Jaszczurówka Chapel, Zakopane, Poland

Jaszczurówka Chapel, Zakopane, Poland

The Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Jaszczurówka Chapel) is a Roman Catholic Church built in Zakopane Style between 1904 and 1907. The building was erected by “goral” carpenters under the supervision of Aurelian Blocha, who is said to the be the designer of the church’s main altars. The Goral people are an ethnic group primarily found in Southern Poland and Northern Slovakia. Continue reading Jaszczurówka Chapel, Zakopane, Poland

A Visit to Santos, Brazil

A Visit to Santos, Brazil

I am not sure which might be more loved by Brazilians; coffee or football. What better way to dive into the local flavor of the region, than a visit to the Brazilian Coffee Museum. Located in the former Official Coffee Exchange building, the Museu do Café offers exhibits intended to give information about the history of coffee in Brazil. Besides nearly 500 trophies, there are life-size photos, banners, documents, uniforms, and soccer balls, making the Santos Football Museum an interesting stop. Santos Botanical Gardens displays over 100 species of orchids and is home to a few peacocks, iguanas and turtles. Continue reading A Visit to Santos, Brazil

Street Art in Rio

Street Art in Rio

Rio de Janeiro has always been known as one of the most vibrant cities in South America. Several years ago, the Brazilian government passed a law, making street art legal and thus began the evolution from typical graffiti to street murals. These photos were taken along the avenue leading to the new Aqua Rio Aquarium, built just before the Olympic games were held in Rio. Continue reading Street Art in Rio

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

One cannot help but notice the contrast between urban development within the City itself and the age-old East African culture still practiced in the out-skirting rural communities. The Makumbusho Village Museum is a unique museum where one can learn about the cultures of the many ethnic groups of Tanzania. This open-air museum displays a number of furnished houses from across Tanzania, offering visitors a depiction of life throughout this fascinating country. Traditional dance and music performances are offered to further enhance the visitors experience. Continue reading Dar es Salaam, Tanzania