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Montserrat to the beat of the Batucada

The word “batucada” itself is derived from the Portuguese verb “batucar,” which means to beat or to strike, emphasizing the percussive nature of this musical style.

La Batucada” refers to a style of Brazilian percussive music, often associated with Carnival celebrations and parades. It originated in Brazil, particularly in Rio de Janeiro, and has become popular worldwide.

Key features of Batucada include the use of various percussion instruments, such as drums, tambourines, shakers, and other handheld percussion instruments. The rhythm is lively, energetic, and often played at a fast tempo, creating an infectious and vibrant atmosphere.

Batucada music is closely tied to Brazilian samba, and the term “batucada” can also refer to a group of musicians or drummers who perform this style of music. These groups, known as batucada ensembles, often participate in Carnival processions, street festivals, and other celebratory events.

This video was shot in the center of Barcelona and allows you to rhythmically follow the splendid views of the Pyrenees and the mountains around the Montserrat site.

Montserrat

Montserrat is a unique and iconic mountain range located near Barcelona, Spain. The site is renowned for its distinctive serrated rock formations and the Benedictine monastery, Santa Maria de Montserrat, perched on its slopes. This sacred destination holds cultural, religious, and natural significance. The Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery houses the statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, a revered black Madonna. Pilgrims and visitors from around the world come to witness this sacred site. The mountainous landscape offers breathtaking views of Catalonia and the Mediterranean. In addition to its religious importance, Montserrat is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking trails that lead to various vantage points. The unique rock formations, shaped by erosion, add to the allure of the site.

THE MOLOKOI TRAIL (French Guiana)

“The ‘Molokoi Trail’ in French Guiana is a hiking trail located in the Amazon rainforest region of French Guiana. In Creole, ‘Molokoi’ means tortoise. This trail offers a unique opportunity to discover the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest. The trail is 18 km long. The trail is quite challenging, with elevation changes, river crossings, rugged terrain, and very muddy sections, even during the dry season. The trail includes a shelter with hammocks approximately 11 km from the start of the hike (from the national road), where you can spend the night. There are facilities for making a fire, and the nearby river water can be used after filtering for the remainder of the journey the next morning. The second section is 7 km long, leading to Cacao. This video provides an overview of this trail during a 30-hour immersion in the Amazon rainforest. Enjoy!!

The rice fields of Awala

The ancient rice fields of western French Guiana, also known as the “rizières de l’Ouest” or “rizières de Mana”, are historic sites that bear witness to the region’s rice-growing history. These rice fields were once farmed mainly by slaves and indentured laborers, contributing to French Guiana’s colonial economy.The history of rice paddies in western Guyana dates back to the time of European colonization, when settlers introduced rice cultivation to the region to meet the growing demand for agricultural produce. These rice fields were often laid out along rivers and marshes, taking advantage of the region’s tropical climate and fertile soils for growing rice.Over time, Guyana’s rice industry has evolved and undergone significant changes, including periods of prosperity and decline. The ancient rice fields of western Guyana are now historical relics that serve as a reminder of the economic importance of rice growing in the development of the region.

The Kaw Swamp “Marais de Kaw”

The Marais de Kaw is an exceptional site located in French Guiana, South America. It is a vast area of marshes and wetlands covering approximately 94,700 hectares in southern French Guiana. The Marais de Kaw is remarkable for its biodiversity. It is home to a wide variety of plant, animal, and bird species. Some iconic species in the region include jaguars, spectacled caimans, manatees, and numerous species of waterfowl.In 2006, the Marais de Kaw was designated as a Ramsar site, meaning it is internationally recognized as a wetland of international importance. This designation aims to protect the biodiversity and crucial ecological functions of these areas. The marsh plays a vital role in the ecological balance of the region. It acts as a natural water reservoir, regulating floods and contributing to water purification. Moreover, it supports a variety of aquatic and terrestrial species, making it a vital ecosystem. Due to its ecological significance, the Marais de Kaw is subject to strict conservation measures to preserve its fragile ecosystem.

Diamond Falls and Fourgassier Falls, Cacao Village

Cacao Village (Southeastern French Guiana). A Hmong village, the ‘outcasts’ of Southeast Asia, who settled in Guyana in 1977 in the village of Cacao (an Amerindian name). Initially met with resistance, they are now fully integrated into the multiethnic fabric of Guyana. They have developed remarkable agricultural production, making a significant contribution to Guyana’s economic development. It’s like a piece of Laos transplanted to South America, with vast agricultural expanses, a wide variety of flowers, and cherished Laotian culinary specialties (with over an hour-long wait to taste the typical soup). You can also explore two popular waterfall areas in Guyana: Diamond Falls and Fourgassier Falls.

Around 1240, the Benedictines, after having left their priory located in the enclosure of the castle of Mondoubleau, settled near Choue. Only the chapel remains of these buildings.

Pêcheries of Saint-Brévin-Les-Pins

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