• Walking Tour: 308 SUL – model quarter

    May 5, 18 • Marion • City ToursNo CommentsRead More »

    Devised by urbanist Lucio Costa (1902 – 1998) as the basic element of the Pilot Plan, this model quarter had been the first to be built in town, together with 108 SUL which had been designed completely by Oscar Niemeyer (1907 – 2012).     It is made up of four residential superblocks, and counts with the complete infrastructure of daily life, such as kindergarten, school, library, health center, church (Igrejinha d N.S. da Fatima), social club (Clube da vizinhanca) and movie theater (Cine Brasília).     The landscaping is by Roberto Burle Marx. The model quarter was listed as District Heritage on April 20, 2009. The Walking Tour includes the visit of the chapel Igrejinha da N.S. de Fatima (with tiles by Athos Bulcao) and also gives you the opportunity to meet D. Lourivaldo, owner of the „Banca da 308 SUL“, the first and thus oldest kiosk in town.       Availability: any day of the week, to be booked for closed groups Duration: 1 ½ hours Number of participants: max. 10 Investment: total of R$

  • Tiradentes – April, 21 – Brasilia’s Birthday

    Apr 21, 18 • Marion • HistoryNo CommentsRead More »

    Tiradentes and the Inconfidência Mineira In the last quarter of the 18th century, Vila Rica de Nossa Senhora do Pilar do Ouro Preto was a dynamic place. Gold had brought great wealth to the city and this was translated into fine religious and secular buildings. Much of the artistry that went into these constructions and their decoration was home-grown, such as the genuis of O Aleijadinho. In conjunction with this flowering of the arts an intellectual society developed. And yet all this went on under the heavy hand of the Portuguese crown, which demanded its fifth share (the quinto), imposed punitive taxes and forbade local industries to operate. While the artists and artisans could not travel and had to seek inspiration in what was around them, the intellectuals were often from families who sent their young to Europe to further their education. So, when the gold yields began to decline and the Portuguese demands became even more exorbitant, some members of society began to look to Europe and North America for ways to free Minas Gerais from the crown. One side of the argument was the view of the governor, the Visconde de Barbacena, who refused to admit that the mines were exhausted and that poverty was beginning to affect the community. As far as he was concerned, there was no gold because it was being smuggled out of the

  • Walking Tour “Bosque dos Constituintes & SAFS”

    Mar 30, 18 • Marion • City Tours, TopicsNo CommentsRead More »

    This Walking Tour starts at the „Bosque dos Constituintes“ which is located at the lower part of the Esplanada dos Ministerios and hosts cultural institutions like the „Espaco Israel Pinheiro“ and the „Espaco Oscar Niemeyer“.       Crossing the park, we enter into the area of SAFS with its imposing architectural buildings like – Procuradoria Geral da República (PGR) – Tribunal de Contas da Uniao (TCU) – Superior Tribunal Federal (STF) – Itamaraty        You will certainly experience this part of Brasília in a new way and with exceptional different views onto buildings that you already know.        Also cultural works (originals / reproductions) of Athos Bulcao, Candido Portinari and Omar Franco can be visited during this excursion.   Availability: on any working day, for min. 4 persons Duration: 2 hours (10 – 12 a.m.) Investment: R$ 50 per person

  • Walking Tour: SBS, SAS, SCS

    Aug 28, 17 • Marion • City Tours, Topics, TourismNo CommentsRead More »

    Eventually you already got accustomed to Brasilia’s peculiarity of abbreviations and know what SBS, SAS and SCS stand for? But even though, I guess you’ve never merged into those areas of the city, which are: SBS = Setor Bancario Sul SAS = Setor de Autarquias Sul SCS = Setor Comercial Sul May be you haven’t visit yet these parts of the city because normally parking is difficult and/or you simply feel restraint going there by yourself. With HOM-ing’s Walking Tour you will discover the architectural beauty of the administration buildings, cultural institutions like Caixa Cultural, Museu de Valores, Museu Nacional dos Correios, Casa da Cultura da América Latina (CAL) and, at the same time, witness the daily working life of the Brazilians while walking through the Galeria dos Estados and the various passages where street-vendors offer any kind of merchandise (from fresh fruits to clothes and household utilities).   The tour ends – optionally – with a lunch at the restaurant “Coisas da Terra”. Duration: 2-3 hours Available: any working day (preferably starting at 10 a.m.) Participation: max. 8 persons Investment: R$ 50 per person (min. R$ 200)

  • Round-tables with Dra. Sylvia Domack, homeopath from Germany

    May 8, 17 • Marion • Health Issues, TopicsNo CommentsRead More »

    Homeopathy in Germany has a long tradition and education and practice enjoy a high reputation worldwide. Homeopathic treatments both for prevention and in case of diseases are seen as alternative medicine and become more and more popular. Any kind of remedies used by homeopaths is based on phytotherapy. This is the natural way to stay healthy and treat diseases, which is more recommendable than the intake of chemical-based medicine. This aspect is especially important for women during and after pregnancies, for children and for elderly persons when age-related disorders increase. Dra. Sylvia Domack gained professional experience during the last 16 years with her own clinic in Frankfurt. Being on visit in Brasilia, she offers round-tables explaining the advantages of homeopathy as a more healthy alternative to traditional medical treatment giving short introductions to various subjects, like: Wednesday, May 10: Cholesterin – is it good or bad? Risk factors for heart disease, high blood   pressure and strokes. What kind of nutrition, food or diet is really helpful. Tuesday, May 16: Diets and nutrition for sport – how you can help your body to build up strengh, duration end effectiveness in a positive and easy way. Wednesday, May 17: Nutritional care for pregnancy and children’s growth. Important vitamins and minerals for  child’s development. Friday, May 19: Boost your memory! – How well balanced nutrition may help to improve and maintain good memory, and also to avoid mental diseases (e.g. Alzheimer) The meetings take place at lunch time 12.30 – 14.30 at the vegetarian

  • Walking Tour: Brasília – Vila Planalto

    May 8, 17 • Marion • Excursions, TopicsNo CommentsRead More »

    Vila Planalto is the oldest part of Brasília where workers and engineers had been settled during the construction period of the town. The village was supposed to be demolished  after the inauguration of Brasília, but the families refused to move away. The Walking Tour shows you a picture of 50 years of urban architecture of Brasília, – a scale from still existing wooden houses to modern concrete buildings. You will live moments of day-to-day life of Brazilian village people which is complete different from the rest of the capital. Vila Planalto, being centrally located, recently became popular for urban living. Its  gastronomic scene is amazing, – you will know some of the more than 40 restaurants and lanchonetes which are mainly frequented for lunch time. And you will be shown some selected shops and services of general interest.   From the external street, along green areas, you will enjoy a magnificant view onto the Lago Paranoa and the Digital TV Tower. Availability: any day (except Sunday) with prior notice of min. 1 week before date Participation: closed groups of min. 4 – max. 6 persons Duration: 2 hours from 10 – 12 a.m. Investment: R$ 50 / person   Remarks: – The tour can also be booked by 1-3 persons; in this case, the minimum investment of R$ 200 will be charged and divided among the participants. – Single persons interested might

  • Visits to Brazilian artists’ ateliers – textile production & design: Tecelagem Artesanal de Unai

    Mar 4, 17 • Marion • Cultural life, Excursions, TopicsNo CommentsRead More »

    Weaving always had been a traditional activity and income source in the state of Minas Gerais where cotton is cultivated since ever. The process of the cotton being planted, harvested, carded, spun, dyed (with natural plant materials) and woven has been taken place in fazendas involving all family members. The final product – threads or cloths were used for proper necessities of the families or exchanged for other items needed. Dona Cândida Sardinha was one of the pioneers of weaving in Unai. She moved there from Madeira (Portugal) and brought with her broad experiences in weaving – both techniques and design. Her wall carpets gained worldwide reputation. Along with rural exodus and the experienced women becoming older, the necessity of rescuing the regional tradition and knowledge of weaving was recognized. Finally, in 1966 a chacara was donated to the Associacao Beneficiente Natal Justino da Costa, and in 1999 the project „Tecelagem Artesanal de Unai“ was inaugurated. The project is considered to be a cultural and historical rescue, also maintaining the dignity and knowledge of human kind. It provides work for people of all ages and training and working opportunities for disabled persons (deaf and dumble). Its sustainability is assured by the work of volunteers and sales of the final products in an own shop. Location: 160 km out of Brasilia Excursion: bookable for individual groups of max. 4 persons on

  • Walking Tour: Vila Planalto

    Feb 23, 17 • Marion • ExcursionsNo CommentsRead More »

    Vila Planalto is the oldest part of Brasilia where workers and engineers had been settled during the construction period of the new capital. The village had been supposed to be brought down after the inauguration of the city , but the families refused to move away. The Walking Tour reflects a picture of more than 50 years of urban architecture of Brasilia, – a scale from still existing wooden houses to modern concrete buildings. You will live moments of day-to-day life of Brazilian village people which is complete different from the rest of the city. The gastronomic scenery is amazing, counting with more than 40 restaurants and lanchonetes,and you will be shown some selected shops and services of general interest.             From the external street, along green areas, one has a magnificant view onto the Lago Paranoa and the Digital TV Tower.   Availability: any day (except Sunday) with prior notice of min. 1 week before date Participation: closed groups of min. 4 – max. 6 persons Duration: 2 hours from 10 – 12 a.m. Investment: R$ 50 / person Remarks: – The tour can also be booked by 1-3 persons; in this case, the minimum investment of R$ 200 will be charged and divided among the participants. – Single persons interested might get registered and be informed whenever a tour will take place with vacancies

  • Deutscher Literatur-Kreis

    Feb 23, 17 • Marion • Cultural lifeNo CommentsRead More »

    Der deutsche Literatur-Kreis in Brasília trifft sich ca. alle 6-8 Wochen. Wir wählen unsere Lektüre aus Vorschlägen der Mitglieder aus und lesen nicht nur deutsche oder deutschsprachige Autoren. Unsere Gruppe ist offen für alle deutschsprachige resp. – kundige Leseratten. Die Lektüre der Bücher kann in jedweder Sprache vorgenommen werden – also auch für Nicht-Muttersprachler in der eigenen oder einer anderen Sprache. Lediglich die Besprechung wird auf Deutsch gehalten. Wir sind offen für alle Genres. Bei der Auswahl der Bücher entscheidet die Mehrheit. Wir achten darauf, dass der Buchumfang nicht zu groß und damit die Lektüre des Buches im Turnus von 6-8 Wochen zu bewältigen ist. Treffpunkt für die Buchbesprechung: „Livraria & Café Visconde“, 405 SUL, bl. C Vormittagstermin: 10.00 – 12.00 Uhr Abendtermin: 18.30 – 20.30 Uhr Die genauen Termine werden von Mal zu Mal festgelegt. Aktuelle Lektüre: Der Schneesturm von Vladimir Sorokin (auch auf Kindle verfügbar)     Nächste Besprechungstermine:     Freitag, 10. März     Mittwoch, 15. März           Wer unseren Kreis zunächst unverbindlich kennenlernen möchte, ist herzlich willkommen, an der Buchbesprechung teilzunehmen, auch wenn er/sie das Buch nicht gelesen hat. Interessenten melden sich bei: Marion (61) 99646-4906 whatsup

  • Brasilia – Walking Tours

    Feb 17, 17 • Marion • ExcursionsNo CommentsRead More »

    Although Brasilia seems to be a city mainly designed for car driving instead for pedestrians, there are some areas which can be discovered by foot. Praca 3 Poderes               Memorial JK           Setor Comercial Sul           Vila Planalto HOM-ing now offers the following Walking Tours: ° Vila Planalto ° Praca de 3 Poderes ° Praca Buriti & surroundings ° SCS (Setor Comercial Sul): Caixa Econômica, Banco Central, Galeria das Nacoes, Museu de Correio, CONIC, Rodoviaria) The tours can be booked by groups of min. 4 / max. 6 persons for any day upon prior reservation of min. 7 days before date and subject to availability. Investment: R$ 50 per person  

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