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

    Mar 4, 17 • Marion • Cultural life, Excursions, TopicsComments Off on Visits to Brazilian artists’ ateliers – textile production & design: Tecelagem Artesanal de UnaiRead 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 min. 8 persons on

  • Walking Tour: Vila Planalto

    Feb 23, 17 • Marion • ExcursionsComments Off on Walking Tour: Vila PlanaltoRead 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

  • Brasilia – Walking Tours

    Feb 17, 17 • Marion • ExcursionsComments Off on Brasilia – Walking ToursRead 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  

  • Vila Planalto – Restaurants: Churrasqueira Vila Brasas

    Sep 1, 16 • Marion • Gastronomia, TopicsComments Off on Vila Planalto – Restaurants: Churrasqueira Vila BrasasRead More »

    The restaurant Vila Brasas offers rodizio each day for lunch time. It is located at the marginal road of the Vila Planalto parallel to the road which leads to the Palacio Alvorada, opposite of the Petrobras fuel station.   The access is easy and as it counts with a shadow parking space next to the restaurant, it also is a safe place to visit. Hom-ing negotiated a special price which includes the meals (rodizio of meat and buffet of trimmings) and non-alcoholic drinks (water, refrigerants, juices and coffee), – all “as much as you can eat”. Number of participants: min. 10 persons Special price: R$ 70,– per person (valid as per Sept. 1, 2016 till further notice) Adress: Vila Planalto, Acampamento Rabelo, Av. Contorno, Tel. 3306-1006 Contact us for arranging the reservation for your group

  • City Tour 2: Walking Tour in Vila Planalto

    Aug 10, 16 • Marion • Excursions, TopicsComments Off on City Tour 2: Walking Tour in Vila PlanaltoRead More »

    Vila Planalto is the oldest quarter of Brasilia. It was built up to host the engineers and workers who constructed the city. Its location between the Esplanada dos Ministerios and the Palacio da Alvorada nowadays is most attractive for the citizens to live near to the center and at the same time in a quiet area. Till today, some old wooden houses can be seen. While walking through Vila Planalto you will experience a typical Brazilian village atmosphere and know restaurants and shops. On Wednesdays and Thursdays you’ll have the opportunity to make your shoppings of fresh products at the weekly market. At the end of the tour, we will have lunch at one of the buffet restaurants. You may book this tour for any day of the week. Ideal tour for parents and small children.   Duration: 2 hours Number of participants: 1 – 5 persons Fee: € 60 (or equivalent in Reais) (cost for lunch not included)  

  • City Tour 1: Setor Militar Urbano (SMU) – Cruzeiro Velho

    Aug 4, 16 • Marion • Excursions, TopicsComments Off on City Tour 1: Setor Militar Urbano (SMU) – Cruzeiro VelhoRead More »

    The Military Sector is really worth to be visited with its buildings by Oscar Niemeyer and the Praca dos Cristais designed by Burle Marx. We will walk around this area and after that continue to the quarter of Cruzeiro Velho to visit the market hall (feira permanente) where you may make your shoppings of fresh products. The tour ends with a lunch in one of the restaurants nearby. This tour is suitable for parents with small children and may be booked for any day of the week.   Duration: 3 hours Nr. of participants: 1-4 Fee: € 80 (or equivalent in Reais)

  • Restaurant “Dona Graca”, Vila Planalto

    Mar 4, 16 • Marion • Gastronomia, TopicsComments Off on Restaurant “Dona Graca”, Vila PlanaltoRead More »

    Graca Veras from Piaui is the owner and chef de cozinha of this restaurant in Vila Planalto . She is running the restaurant since 1992,  assisted from the beginning by her son Marcelo Veras who shares his mom’s passion for the traditional North-Eastern culinary. Dona Graca’s specialities are “cabrito ao molho de leite de coco”, “galinha caipira ao molho pardo” and “Carne de Sol com mandioca e queijo coalho”, to mention only some. All options are served with  “arroz, feijão, farofa, salada e pirão”. Cabrito ao molho         –            Carne de Sol Galinha Caipira (d’Angola) Also the variety of natural juices is worth to be mentioned; one can choose – beside the more common ones – among mangaba, murici, seriguela, cupuacu and umbu. On Fridays, feijoada is part of the menu, and -additionally with live music in the background – you happily start into your weekend. The restaurant is open Monday – Friday from 11.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vila Planalto, Acampamento Pacheco Fernandes, Rua 07 casa 15 3032-1062 / 8211-0747  

  • Lei Maria da Penha – against violence towards women.

    Aug 7, 15 • Marion • TopicsComments Off on Lei Maria da Penha – against violence towards women.Read More »

    The Brazilian law n° 11.340/2006, known as Law „Maria da Penha“, defines and condemns inacceptable abuse and inhuman brutality practiced in families and homes against women. It was signed on August 7, 2006 by President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva. Since then, the Brazilian society and politics proved to have changed their mentality and view on the problem of violence against women which is not anymore a private issue but became a public matter. The Law „Maria da Penha“ has gained a huge popularity among Brazilians (about 98% of the population have knowledge about its existence / content). By the United Nations, the Law „Maria da Penha“ is judged as one of the world’s 3 best legislations treating with violence against women. Its content had also been recognized by recommendation through the „Convention of Belém of Pará“ (Convencao Interamericana para Prevenir, Punir e Erradicar a Violência contra a Mulher) and the UN Convention of Elimination of all kinds of discrimination of the Woman (CEDAW), – both of which Brazil had under-signed. Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes was a pharmacist from Ceará and had been treated with brutality by his husband Marco Antonio Heredia Viveiros during 6 years of marriage. In 1983, she almost lost her life by 2 attacks of her husband, the first of which made her paraplegic, and her story draw attention all over the world. Maria da

  • NEX – Jaguar project

    Jul 28, 15 • Marion • ExcursionsComments Off on NEX – Jaguar projectRead More »

    NEX- No extinction  is a NGO dedicated to the defense and preservation of wild cats threatened by extinction. The Fazenda Preto Velho where this project is settled, is located about 80 km outside Brasília. We leave at 9 a.m. (from a meeting point, sharing cars) and return around 5 p.m. Program: – 9.30 a.m. Welcome coffee with explications to the project’s dedication and work – tour through the huge area guided by Rogerio who presents each wild cat and tells us its story behind – free time for a refreshing bath at a nearby waterfall within the fazenda’s territory, for relaxing in one of the hammocks or for visiting the araras’ area – lunch prepared by the social project “Onças ajudando gente” (“Wild cats helping people”), from the neighbour village Aparecida de Loiola, and its cook Patricia. – show time!! The tutors feed the animals demonstrating the brutal change of behaviour of the wild cats while being feeded. Great experience! – snack and time for exchanging experiences and asking more questions. – T-Shirts and other souvenirs can be purchased, the net profit of the sales also helps to finance this project. – 3.30 p.m. end of visit   Tickets (cash only): Adults – R$ 100,00 Children – R$ 50,00 (6 to 10) Children below 5 years of age are free   General conditions & remarks: – reservations with HOM-ing (by

  • Tablecloths & napkins with typical Brazilian motives

    Apr 28, 15 • Marion • TopicsComments Off on Tablecloths & napkins with typical Brazilian motivesRead More »

    A nice memory for your stay in Brazil and a lovely present for your beloves at home or for friends who are leaving: 100% cotton tissue with colourful motives: Borboleta 1 Borboleta 2 Borboleta 3 Borboleta 4 Araras Araras & Tucans Floral Exotic animals Flowers & colibri (with blue or black background) (for middle table cloth only,-  not for napkins) Angola hen   Examples for price category 2 (all designs excluding exotic animals, colibri & flowers and floral): Middle table cloth 150 x 150 for R$ 80 Set of 12 napkins for R$ 130 Set of middle table cloth PLUS 12 napkins for R$ 200 Table cloth 150 x 240 for R$ 140,– Any other size for table cloths (width 150cm) can be ordered. Recommendation: Complete your middle table cloths and napkins of choice with an under-table cloth of plain color. Ask for an individual offer. Conditions: – down-payment of 50% of total order value – remaining payment upon delivery – all payments in cash – prices include packaging and home delivery  

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