The church is built on top of a large monolith rock, with a 360-degree view of Rio's various areas. The back side of the rocky mountain is steep, but provides the walking access up to a series of stairs. The other 3 sides of the rock are vertical cliffs.
You can see the silhouette of the church from miles away, from well past the airport.
The church has an old history, which was built in 1635. For a good historical background on the church and the area, read the web link given below. Entry to the church is free of charge.
Held by the North Easterners of the Rio area, Feira Sao Cristovao is not to miss! It's help every weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night). Come with an empty belly and feet ready to dance. There are two stages at either end playing NE music and restaurants and stores filling the middle. I have been living in Rio for years and have never eaten so well (don't tell my husband's grandmother)
This music emporium rivals even the Virgin Megastore in New York and any of the music stores on the west coast. Equipped with assistants at every corner of the store, just in case you cant find a rare copy of that Elis Regina album you’re looking for, it provides a painstakingly organized catalogue of Brasilian classics and imports from around the world. There is a room downstairs for audio equipment, home theater and a room with dvd classics and books as well.
The real highlight is the café-bistro which serves full meals, champagne, cocktails and absolutely straightforward jazz. Some of the sounds that came out of there during the middle of the day were better than the ones we came back for later that Saturday night. The sounds of the upright bass are warm, the microphones are never hot, and the vocalists know their stuff.
This is an interesting museum that is off the beaten path of Rio de Janeiro and seldom visited by foreigners. This is a museum of military history with a wide array of displayed armaments from throughout Brazilian history starting with the "Age of Discovery" and going through World War II and the present day. This museum is still considered a military installation and you will have to go through a seargant to pay your R$1.00 entry fee and to make sure you aren't bringing in anything you shouldn't. If you are polite and speak a little Portuguese it is often possible to find a soldier willing to show you around and explain much of the history. A wonderful experience and quite interesting for lovers of museums and history. I highly recommend a taxi to and from this location.
This is not only a beatiful lake when seen from above, it's also very nice to stroll next to it. A lot of Rio families go there to relax, have a drink and enjoy the lake activities. Get a taste on the best mountain views and also on the Cristo Redentor.
What activities, you say? Well, how about:
- swan pedalo's
- a fare
you've come to the right place!!!
i have this goal of visiting a new city each year for new year's eve.
madrid is very lively. they all gather in the city center (sol, and other regions) and eat 12 grapes at the sound of the bell for good luck.
munich is totally insane. they all gather at marienplatz, the main center, and shoot off fireworks into the crowds! then people will throw pottery off their balconies (well, they did while i was there. i don't know if it's a tradition). everyone gets s*** faced and loves each other. beware, it's really freaking cold.
but the best is rio de janeiro. i have been twice. loads and loads of people end up on copacabana beach. YOU MUST WEAR ALL WHITE. it's the brazilian tradition. people are shoulder to shoulder listening to music from three huge stages... percussion, dance, drinks, and then,
FIREWORKS! they put on one of the best firework shows ever. well, the states go all out too, so i would equate the two.
but my final vote is rio #1 with a bullet!
The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the center of town and is an 18th century Aqueduct that was originally build to give Rio a better water supply at a time when the town had big problems with bad drinking water.
The Aqueduct is not needed for that anymore and these days it´s used as a bridge for the famous Rio tram.
THERE IS A SERVICE IN RIO CALLED RENT A LOCAL FRIEND.
BASICALLY ITS LOCAL PEOPLE FROM RIO DE NAJEIRO WHO SHOW VISITORS AROUND THE CITY'S COOL LOCAL SPOTS.
ITS A MORE AUTENTIC EXPERIENCE OF THE CITY AND THE IDEA IS TO MAKE TOURISTS FEEL LOCALS.
LOTS OF FUN, VERY RELAXED PEACE AND REASONABLE PRICES.
During my stay in Rio it came to a point that I needed relaxation. The congress I had been invited to was very much a stressful experience. I decided to try this weird massage at this spa next to the flat I was staying at. Shirodhara massage, a bliss! Entering Maria Bonita Urban Spa was like stepping into a truly soothing ambiance. I had to leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life outside. The massage was unconventional, but nonetheless relaxing and great! My body was cocooned in hot towels and hot oil dripped non stop through my forehead and scal´p. Felt soothing. I never thought I would feel relaxed and cleansed, but I did! Try it.
Rio de Janeiro's only neo-Moorish style building, the Pavilhão Mourisco (Moorish Pavilion), is a stunning castle-like structure. It is the headquarters of Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz in short, a scientific institution for advanced biomedical research. The foundation was once known as Instituto Manguinhos, but after Oswaldo Cruz became its head in 1902, its name changed accordingly. Soon after afterwards, he commissioned the Portuguese architect Luiz de Moraes Júnior to build the magnificent Pavilhão Mourisco as its headquarters on a hill in the Manguinhos neighbourhood in Zona Norte of Rio de Janeiro. The castle is clearly visible from the inland motorway that connects the international airport with Zona Sul, the southern half of Rio. During my short visit in Dec 2008, I was, unfortunately, unable to make it to the castle, so the attached photo had to suffice. Next time perhaps! Check out the foundation's website below for better photos of the castle.
The early 20th century Church of São Pedro is located in the inland neighbourhood of Rio Comprido. The green mountain Morro do Mirante behind serves as a scenic backdrop to the white and beige façade and the silver dome of the church. The beautiful church is located along the road linking downtown Rio with the southern neighbourhoods of Zona Sul, just outside the tunnel of Rebouças.
Located in Humaitá, a neighbourhood in Lagoa, the church of Santa Margarida Maria is a beautiful example of colonial Baroque architecture. The blue and white church overlooks the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (lagoon) and the tunnel of Rebouças which links Lagoa with the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. The church is the first thing one sees after driving through the tunnel from Rio to Lagoa.
Officially outside the city limits, São Conrado is only separated from Rio de Janeiro's Leblon district by the twin peaks of Morro Dois Irmãos. The quiet residential neighbourhood is graced with a beautiful and isolated beach where hang gliders land from a nearby towering peak. The beach is said to get crowded on weekends, but during the week when I visited, it was very empty as seen in the photos, the reason for which I enjoyed this beach tremendously more than Ipanema or Copacabana. The breathtaking views of the mountains all around add to its charm. When I was here, I intended to try hang gliding, but due to high winds, it was not possible.
Caipirinhas pair perfectly with the Brazilian climate. A gratifying mix of lime juice, raw sugar and cachaça.
This photo is taken at the main square in Santa Teresa. I forget the name of the restaurant, but it's a very nice place! The people at the information/cultural center a few doors over on the square pointed it out to me. It's easy to find once you're there. This area reminds me of Silver Lake in Los Angeles. That said, I found São Paulo's art scene more sophisticated. But I'm just a tourist. I'll stick to what I've got first hand and intimate experience with, the Caipirinhas!
Also delicious is the Batida de Coco. This is not a sweet coconut drink like the pina colada. It's a rich and creamy coconut drink that could make you lose a few years in a tipsy slumber. It almost tastes healthy!
Busy shopping on R. Visconde de Piraja in Ipanema? Give yourself a break and pretty up your toes and fingers with a pedi mani! I was pleasantly surprised at the price, it was cheaper than home in LA. (R$11 each in 2008) A pedicure and manicure in Los Angeles isn't terribly expensive and much cheaper than New York.
Granted, there was no spa chair and this place IS a Hair Salon, but they were very very friendly, cleaned things up, made me look good AND offered a coffee! I never use polish (is toxic and not enviro friendly and flakes off when I surf) and buff my nails instead. This place didn't have anything to buff with. But after my stop maybe they do now!
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