This morning I think God decided He'd had enough of me whining about not wanting to leave Brazil! And rightly so. I mean, I know he says I can talk to him about anything, but I forget that he has a trillion or so other voices to listen to. Like a spoilt child demanding what... Continue Reading →
Curves of Architecture: MAC- Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Niterói
This famous creation by Oscar Niemeyer completed in 1996, can be found across the Rio-Niteroi bridge from Rio de Janeiro City. The futuristic building is beyond its time, resembling a floating flying saucer over Niteroi bay. It's circular interior exposes stunning panoramic views across Guanabara Bay, along side a range of Contemporary art. The the basement... Continue Reading →
Lapa… Stepping Up!
You'll probably recognise these steps from the scenes of Snoop Dog ft Pharell music video - Beautiful... And these steps are just that! The iconic, world-famous Escadaria Selarón steps lie a short stroll from the roman-style arches of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On a visit you might actually be lucky enough to bump... Continue Reading →
Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer)
Situated on the crown of the 700-metre Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, Cristo Redentor overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro with arms out stretched, blessing the city also know as 'Cidade Maravilhosa- Marvelous City'. Expect large crowds during peak season, and waiting times for a tram will be long. However it's... Continue Reading →
Goodbye 2012… Well hello 2013!
New Year's Eve spent on Copacabana beach... #priceless But there is a pricey price tag to see the New Year in a bit of style and luxury if you want to avoid the crowds and it's estimated 2 million visitors to take to the beach on NYE! Hotels offer private parties and the views are... Continue Reading →
MAM: Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
The building it's self is a stand alone piece, exhibiting concrete curves and sharp symmetrical lines. Intriguing exhibitions of Brazilian and South American modern art. It's worth a look at their book shop which is very basic, but houses an interesting selection of art and photography books. Overall, a very good flow... Av. Infante Dom... Continue Reading →
National Historical Museum, Rio de Janeiro
Away from the tourist attractions of Sul Rio, wonder in to Centro, Rio's historical centre where you'll find the Museu Histórico Nacional situated. It's worth spending a few hours to grasp a deeper understanding of Brazil's history. Also home to The Line restaurant. Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil... Continue Reading →
´Highlighting Brazil’s Complex African Identity And Race Issues´… My response
This is a comment I left on The African or Black Question TAOBQ blog; ´Highlighting Brazil's Complex African Identity And Race Issues` Thank you for referencing my post ´a lighter shade of black...` I´d like to give my opinion on a point made ´But what's up with the Brazilian love for the word "Afro", which... Continue Reading →
“Ay calor!”… Things are heating up in Rio!
If I leave Rio having learnt just one new word, it would have to be "calor"- "heat". And to say it the correct Carioca way would simply be (with lots of sensuality); "Ay Calooor!" Don't forget to repeat it at least 5 times to yourself and anyone else around you- just in case they too have... Continue Reading →
You are ‘who you meet!’… And what you eat!
I'm honestly so humbled to meet so many good people during my travels who have some positive influence on me. Brazil has been no exception. After a meeting up with a group at Parque Large, organised by Rio Walkers, we headed to Lapa by bus. I got talking to Alberto. It wasn't long before I... Continue Reading →