Cherry Hills Village in Colorado

April 1st, 2015 | General | No Comments »

Cherry Hill Trail sign © Xnatedawgx/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cherry Hill Trail sign © Xnatedawgx/cc-by-sa-3.0

The city of Cherry Hills Village is located in Arapahoe County in Colorado. It is a suburb of Denver. The population is at 6,000. It is one of the most affluent places.

The city hosted two PGA Championships (1941 & 1985) and the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open at the Cherry Hills Country Club. According to common stories amongst members, the classic Arnold Palmer iced tea drink is reported to have been started at the Cherry Hills Country Club. Allegedly, Palmer grew angry at the bartender because the bartender refused to mix lemonade in his iced tea.
 

St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls’ high school, which counts former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice among its alumni. It was founded in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto. SMA bestowed the first high school diploma in the Colorado Territory in 1875. It has three times been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as a School of Excellence also known as a Blue Ribbon School. It is among Denver’s Top High Schools.

Kent Denver School, which counts former Secretary of State Madeline Albright among its alumni. It traces its origin back to the 1922 founding of the Kent School for Girls and has existed as a co-educational institution since 1974.

Read more on Cherry Hills Village and Wikipedia Cherry Hills Village.


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Olinda on the Atlantic Ocean

March 28th, 2015 | General | No Comments »

historical center © flickr.com - Prefeitura de Olinda/cc-by-2.0

historical center © flickr.com – Prefeitura de Olinda/cc-by-2.0

Olinda is a historic and one of the oldest cities in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, located on the country’s northeastern Atlantic Ocean coast, just north of Recife and south of Paulista. It has a population of 397,000 people and is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil.

Olinda features a number of major touristic attractions, such as a historic downtown area (UNESCO World Heritage Site), churches, and the Carnival of Olinda, a popular street party, very similar to traditional Portuguese carnivals, with the addition of African influenced dances. Unlike in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, in Olinda, admission to Carnival is free. All the festivities are celebrated on the streets, and there are no bleachers or roping. There are hundreds of small musical groups (sometimes featuring a single performer) in many genres.
 

Besides its natural beauty, Olinda is also one of the most important of Brazil’s cultural centers. Declared in 1982 a Historical and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO, Olinda relives the magnificence of the past every year during the Carnival, in the rhythm of frevo, maracatu and others rhythms.

The main economic activities in Olinda are based in tourism, commerce, transportation industry and artcraft. The tourist sector has a boom every Carnival when thousands of people are in the old historic town center.

Read more on City of Olinda, unesco.org – Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda, LonelyPlanet.com – Olinda and Wikipedia Olinda. Photos by Wikimedia Commons.



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