Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flat Stanley Visits Porto Alegre, Brasil

Hello again everyone.  This is another post for my cousin Sami about Flat Stanley's adventures here in Brasil.  This post is about the mini vacation we took with Flat down in Porto Alegre, Brasil.  Porto Alegre is the capital  and largest city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It was founded in 1769 by Manuel Sepúlveda and its population is about 1.5 million people. Although it is much smaller than São Paulo, Porto Alegre is the tenth most populous city in Brasil. Porto Alegre is a really beautiful city with a lot of things to do and see but we only had a few days here.  But we will be back (you have to say this in a terminator voice).

The first place we visited was the Mercado Municipal, which means Public Market.  The building is a landmark and was built in 1869.  The market has over 100 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, crafts, snacks, plants, and lots of other cool stuff!  

This is a cool video of Flat in the center of the market!

Here are some other photos of Flat in the market and all the cool stuff he found.

Flat found some really good bacalhau (ba-cal-yowe), which means cod fish!!  YUM!

Flat upstairs with a view to the main floor.  Look at all those vendors!!!

YAY!!  Flat found some sticky rice for Rachel, Sami's mommy!!!

Flat had to buy some veggies because he likes to eat well!
Flat even found some drums for Sami's Uncle David to play!

After this we walked around the city.  It was getting very hot when we stumbled on the Igreja Das Dores.  Igreja means Church in Portuguese.  This is the oldest church in Porto Alegre.  It was built between 1807 to 1904.  That is a long time! 

Flat outside the Igreja das Dores.

The inside of the Igreja das Dores.
We left the church and then went to Mario Quintana Cultural Center.  WOW! This is such a cool and interesting building. The building was originally a hotel called The Majestic Hotel.  Mario Quintana was a Brasilian poet who lived in the hotel between 1968 to 1980.  It is now a cultural center with a movie theater, a book store, and a beautiful garden and cafe on the roof.

Flat with Cousin Michael on the roof garden.

Yes...this is a bathtub filled with plants. 

We were so tired we stopped to have some pastries and drinks.

Flat wanted a beer but we told him NO!  He is too young for a beer!
Ice Cream Float for Flat!

Brasilian pastries and cookies for me and Flat!  YUM!

What else did we find?  Well, we found lots of cool old buildings.

This is the Beira-Rio Stadium.  Beira-Rio is the second biggest stadium in the Rio Grande do Sul state where lots and lots of soccer games are played.
It was also one of the stadiums for the 2014 World Cup.  

And, before we left, we took Flat on a ferry ride on the river so that he could see the sun set.

And, when we were waiting in the airport to go home we had to get something to eat.  We found a pizza place and Flat said that it reminded him of pizza from New York City.  It was sooooooooooooooooooooooo good!

Flat hopes that you and your classmates enjoyed this trip to Porto Alegre, Brasil.  
Love you!  

Cousin Michael (and Flat)