We made a quick run through Belo Horizonte visiting the Pampulha suburb due to the presence of several Niemeyer buildings that were built around a man made lake. The most distinctive was a small church dedicated to St. Francis.
|The front of the church.|
|The large mural on the back side.|
|An art museum deisgned by Niemeyer - was originally a casino until gambling was outlawed in Brazil.|
|At the museum we got a great surprize when a herd of Capybara ambled up out of the lake. Largest rodents in the world - think of them like large beavers without tails and webbed hoof paws.|
|Laura shows how big they were.|
|Later they went and played in the museum fountain.|
|Oh and there was a presidential election while we were in Brazil. There were ads and supporters everywhere. Also we learned that it is mandatory to vote in Brazil.|