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Sao Paolo, Queen of Latin American Fashion
Sao Paolo has long been the Queen of Fashion for Latin Americans but it is not to be neglected on the world stage. Sao Paolo ranks in the top ten fashion capitals along with Paris, New York, London, Barcelona and Madrid. Brazil produces top designers, fashion houses and top models. Sao Paolo Fashio
Oscar de la Renta - Fashion Superstar
Dominican born Oscar de la Renta rose to fame in the early 1960s as couturier to the elegant first lady, Jaqueline Kennedy. Since that time he has designed gowns for numerous First Ladies, European royals, and Hollywood stars, adorning them in timeless beauty for their most important occasions.
Brazil's Indigenous and Uncontacted People
When the first Europeans arrived they met semi-nomadic Native American tribes. The Portuguese were stunned by hundreds of thousands of natives thriving along the coast with an abundance of natural riches. They perceived the natives as noble savages living in harmony with the natural world.
Maya’s Notebook – A Review
One of Latin America’s foremost writers, Isabel Allende’s previous works such as The House of the Spirits have become classics noted for their feminine perspective, intense romance and struggle, and magical realism. Her 2013 novel, Maya’s Notebook is from a different voice.
Chocolate - Ancient Drink of the Gods
Treasured by native Mesoamericans for thousands of years, chocolate is the most significant cultural gift from the New World. Cacao beans highly prized and endowed with magical and spiritual powers were originally used to make a chocolate drink for the most elite of Mesoamerican society.
Christmas in Cuba
Christmas celebration in Cuba is exclusive in character and flavor. Fidel Castro, after declaring Cuba to be an atheist nation, banned the celebration of Christmas in 1969. What has happened since then?
The Infatuations Book Review
Javier Marias’ new novel, The Infatuations is engrossing and enticingly driven by an ostensibly random murder that is revealed to be much more through the unique view of a woman’s endlessly expanding imaginings.
Christmas in Peru
Peruvians love the Christmas holiday and it is a very special time. Christmas celebrations in Peru are a blend of the traditions of the native American and Spanish traditions. Peruvians embrace the Christmas spirit and make it their own with their unique customs.
Christmas in Costa Rica
During Christmas season Costa Ricans, or Ticos as they are affectionately known, enjoy a plethora of parades, fiestas, and traditions. In the true spirit of Christmas, the season begins with the annual Telethon, forty-eight hours of concerts launched to raise funds for Children’s Hospital.
Christmas in Brazil
Christmas in Brazil is celebrated enthusiastically with a focus on family, religious services, vibrant decorations, fabulous food and colorful customs derived from its blend of diverse ethnic cultures. Brazil has unique traditions for the holiday such as Las Pastores, and Amigos Secretos.
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