sábado, 17 de dezembro de 2011

Cow Parade

Cow Parade is an international public art exhibit that has been featured in major world cities. Fiberglass sculptures of cows are decorated by local artists, and distributed over the city centre, in public places such as train stations, important avenues, and parks. They often feature artwork and designs specific to local culture, as well as city life and other relevant themes. After the exhibition in the city, which lasts many months, the cows are auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity.

domingo, 11 de dezembro de 2011

quarta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2011

Tram of Santa Teresa

The tram goes into the heart of the district. All you have to do now is enjoy the bohemian lifestyle of Santa Teresa. On Guimarães Sqaure there is a collection of favorite restaurants and bars serving iced beer and good hors d’oeuvres. The tram tracks lead to Largo das Neves, with its lovely old houses dating from the 1850s and the 1860’s Igreja Nossa Senhora das Neves (Church of Our Lady of the Snow), as well as a series of very popular bars. After a serious accident involving one of the trams, the service was suspended and has no date to return to work. The city is working to get the service back to work soon.

domingo, 4 de dezembro de 2011

A heron (One)

Yesterday was a cloudy Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Strolling through the gardens of the Catete Palace I found this beautiful heron that was my model for a long time.

sexta-feira, 2 de dezembro de 2011

Flamengo Park

Also known as Aterro do Flamengo, the Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes Park is the largest leisure area of Rio de Janeiro. The place has a strong sport tradition. Flamengo Park is the arrival point of marathons, besides being one of the main segments of Rio's Cycling Race. With its 1.2 million m² of lawns, flowering shrubs and trees is one of the loveliest and most important landscaping areas in the city. Running along the shoreline from the Santos Dumont Airport to Botafogo Bay, this park offers a wide array of attractions.During the 2016 Summer Olympics, the park will serve as host to athletics, and road cycling events. 
During the 2016 Summer Paralympics, the park will serve as host to track and fieldmarathon and road cycling events. In the background we see the Sugar Loaf is one of the main postcards of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

quinta-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2011

Tiradentes Square

In the center of the square is the oldest public statue in Rio de Janeiro. Inaugurated by Dom Pedro II in 1862, Dom Pedro I honor her as a symbol of the strength of the Empire. On a horse, and surrounded by indigenous allegories, the Emperor has in hand the "Manifesto to Friendly Nations," he announced to the world the independence of Brazil.

terça-feira, 29 de novembro de 2011

Agoutis

The Republic Square, also known as Campo de Santana, is situated in the center of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The name of the square is a reference to the fact be located where there was the Proclamation of the Republic of Brazil in 1889.

In area, it is possible to find several species of animals living in freedom, such as agoutis,guinea fowl, cats, ducks and peacocks.

domingo, 27 de novembro de 2011

Opening of Christmas Tree at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

This year, the largest floating Christmas tree in the world features a unique floating gifts at its base, that resemble the gatherings on Christmas Eve. Christmas Tree once again arrives at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon as a gift for the Brazilian family, toasting the joy of Christmas with a moving and huge light, fireworks and magical display.

sexta-feira, 25 de novembro de 2011

quinta-feira, 24 de novembro de 2011

Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain (in Portuguese, Pão de Açúcar), is a peak situated in Rio de JaneiroBrazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 metres (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.

terça-feira, 22 de novembro de 2011

Guanabara Bay

Guanabara Bay  is an oceanic bay located in southeastern Brazil in the state of Rio de Janeiro. On its western shore lies the city of Rio de Janeiro, and on its eastern shore the cities of Niterói and São Gonçalo. Four other municipalities surround the bay's shores. Guanabara Bay is the second largest bay in area in Brazil. Its 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) wide mouth is flanked at the eastern tip by the Pico do Papagaio (Parrot's Peak) and the western tip by Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf).

segunda-feira, 21 de novembro de 2011

Two Brothers Hill in the background

One of the loveliest postcards of Rio de Janeiro, the Dois Irmãos Mountain in the South Zone of Rio should not be admired from a distance only. Around it, where there is already a belvedere - the Sétimo Céu (Seventh Heaven) giving a sweeping panorama of Ipanema, Leblon and São Conrado beaches as well as of Arpoador and of the Christ the Redeemer mountain.

sábado, 19 de novembro de 2011

Lilies in Flamengo's Park

Aterro do Flamengo has 1.2 km2 and it was opened in 1964 and protected by the historical patrimony in 1965. Inside Aterro do Flamengo there is an area called Parque do Flamengo (Flamengo´s Park). It has a great variety of trees and it’s a big area with soccer fields, tennis courts , basketball courts , bike way, “children’s city”, suspended gardens , barbecue house and even the Beach.

sexta-feira, 18 de novembro de 2011

Quinze de Novembro Square

The Quinze de Novembro Square was originally a morass of mangrove swamps where ships and boats boarded. 
As part of the nation's heritage, it was here that the history of Rio de Janeiro began. After recent modernization and reurbanization projects undertaken by the City Council, bars, restaurants, open-air fairs, museums and colorful crowds all endow this square with a special charm.

quinta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2011

Palm trees

Last winter I made this photo on Red Beach, south of Rio de Janeiro. The blue sky was amazing.
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Skywatch Friday

terça-feira, 15 de novembro de 2011

Monument in Red Beach

A beautiful beach, with steeply sloped sands, Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) conquers its tourists with its exotic, luxuriant and strange glamour.
Sorounded by coconut and bamboo trees, this place is just another charming oasis of peace and calm in Rio de Janeiro, blessed with cacti, orchids, bromeliads and grassy bushes.
It is a military area where there is a monument with this beautiful lake.

segunda-feira, 14 de novembro de 2011

Facade of Glória Church with Corcovado in the background

Besides its beautiful location and popularity as a worshipping place, the Gloria Church played an important role in the imperial period of Brazil, starting with the arrival of D. João VI in 1808. The layout was innovative for the time, and consists of two interwined octagonal prisms, giving the church an almost round, singular appearance. It has only one tower, below which is a kind of porch, also having a admirable limestone doorway. 

sábado, 12 de novembro de 2011

quinta-feira, 10 de novembro de 2011

Statue of St. Sebastian

Statue of St. Sebastian in the neighborhood of Gloria, south of Rio

In the middle of Russell Square, showing the importance of this place, which was the scene of the battle that resulted in the expulsion of French from Rio de Janeiro on January 20, 1567, in which Estacio de Sa was injured, there is the Monument to Saint Sebastian, patron of the City of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. Every year on January 20, the procession of San Sebastian coming out of the Church of St. Sebastian of the Capuchin Friars in Tijuca ending on statue, which is interpreted Auto life of the saint.

quarta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2011

Japanese Garden

A true ecological sanctuary. This would be a fair definition of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens, one of the ten most important in the world. Besides housing the rarest species of plants from the flora of Brazil and other countries, it is also an excellent leisure option for children and adults and a delight for those who wish to contemplate nature. 

terça-feira, 8 de novembro de 2011

Sugar Loaf cable car

Considered to be one of the safest in the world by international agencies of passenger cable cars, it has never had an accident with casualties. The current lines have safety devices with alarm at all points.

Every morning, before receiving the first tourists, the cable cars have a trial run. The route is entirely programmed by electronic equipment that checks 47 safety items. 

sábado, 5 de novembro de 2011

Candelária Church

The impressive façade of the Candelária Church rises tranquilly from the bustling financial center of Rio downtown, in the heart of an area rich in cultural attractions. Built in the XVIII Century, its ground-plan is designed in the shape of a Latin cross; lined with marble, its masonry facades feature elaborate bronze doors, with its entire history painted on the walls. This is one of the loveliest churches in Rio de Janeiro

quinta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2011

Reflections in the lake

The Botanical Garden has an important research institute, which develops a wide range of botanical studies in Brazil. The institute has taxonomists who specialize in the identification and conservation of the neotropical flora. The gardens house collections that include bromeliads, orchids, carnivorous plants, and cacti.These include Brazil’s largest botanical library and collections of dried fruits, rare Brazilian plants, and many photographs.

quarta-feira, 2 de novembro de 2011

Leme Beach

Leme and Copacabana share the same stretch of Brazilian beach, however the two beaches are very different. Leme tends to be tamer than Copacabana and has more of a family orientated atmosphere. Many young families relax here while their kids play in the sand and surf. 
Leme is located towards the north side of Copacabana beach. It's the closest beach to Sugar Loaf Mountain and offers fantastic views of the cable cars as they make their way up and down the mountain. 

terça-feira, 1 de novembro de 2011

Marina da Glória

In the downtown area, between Santos Dumont airport and the World War II Monument in Brigadier Eduardo Gomes Park – Aterro da Glória, the Marina serves sportsmen and visitors alike. Whoever observes it from a distance, has the impression of admiring a painting, Nature’s work of art. It occupies a 105,000 square-meter area, has a floating dock and a main dock, as well as a supporting infrastructure for tourist and sports vessels, in addition to restaurants and private parking.

segunda-feira, 31 de outubro de 2011

Sunset in the Christ the Redeemer

Christ Redeemer, symbol of the City of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the 7 New Wonders of the Modern World, through the voting carried out on the Internet and through cell phone messages, organized by the New 7 Wonders Foundation, of Switzerland, amongst 21 participating monuments around the globe. 

domingo, 30 de outubro de 2011

Apricot-Monkey

The Aterro do Flamengo is one of the most important areas of entertainment and tourist attractions of the city. It has high speed ways responsible for the good order of the traffic of transportation among Downtown and South Zone of Rio.  Also found in Flamengo many flowers as the apricot-monkey (scientific name Aubl Couroupita guianensis., Lecythidaceae), also known by common names monkey-nuts, bowl-a-monkey-ball cannon, macacarecuia, almond of the Andes and Cuito-Bravois a species of tree from the Amazon that has round fruits that hang in clusters and blooming flowers, widely used in landscaping and urbanfarms. It has an average height between 8 and 15 metersberry fruit typelarge and round,and its flowersvery fragrantcome directly out of the trunk.

sábado, 29 de outubro de 2011

Nossa Senhora da Penha Church

Nossa Senhora da Penha Church

This church is well known for its multitudes of worshippers from virtually all over Brazil and its prime vantage point on a high rocky bluff, making it visible from miles around.

Built in 1635 as a tiny, rustic church by Portuguese sea captain Baltazar de Abreu Cardoso on land of his own. In 1728 the original fraternity became the Venerável Irmandade de N.S da Penha de França (Venerable Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Bluff of France).
Work was done to expand it, especially on the stairway, to make it safer to the pilgrims climbing up this huge stone bluff. It is now object of legend and pilgrimage, with its famous 382 steps cut out of the bare rock. Some penitents climb the steps on their knees.
The church interior conveys simplicity with only one altar in the main chapel, on which stands the statue of the patroness. In the back is the old altar form the original rustic church with the statue of Our Lady of Rosario. The church building has two towers, with a carillon brought over from Portugal.
The church is the center of huge pilgrimages, especially in the month of October, which is devoted to the patroness. There is the Casa dos Romeiros (House of Pilgrims) with a room full of written vows, votive offering, and objects of all sorts.

quinta-feira, 27 de outubro de 2011

Nsa Sra da Gloria do Outeiro Church

Nsa Sra da Gloria do Outeiro Church

Ever since 1670, on top of outeiro (or knoll)there had been a small rustic church built by Antonio Caminha on a prime spot as viewed by ships sailing into Guanabara Bay, highlighting Rio de Janeiro's landscape. 

Besides its beautiful location and popularity as a worshipping place, the Gloria Church played an important role in the imperial period of Brazil, starting with the arrival of D. João VI in 1808. 
Despite its imposing architectural style, the church building also conveys and almost austere simplicity. It has only three altars and three statues. The high altar is occupied by a statue of N.S.da Glória. There are two outstanding lateral pulpits. At the entrance there are two Portuguese limestone fonts from the 18th century. 
The layout was innovative for the time, and consists of two interwined octagonal prisms, giving the church an almost round, singular appearance. It has only one tower, below which is a kind of porch, also having a admirable limestone doorway. 

quarta-feira, 26 de outubro de 2011

terça-feira, 25 de outubro de 2011

Arpoador Beach

Arpoador

Between Copacabana Fort and Rua Francisco Otaviano with Avenida Vieira Souto Arpoador is famous for the rock that invades the sea separating Ipanema and Copacabana beach, with one of most beautiful views in Rio: on one side, the Ipanema and Leblon beaches with the Morro Dois Irmãos in the background; on the other, Diabo (Devil´s) and |Copacabana beaches. Besides the view and the beach, Arpoador also has a park with lots of green where Brazilian and international stars present popular shows. The park was baptized the “ Garota de Ipanema” (Girl from Ipanema), in homage to the famous song by Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, “ cariocas” par excellence.

segunda-feira, 24 de outubro de 2011

Lapa Arches

Since the early 50s Lapa has been one of the major references for nightlife in Rio. With its famous cabarets and restaurants, it was then known as the “Montmartre Carioca”, frequented by the cream of the artistic, intellectual, political and diplomatic circles. To this day Lapa throbs with life. City Hall has already restored part of the district, preserving as much as possible of the original architecture from the beginning of the 20th century, which characterizes the place. Visually it is a collection of historical constructions such as the Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches), Passeio Público (Public Promenade), Escola Nacional de Música (National Musica School) and Igreja de N. Sra. Da Lapa (Church of Our Lady of Lapa), veritable icons of Old Rio. 
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