Tiradentes, the Cutest Town in Brazil?

One of the pleasures of travel is that you never know what you will find. I’d heard about the small town of Tiradentes–that it was a cute colonial town in Brazil–but I didn’t expect it to be so…um…perfect. Tiradentes is a town of about 7000 people in the rural, hilly state of Minas Gerais, about 3 [...]

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The Best of Sao Paulo: Parque Ibirapuera

São Paulo is the world’s 9th largest city by population and also happens to be where my husband was born and raised. It’s a big, noisy, messy city, but it never ceases to surprise me, either with excellent food or with world-class cultural attractions. While I certainly indulged in plenty of excellent food during this [...]

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A Guide to the Fruit in Brazil

One of the things in Brazil that I look forward to the most is the fruit. Not only is the variety of fruit delicious, but it also takes a central role in the daily cuisine, being served at breakfast, for snacks, and as dessert right after lunch and dinner. Brazil is a tropical country with [...]

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Digging Deeper: The Historic Architecture in California

This month’s ArtSmart Roundtable is all about architecture, and I decided to give you a little overview of the architecture of California since there’s more history to be seen here than some might imagine. Because California is one of the westernmost states and had such a strong influence on 20th century culture, many people don’t realize the history that exists [...]

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Loving the Land of Samba: Favorite Things about Brazil

I never imagined that Brazil would become my second home of sorts. As a young traveler I didn’t have much interest in South America, and even after marrying a Brazilian with very strong ties to his homeland, I didn’t feel totally comfortable in the land of Samba. But after several (8? 10?) trips there, Brazil has [...]

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Inspiring Reads, May 2014

There have been more than enough stories in the news lately to leave me feeling down, but I have also found inspiration from other stories. I hope you enjoy this round-up of inspiring reads that I’ve been collecting this spring. Leaving Something Behind: Creating Community with Photos I love this idea of leaving photos behind [...]

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A Guide to Cheap Eats in Brazil

As soccer fans begin to rain down on Brazil for the World Cup, they need to know what to eat without spending a fortune. Many people don’t know how expensive Brazil can be–in São Paulo a meal at a nice but not super fancy restaurant can easily run $50 per person–but fortunately there is plenty of [...]

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