Saturday, 12 March 2011

Open thread - Saturday

In 1966 I went on a school trip to Ouro Preto and Brasilia. The contrasts between the two places couldn't be greater.

Ouro Preto is a colonial town that has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The architecture and all the monuments are carefully preserved. Ouro Preto hasn't changed at all since 1966 (and before).

Brasilia is a monument to modern architecture and will no doubt be preserved as a living tribute to 20th century architecture for future generations. Brasilia was very young at the time of my visit and has changed and grown considerably since then.

Here are some of the photos taken on the school trip in 1966:

This was a journey down memory lane for me, but probably a first Brazilian trip for many readers. I hope you've enjoyed it.