The Museum of Pernambuco State covers an area of 9043 m2, with ample parking and gardens adorned with sculptures and ceramic vessels Portuguese. The main entrance is guarded by two bronze griffins: eagle's head, lion's body and serpent's tail. Statues of Zouaves, ie French infantrymen made in Algeria, whose uniform was copied by other localities, including volunteers Homeland Bahian who fought in the Paraguayan War (1865-1870), flank the staircase that leads to the front terrace Museum, where they are marble, the Muses, which govern the Arts: Memmosina, more memory and 7 of his nine daughters with Zeus = Jupiter, which are: Euterpe, music; Polímmnnia, the muse of rhetoric; Erato, poetry, Melpomene, tragedy, Thalia, comedy, Clio of history, and Calliope, the epic. In a cannon Dutch side terrace, brass, with 3 meters long and 4 cannons behind the Museum of the Portuguese artillery, complement the collection of armory. http://www.cultura.pe.gov.br/museu.html
Here's your soundtrack. Okay, maybe they're not exactly brazillian but their music is awesome and their live shows legendary.Now, Brazil covers almost half of South America and its Amazon rainforest is the world's largest jungle... which is rapidly getting cut down. The country is basically one giant botanical garden with some bangin' cities on its edges.Brazil was colonized in 1808 by the royal court of Portugal, which was fleeing Napolean's troops. They didn't stay long, and Brazil won its independence in 1822.Its biggest city, Sao Paulo, is the financial hub of South America. Brazil is the "b" in BRIC -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four were labeled the world's fastest developing large economies in the year 2001.Brazil is known for three things: amazingly beautiful women, carnival, and Pele -- King of Football, Athlete of the Century, football ambassador of the world and a declared national treasure.Brazillians can tell foreigners a mile away, by the way their hips move. Samba is built into the soul of brazil and carnival is when it bursts out into twenty-four hour undying explosions of sound on every street.This picture of mask diving at the Taipus reefs makes me shed hot and salty tears all over my calendar, which is set on "January" right now.Text by Steve Smith.