A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
JANUARY 2008: Stars
Once a calm fishing village, at present Canoa Quebrada has grown to a tourist attraction in the state of Ceará. The town was “discovered” by French filmmakers and hippies in the sixties and seventies of the last century. Not much later, the first tourists arrived, and the first accommodations appeared. Nowadays, many tourists pay a visit to Canoa Quebrada, not only for its natural beauty but also for its sparkling nightlife. The beaches of Canoa are bordered by high sand cliffs (falésias) with their bright orange, red and brown hues. Especially at sunrise and at sunset, these colorful cliffs offer spectacular contrasts with the bluish hues of the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening and at night, tourists enjoy a large number of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The principal street is named Broadway. At day, I noticed this starred street, apparently the local Walk of Fame.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2008, 2016
Walk of Fame at Canoa Quebrada Beach? (CE)
Once a simple village of fishermen, now one of the most beloved beach locations in Brazil, about 165 km east of Fortaleza. One man – Francisco José do Nascimento – was born here, whose refusal to participate in slave transport gave him the nickname “Dragão do Mar”, Sea Dragon. It was not until the seventies of the past century when the small village was discovered by hippies, and not much later by European (most French) film makers. Believe it or not, the main avenue in Canoa Quebrada is called Broadway. Indeed, a relatively wide avenue. Very quiet at day. Only a few people will be met then. Maybe a number of tourists at the small local supermarket. At night, tourist know to find the bars, the restaurants, the night clubs. When I was there with a large group of students, we enjoyed the bars at night, and went to visit the night clubs after midnight. We jumped from a reggae bar to a night club with dance music, and back to reggae, followed by more dance, and even more reggae. Almost all night long. Talking about Broadway… We observed this curvy path near the beach. A cobble stone path, full of stars, as I have seen earlier in Los Angeles. This beach path should be called the walk of fame? At least, it was me who had walked there…
The original picture was taken in January 2008.
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