Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Brazil Part 6: Iguassu Falls

Here it is, our final Brazil post. The last stop on our Brazilian tour was Iguassu Falls. This is the second largest water fall in the world. It is right in between Brazil and Argentina, so there is always a fight "the Iguassu falls is ours-" the Brazilians say and the Argentines say " No , it is ours" . Guess what I think? It is ours , of course.

In this video you can see the lookout point we walked to over the falls. This video doesn't do the falls justice. They are so amazing, and are even considered one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. You can also see a water park we went to. We were the only ones at the park, so we had it all to ourselves.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Brazil Part 5: Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre ( in English "Happy Port") was our next stop. We went there to visit my sister Regina and her family.
Porto Alegre is famous for their "churrasco" (barbeque). My brother in law made us a big "churrasco" and it was so good...
Here is my sister, second to the left and her family and some friends
This was when we were saying goodbye

In this video we see Kentchan playing a little Brazilian football. He is our nephew, and Sam's cousin. Next is Sam playing on the swings with the twins Narumi and Yukari. Then Bryce does his magic backflips, and then tries to teach Yukari.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Brazil Part 4: Santos

Sao Vicente (next to Santos) is the oldest city in Brazil. It was founded in 1532 by Portuguese explorers. The town has been recently updated and it is a very pretty place. It is in the Guinness book of world records for the longest beach front garden. If Bryce were to live in Brazil, it would be here.

Marcia's mom grew up there and her aunt still lives there, so we went to visit her and Marcia's cousins.

The first is a picture of a monument dedicated to the foundation of Sao Vicente.

Next is a cool lit up bridge that leads to a neat little island.

This is Sam and Bryce on the beach in Santos

Marcia's aunt and cousin. The little boy holding Sam is Marcia's second cousin Joao. Sam loved him.

In this video you can see Sam on the beach in Santos on a very windy day. That ball kept blowing away from us. The next clip is of Sam and another second cousin named Artur running around in a parking lot.