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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Tijuca January 11th 2019

Today we’re going to see Christ the Redeemer. One of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. In the school summer holidays. I suspect we won’t be alone… The ascent is made by funicular railway. You need to purchase tickets in advance for a specified time. Turn up late and you lose your slot. So we leave ample time for the bus journey to the station. We find the bus stop, the bus is on time and we get off at the correct place; the result being we arrive an hour before our train. It’s very busy but very efficiently organised which is kind of good, because I like order and kind of bad because there’s no chance of getting an earlier train. Eventually it’s our turn to board and we set off, or rather up. ... read more
Waiting for Trem do Corcovado
Christ the Redeemer train station
Trem do Corcovado

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Tijuca January 23rd 2016

Saturday January 23rd, 2016. Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Province, Brazil. After a posh breakfast we decided to venture out into Rio again. Rio was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese as a fortification against French privateers who traficked wood and goods from Brazil. The Portuguese fought the French for almost 10 years with both sides having rival native tribes as allies. During the early 18th century the city took off. It had been a minor outpost in the Portuguese Empire until gold, diamonds and ore were found in Minas Gerais in 1720. Rio then became an important port for exporting these minerals and replaced Salvador as the main city in the colony in 1763. Brazil became independent in 1822. It adopted a Monarchy as its form of government. The capital is now Brazilia. Surprisingly ... read more
8.   Pão de Acucar from Morro da Urca
5.  Flamengo Beach from Morro da Urca
6.  Urca from Morro da Urca

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Tijuca January 22nd 2016

Friday January 22nd, 2016. Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Province, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro, aka Rio, is the second largest city in Brazil and lies on the far western strip of Brazil's Atlantic coast close to the Tropic of Capricorn. It has a population of approximately 6,453,682 and is Brazil's second largest city. D went on deck (while it was still dark) in order to watch the Marco Polo enter the harbour (M stayed in bed). Rio harbour is comprised of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear to be the mouth of a river. The harbour is surrounded by amazing geographical features including Sugar Loaf mountain and the Christ the Redeemer (which was covered in fog). D had reasonable views of Sugar Loaf though. After a posh breakfast we disembarked. It ... read more
19.  View of Jockey Club and Racecourse from Mid Station on Corcovado
14.  View from D Marta's Lookout
16.  M at D Marta's Lookout

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Tijuca March 20th 2014

Reflections on Rio I’ve spent my last week in Brazil lunching, beaching and generally pottering around. I’ve been shopping, drunk juices, whiled away long afternoons in pubs eating pastries, lay on the beach doing nothing, drunk juice, negotiated the postal system and generally spent a bit of time observing the cariocas at play. I’ve also drunk a fair bit of juice. I’m now on my way to Argentina and I’m really, really, really excited. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve had a wonderful time in Brazil. It is a beautiful city, full of very patient and generous people but after a month here, I’m ready to move to the next stop. I’ll be staying in an area of Buenos Aires called Palermo. It’s a very safe (yes Dad, safe)area with a lot of restaurants, cafes and shopping. ... read more
Jardim Botanico
A pink dragon fly I spent 20minutes trying to photograph...

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Tijuca February 27th 2014

My 4 weeks of travel and cultural delights have finally commenced....and equipped with my one Portuguese word "obrigado" i.e. thank you I am on my way to Rio! Flights from Edinburgh via Amsterdam with KLM were pleasant enough, managed to catch up on some much needed sleep. My first thought on arriving is that I have no idea how the Brazilians are going to cope with the football world cup? It took us (aprox 400) in excess of 1.5 hrs to get through immigration and then another 30 mins to get money out of an ATM. But this is Brazil as I am constantly being reminded....funny how a day later and I am already loving this chilled out laid back pace of live.... Oh and the BBC weather got it wrong the temperature is not between ... read more
rubbish and carnival has not yet started
token headdress for my first street party
lots of graffiti

Luggage suprisingly arrived!In the mean time we bought some basic stuff. Hardest thing was to find a 'normal' bikini as they all wear strings over here (also the people above 90 years old). We bought an Ipanema Bum Bum (and bum bum stands for ass). Hereby some first impressions of Rio. Culture They say that to know a country you should experience the culture. So we decided to taste beers, Itaipava - Skoll - Antartica - Brahma - Caiperinha (ow yes that's not a beer of course).... you can also find Stella everywhere, Leuven is not far away.... Brazilians are drinking all day long, and they drink lot's... Beside drinking we also checked out the local food. Rice, beans and great 'Picanha' meat. We had dinner together with friends of Lidia (the mother of Roger - ... read more

Greetings again from Rio! I hope this email finds you all in good spirits and good health. As some of you know there is a sport here that is so closely watched, followed and played that its presence is intricately woven into the national psyche of Brazil. This is not surprising since Brazil is the only country to have won five World Cup matches (1958, '62, '70, '94 and '02). From a young age, children learn to value a football (soccer ball) and pitch skills like a hoard of Spanish gold. It seems as though any stranger can become a friend simply by donning the favored colors of one’s most followed team. The frenzy of a match can drive crazed fans to fire cups of urine, dead chickens, and beer bottles in any direction, at friend ... read more
Fulminense Fans

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Tijuca March 16th 2009

Rio De Janiero is not the safest city in the world to travel solo, of the six million people in this city, much of them are thieves. Graffiti is the art of choice and unlimited amounts of crime are evident everywhere you go so I thought I'd just stay in today, but when I woke up at 6:30am and looked outside, I thought what the hell, you only live once, just go for it! I called the front desk and booked one of their tours even though I knew it was overpriced. It was scheduled to leave at 9am so I had time for breakfast. I strolled down at 8am, stopped at the front desk to pay for the tour only to find out that since I was using a credit card a 10% surcharge applied ... read more
rio architecture
Rio Cathedral
Interior Rio Cathedral

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