Le tour du monde

Conte musical créé par les élèves d´UPI et leurs professeurs, Melle Cerdan et M Carrel, Collège Jean Giono, Nice.

"Le soleil n’est jamais si beau qu’un jour où l’on se met en route."
Jean Giono

"Le voyage est un retour vers l’essentiel."
Dicton tibétain

"Tes pieds t’emmeneront là où se trouve ton coeur."
Proverbe chinois


Chapada Diamantina: the heart of Bahia

Bem vindo a Lençóis!
Located in the The Chapada Diamantina National Park, a 1,520 km² national park in the Chapada Diamantina region of Bahia state in the Northeast of Brazil...a paradise with many rivers, streams and cachoeiras (waterfalls), caves, hills, mountains, valleys and monoliths.

Chapada in Brazilian means a region of steep cliffs, a plateau. Diamantina refers to the diamonds found there in the mid 1800s.
The National Park of the Chapada Diamantina (Diamond Plateau) established in 1985, contains an extraordinary variety of ecosystems and is the habitat of many species of plants and animals: bromeliads, orchids and cacti, Jaguatiricas (local feline), mocós (local rodents), deers and teiús (local reptile).

What is now a jewel of ecotourism was once a refuge of diamond hunters.

Cachoeira da Fumaça, 340m; the highest waterfall in Brazil and the second highest in the world, after Salto Angel in Venezuela.

The 'waterfall of smoke' gets its name from the fact that the water evaporates before touching the ground, forming clouds of vapour.

Morro do Pai Inácio, 1.120 m.
The landscape, the geological structure and the vegetal species that grow here are unique!

The hills of the Chapada were created by the erosion process that began in the Pre-Cambrian period, forming towers of minerals known as "TEPUY" by the local Indians who lived in the region before the arrival of the first settlers or “bandeirantes” around 1750.

The most astonishing TEPUY like the Tambor hilltop, the Calumbi (also known as Morro do Camelo, or Camel Back), and the Morro do Pai Inácio, challenge time and feed the local legends.

The Legend of Pai Inácio tells the story of a slave who fell in love with his colonel’s wife. Chased by the guards, he found shelter on the top of the mountain but was discovered and jumped from the summit...that is what everybody thought! He actually hid behind a rock a few meters down the promontory. He then ran away with his loved one and was never found again.

...and another legend was born on January, 15th!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brigadeiro ;p

There is a delicious Brazilian sweet that is like a chocolate called brigadeiro!

It is named after a Brazilian politician in the 1920s, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. He was an Army brigadier general who first gained notoriety for playing a part in quashing a communist coup in Rio.
This is a great type of sweet that is loved in Brazil! Try it! It is very easy! And very addictive :)
You can make it in the microwave too, just remember to stir every minute.

1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon butter
optional topping : 1 package chocolate sprinkles

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix the cocoa, butter and condensed milk.
Put over low heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest.
Let cool.
Butter your hands and roll the mixture into small balls and roll over the chocolate sprinkles.
You can use different toppings: granulated sugar, roasted coconut...

Here is another version of the story of the brigadeiro.

Camila from Rio de Janeiro, United States wrote:

"I love brigadeiros, but let me tell you this story might not be right. It is rumoured that this name was created by someone who didn't like Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes very much... it's about the fact that he had lost one of his testicles during the war (he was shot). Then people during the elections called the candy "brigadeiro" because it doesn't need an egg and "egg" in Portuguese is a slang for "testicle".