybe less than 300 meters in fact the reddish building you see in the background was my home!!

Let me tell you briefly on the Castle of Batel in Curitiba, Brazil.

The Castelo do Batel is a palace located in the Batel neighborhood, (my home while living in the city) in the city. Built in 1924 by the coffee grower and honorary consul of Holland Luiz Guimarães, it was bought by Moysés Lupion, former governor of Paraná, in 1947. As of 1973, Castelo do Batel started to house the headquarters of TV Paranaense, at the time, called only Canal 12. The broadcaster operated in the building until mid-August 2003, when the broadcaster moved to a new building in the neighborhood das Mercês.

Curitiba

In between it had other uses until it was appointed as a suitable venue for an event center in 2003. The Castelo do Batel has eight meeting rooms with capacity for up to 60 people, a 650 m² hall, business center, Internet access in all rooms through the wireless system and 1,500 m² of internal parking space.

The Castelo do Batel follows the eclectic style, and is a replica of the castles of the Loire Valley, in France. The mansion features a cylindrical tapered turret, full-arch portals and mansards on the roof; the roof, with a sloping fountain, appears from a distance to be made of slate. The gray external walls are made of bricks. Pediments in interrupted arch and triangular on the plateau, columns leading to the main entrance, carved wooden paneled doors, stained glass, marble floors in the courtyard, are the most expressive finishing details. With large garages, a tennis court, it stands out for its extensive forestation and gardens, inter mingled through magnificent wrought iron gates and railings, the castle was for many years the main architectural reference of the city and the setting for receptions and parties of great repercussions in the wealthy Curitiba communities.

The official Castle of Batel  webpage in Portuguese is here: Official Castelo do Batel Curitiba

I have found another nice youtube video from the events place that gives you a brilliant idea of how pretty this castle is and so lucky to have seen it and passed by it every day for almost a year.

Hope you enjoy the Castle of Batel in Curitiba, Brazil. Another spot away from the usual goodies of the country, a lot more to see.

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

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