||Los Angeles, California - Travel Guide
The Los Angeles metropolitan area (frequently termed the
"Southland") consists of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside
and Orange counties, and is home to more than sixteen million people
of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. The Greater Los Angeles
area is often referred to as Southern California, but geographically
that term more properly includes both the Los Angeles metroplex
and Imperial, Kern, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
more about Los Angeles.
||Travel to Brazil - Fernando de Noronha
This unique contact with primeval nature makes for unforgettable moments of perfect communion with the environment. The various opportunities for land and sea tours, including underwater activities, attract a large number of Brazilian and foreign tourists.
There are many beaches to choose from on the island. Some are better adapted to diving, others to swimming, contemplation, surfing, etc. In general, the beaches found on the protected side of the main island are ideal for diving and swimming during the months of April through November, due to the extremely calm sea. During the rest of the year, the changing conditions of the sea favor the sport of surfing, especially during January and February
- “Happy Colors, Happy Life”
Regis Silva was born in 1977 in Paraiso, a
town in Central Brazil. Prompted by a dream at the age of 15, he
began frequenting Umbanda ceremonies, the imagery of which would
later influence his multi-media works. Silva began painting quite
spontaneously when, at sixteen, he wandered into an art supply store
and purchased a blank canvas and acrylic paints. It was during a
brief stint in Monterey, California that his first series of paintings
emerged in the form of abstracted jellyfish and other sea creatures.
Later, in his home studio in the Castro neighborhood of San
Francisco, he would integrate found objects, printed matter,
trash, and even the fabric scraps evoking memories of his mother’s
sewing, into his larger-than-life female figures that quite literally
pop off the canvas. At once life-affirming, colorful, voluptuous,
and dark and menacing, these portraits allude to the dichotomies
that exist within each of us. Silva’s latest series of orixá
sculptures in his characteristic style of simple forms in bold colors
reflects his recent research and writing on these Afro-Brazilian
deities. . Read
more about Regis Silva.
||Driver License - Information
Required Documents - You must carry
a valid driver's license from your home state or country. The minimum
age for drivers is 16 with training, 18 without.
and Driving - It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle
with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher. If arrested for driving
under the influence, you must submit to a chemical test to determine
blood alcohol content.
Seat Belts/Restraints - Seal belts must be worn
by all passengers. Children under 4 years old or weighing less than
40 lbs. must be in an approved safety seat. A new state law further
states that children under 6 years old or weighing less than 60
lbs. must be secured in an appropriate child pasenger restraint
(safety seat or booster seat).
Helmets - Required for bicyclist under 18 years
old and all motorcyclists.
Road Conditions - Call the California Department of Transportation
for 24-hour information at (916) 445-1534.
Vehicular Accidents - You must report an accident to the
Department of Motor Vehicles if anyone is injured or killed, or
if more than $500 in damage is incurred.
"Right on Red" - You may turn right at
a red light after making a full stop, unless signs indicate otherwise.