Day 2 - Friday 7th May: On the Lake:
We spent the morning sailing on the Lagoa Paranoa on board the
“Imagination”, around the Puente Juscelino Kubitschek (Bridge).
roundtable where we introduced ourselves. Several topics where
Lunch was served on board. After an attempt to a group photo, we
disembarked and visited the “Blue Church”.
We then split into 2 groups, one going to meet the Civil Aviation
(ANAC) as they try to stream line their system of entry into the
country, while the other went to the Gem Museum.
We closed the day with a ‘surprise’ diner somewhere…
After bussing along a bush trek, we were taken in an ‘open cockpit’
Jeep to a private airfield. In an immaculate hangar, with a black and
white tiled floor (Wipe your feet, please…) was a superb Stearman. On
the grass a J3 Cub and an Army Bird Dog and RXE, ‘Romeo’, Gerard and
A multitude of pizzas were prepared and baked, washed with excellent
A remarquable evening, a proper ending for a very pleasant day.
Day 4 - Sunday 9th May: Brasilia and go-karting:
We were taken on a City Tour this morning. Billy, our Guide was a very
knowledgeable man who saw the creation of Brasilia and lived here since.
We saw Mass in the church of Our Lady of Fatima and in the Catedral
Then a long visit of the Memorial JK, in honour
of Juscelino Kubitschek, the father of Brasilia, and then to most of
the public buildings. A vibrant and dynamic architecture all along.
The history of the foundation of the City, some 50 years ago, is
fascinating, with the fight to convince governments and embassies to move
away from the coast and start developing the interior.
We had lunch at the “Oca da Triba”, a traditional restaurant.
In the afternoon we went karting! A new experience for some!!
In the evening we had the last of our roundtables. A few interesting
decisions were taken, including that the next meeting will take place in Florida,
during Sun-n-fun, with Bob Gannon as our host.