Driving Etiquette 2
In Brasilia, drivers stop in the Ped Xing where there's not traffic light. This doesn't happen in other parts of Brazil. If you are driving and someone is about to cross the street in a pedestrian passage and there's not traffic light, do stop.
If you are the pedestrian, before crossing a ped xing where there is no traffic light, wave your had and wait for the cars to stop.
In case there is a traffic light, you'll have to wait for it. Waving your hand will be useless and stopping your car when the light is not red will be very inconvenient.
Note: These rules don't need to be followed late at night. We say that the rules are already sleeping, but actually, it's for safety reasons.
ECCO - Art Gallery
This is a quite new gallery in Brasilia, and it has already become a very important place for contemporary production in the Capital. It presents temporary exhibitions of local and national art - sometimes an international programme, but not always. So far, they have no own collection.
They also have many other activities programmed, like lectures, shows and videos. The homepage is very interesting, and it shows the agenda, as well as photographs.
There's a good and charming restaurant annexed to the gallery, Oliver, but its prices are steep...
Brasília - The Monument City
"Eu organizo o movimento/ eu oriento o carnaval/ eu inauguro o monumento no planalto central do país" (Caetano Veloso)
I'm sorry for quoting in portuguese, but in my opinion there is no other song like "Tropicália" to introduce Brasília, not only because of the words, but alsso because of the song itself, its monumental sound created by Radamés Gnatalli, another indispensable musicist people who want to know Brazil should get in touch with.
Brasília was a dream of modenity, of starting anew and moving on to a bright and glorious future. Juscelino Kubistchek was the president who lead its construction in the heart of the country> That was another strategy to take the Brazilians - whose majority lived and still lives on a strip 200km large from the coast - to the countryside. A very pollemical project, criticised even nowadays, Brasilia was built with the shape of an airplane, according to Lucio Costa's urbanistic plan.
Planned according to the idea that a country full of cars was a modern one - what was common sense in the late 50s and early 60s in Brazil, during the industrial boom - Brasília is not always an easy place to live. One must have a car. The city is not in its whole very cozy and many complain about the long distances between one thing and the other. One has to get used to it, for the urban problems are sor of peculiar for the ones who live here...
But for the visitor, Brasília is an excellent destination for art and architecture lovers, with its interesting public buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer and large avenues with no name.
It may look deserted sometimes, it also may look cold. Living here is not easy, but sometimes, while looking at the beatiful public buildings, while listening to the birds's songs on the trees near our flats, one can imagine what the men who created Brasilia were thinking... or dreaming about...
Also, there are some little secrets, some really special places that I want to talk about in my homepage.
BREVE ROTEIRO TURÍSTICO DE BRASÍLIA
Brasília destaca-se pela política, pelo planejamento urbano e pela religiosidade. Então o primeiro lugar a conhecer é a Esplanada dos Ministérios, o palco por excelência dos protestos e manifestações públicas nacionais. Ali ao lado, na Praça dos Três Poderes, você encontra a sede dos poderes Executivo, Legislativo e Judiciário.
Uma descoberta à parte é entender como localizar-se na capital federal (peça a alguém daqui para lhe explicar isso usando a maquete da cidade na Praça dos Três Poderes). A princípio esquisita pelo uso de letras, números e coordenadas geográficas, rápido ela mostra-se bastante lógica.
Os amantes da natureza também vão gostar muito de conhecer o Parque da Cidade, a Água Mineral, o Jardim Botânico e o Zoológico.
E, para levar uma lembrancinha de Brasília, o melhor local é a feira da Torre de TV.
Se você tiver mais tempo, conheça também a Catedral de Brasília, a Igreja Dom Bosco, o Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro, o Palácio da Alvorada (residência oficial do Presidente), o Planetário, o Catetinho (residência oficial de Juscelino Kubitschek, quando presidente), a Igrejinha de Fátima, a Catedral Militar Rainha da Paz, o Musel da Anatel e a nova Ponte JK (polêmica e bonita ela é mesmo).
Lúcio Costa e Oscar Niemeyer foram realmente geniais ao planejarem esta cidade de beleza estonteante.
"Brazil is proud to bring you their latest addition"
"the reddish concrete illuminates for better viewin"
With 16 meters of height, MAC is born of the soil in an only cylindrical base of 9 meters of diameter that supports the building all, anchored in a giant low shoe of two meters of height. A mirror d'água with 817 m2 of surface and 60 centimeters of depth, confers the slightness á construction.
The circular covering, with 50 meters of diameter and area of almost two a thousand square meters, received thermal and waterproof handling.
The great external slope of red concrete leads the visitor through 98 meters of free curves in the space, to the inputs of the upper floors.
"MAC at Nite"
External, the monument is illuminated by 34 lighthouses of airplane, installed under the mirror d'água in the base of the museum. The illumination creates space entonação and gives emphasis to the slightness of the main structure. The tangential light if draws out above of the top and if dirige for the sky.
To guarantee the security of the visitors day and night, the slope that leads to the inward of the Museum has its contour delineated for a réstia of light maker.
The glasses of MAC had been manufactured with exclusiveness for the design. They are 70 triplex blades, with 18 millimeters of thickness, in the color bronze. Each one of the blades measures 4,80m of height for 1,85m of width. The esquadrias are in steel profiles and are inclined in 40¼ in relation to the horizontal plan. The glasses, super-resistant, support weight equivalent the 20 people. The last floor also is destined the displays. The pisos had been coated with 3,000 m2 of blue carpet.
Contemporary Art Museu MAC - Niteroi
Mirante da Boa Viagem s/nº / Boa Viagem - Niterói -
Tuesday through Friday from 11h00 a.m. to 19h00 p.m. - Saturday from 13h00 a.m. to 9h00 p.m.
and Sundays from 11h00 a.m. to 7h00 p.m.
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the museum has an expresive collection of Brazilian contemporary art.
Situated in 2.000 square meter area.
Yes, Niterói is another city but it is located in the State of Rio de Janeiro. You can get there by car through the "Niterói-Rio Bridge" that has 14Km or by ferry. So, just to be clearer, there's a city called Rio de Janeiro that is the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Niterói is very near from the capital, you just need to cross the bridge over the Guanabara Bay.