Video – Pedro Andrade points out his favorite spots in Rio!

Hello! 

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I am a big fan of Pedro Andrade, an anchor of Fusion Live TV, who was born in Rio de Janeiro and has a real carioca style, even though he lives in United States for a long time. He is very smart and a multi-talented journalist, model, lecturer, speaker, writer, television host and not to mention a very handsome and charming man! In Brazil, he is part of a team of ‘wild’ and very respectful journalists in a TV show called “Manhattan Connection”, exhibited weekly on Globo News Channel. In the program he comments about culture, art, movies and gives tips of some U.S. cities, specially New York.

As he lived for a long time in NY (now he is living in Miami, if I am not mistaken) and knows each spot of the Big Apple, such as great restaurants, he transformed his local experience in a travel guide that became a best-seller in brazilian market. He also has a blog and there you can know more about him and his projects >>> www.pedroandradetv.com

In the video, filmed before the World Cup, you can see a plenty of his favorite spots in Rio, some very nice tips that I also recommend you to do. “But, Pedro, I prefer my breakfast tips”!!! – see my choices of the best places to have your breakfast here!

Watch the video* (click on Pedro’s photo below) and see what a perfect day in Rio look like! Thanks for the great tips, Pedro!

Click here to watch the video

*Credit: Pedro Andrade, Joanna Suarez, Carlos Navarrete

 

 

Winter in Rio?!

Hey guys!

This is the face of a beautiful winter day in Rio!

A nice walking from Arpoador to Leblon beach is really recommended! The only thing you will need is a willingness to walk and maybe stop by to drink a cold coconut water… But with this view I guess it will be easy, though!

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The view of Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill), from Ipanema beach.

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From Ipanema to Leblon Beach, this is the final stretch of the walk.

 

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The view from Mirante do Leblon, at the western end of Leblon beach.

 

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Mirante do Leblon is a place to be!

 

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Christ the Redeemer blessing the beauty of Rio!

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To the other side of the Mirante: the contrast of the luxury Sheraton Hotel and the Favela do Vidigal.

 

 

Copacabana Fort + Confeitaria Colombo: great combination!

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Which one is the best to visit? The Confeitaria Colombo  (Colombo Confectionery) at Copacabana Fort (Forte de Copacabana) or at Downtown city (Centro)? Touch question, man! Both are great to see and enjoy a good cappuccino. In the first one I am pretty sure you will be delighted with the magnificent view of Copacabana Beach. But if you appreciate architecture and decor, you can not miss the opportunity to see the stained glass, mirrors and brocade marble countertops of Confeitaria Colombo in Downtown, where presidents and many celebrities had visited in the past. Definitely they have different proposals! Take one, or both if you have time!

This week my aunt celebrated her birthday at Confeitaria Colombo in Fort Copacabana and I took some photos for you. It was at lunchtime, and during the week they usually have a menu of the day.

See the history of the Fort here!

At the entrance, you need to pay the admission ticket to visit the Fort and its museum (and also to get at Colombo). The price is BRL 6.00. It really worthy!

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What >>> Confeitaria Colombo at Copacabana Fort

Where >>> Located at Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, nº 1 – Posto 6 of Copacabana Beach – Phone: (21) 2287-3781

Map >>> Google it here.

Time >>> Exhibition Halls: Tuesday to Sunday – from 10 am to 6 pm // Observatories, Souvenir Vitacura, Confeitaria Colombo and 18 do Forte Coffee Shop: Tuesday to Sunday – from 10 am to 8 pm.

Price >>> Admission to enter the Fort is charged at the entrance. Adults – R$ 6,00, Over 60 years old – R$ 3,00, Students with Student ID – R$ 3,00.

Payment >>> Cash only (BRL).

Website of Confeitaria Colombo >>> Click here. 

Video of Copacabana Beach from its Fort!

The video was done from the Fort Copacabana, where I had a great afternoon at Confeitaria Colombo, a place I recommend to eat and also to appreciate the view! 😉

Enjoy it!

Great options at Lapa, the bohemian neighborhood!

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Hi Guys,

This post is just to let you know about a useful link that you can check the schedule programming at Lapa, the bohemian neighborhood, where you can find a mix of good music, especially samba, pagode, funk and… guess what…really happy people! To me, is the best place in Rio to enjoy nightlife. Each night has a great variety of shows, live music, famous and unknown artists, from small to big houses, to all tastes! It’s up to you to choose!

Here is a list of great places to go (but there are many and the best thing to do is to check the schedule of the house first):

  • Carioca da Gema
  • Centro Cultural Carioca
  • Circo Voador
  • Democráticos
  • Fundição Progresso
  • Lapa 40
  • Rio Scenarium
  • Sacrilégio

Despite the website is written in portuguese, you can see the calendar, the places and its shows, time and price of each.

Lá na Lapa (schedule/programação) >>> http://www.lanalapa.com.br/programacao.asp

Have a wonderful night!!!

Christ will be open at night for the first time!

This is a unique opportunity to visit the Christ the Reedemer Statue at night. For the first time, Christ will be open for the public on June 13, 14 and 15th from 6pm to 9pm. This is a test for its 24-hour shifts during this year’s World Youth Day (Jornada Mundial da Juventude).

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The statue will display a new lightning system designed by German artist and Rio resident for the last 62 years, Paul Gasper. The special illumination will light up the Paineiras path that leads up to the Christ, as well as the Corcovado platform, on which the 40m statue stands. So, if you want to see the city illuminated from the top, this is your chance to make great photos!

Tickets are available for purchase online only >>> buy it here for R$27,36!

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View from the top of Corcovado by night… Wow!!!

Quitandinha Palace (Palácio Quitandinha): a landmark of Petrópolis

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Rio de Janeiro is very known due to its beautiful beaches, but there are many nice places in the mountain area, such as Petrópolis, which is only about 68 km or 1:30 hour from Rio de Janeiro city.

When it was opened, Palácio Quitandinha was the “Cassino Hotel Quitandinha”, the largest hotel casino in Latin America for two years, during the period when gambling was permitted in Brazil, from 1930 until 1946, when the federal government had outlawed all types of gambling from casinos to games of chance in Brazil. The building makes reference to the Norman style, trend of large European casinos. The interior designs got inspiration from the Hollywood scenarios and was done by the American decorator Dorothy Draper.

After this period, Palace Quitandinha became a luxury hotel and today is under SESC Rio care as a center of culture and fun for the entire audience.

You can visit Quitandinha and learn, through the audio, about its history, curiosities… And there is much more things to visit in Petrópolis, the “Imperial City”. The good thing is because the city is well signed with english directions of turist spots.

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Time >>> From  10am to 5pm, Tue-Sat / from 10am to 4pm – on holidays and Sundays. 

Rates >>> BRL 10.00. 

Payment >>> Cash payment R$(real) only.

Where >>> Av. Joaquim Rolla, n º 2 – Petrópolis. Bus from Novo Rio station each 30 minutes… If you do not have a car, it’s the best way  of going. This is the company that does the transportation Rio-Petrópolis, called UTIL – http://www.util.com.br

Website >>> http://www.sescrio.org.br/programacao/02/01/13/visitacao-audioguiada (only in portuguese). 

Botanical Garden is a green treasure of Rio (better, of Brazil!)

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The Garden is located in Jardim Botânico district, nearby Gávea and Lagoa. Is a serene and quiet place where you will see many families walking by with their children, people doing exercises, nannies taking care of babies, and brides, young couple and models taking pictures to make a photo catalogue with a beautiful scenario.

Botanic Garden is a huge green area (142-hectares) with over 8000 plant species, part of the Tijuca National Park (Floresta da Tijuca), and was designed in 1808 by order of Dom João, the Prince Regent of the United Kingdom of Brazil and Portugal, later known (1816-1822) as Dom João VI, King of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves. In 1996 the Garden became the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro Research Institute. Since then, its mission has focused on conservation and scientific research of Brazilian plant biodiversity.

On weekdays is less crowded than on weekends because this is not only a famous tourism site but also is a place where the locals like to hang out with their families to enjoy a peace environment after a working week.

If you want to have more information about the history, the plants and so on you can arrange a tour by making an appointment with at least 24-hour in advance – make a call to +55 (21) 3874-1808 / 3874-1214. The guided visit happens from Monday to Fridays, beginning at 10am or at 2pm, and the duration is about 90 minutes.  It can be done in English or Spanish.

Also, you can visit the whole area using the local electric cars. To this, you only have to make a reservation when you get there, at the Visitors’ Centre. It takes 40 minutes by car, including Saturdays and Sundays.

The main entrance of the Garden is located at Rua Jardim Botânico 920, where you will see from the outside a huge row of palms.

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Tip #1: Take an insect repellent with you!

Tip #2:  Better to visit in a sunny day, of course, and use sunblock.

Tip #3: Is easy to get there by bus and taxi. Through Lagoa, by foot, turn to General Garzon Street, go ahead and in the end of this street turn to the left side at Jardim Botânico Street.

Tip #4: Take a coffee or have a snack at La Bicyclette. I love the sandwiches with homemade bread  and its delicious cakes (chocolate cake, walnut cake, the pain au chocolat… hummm). It’s inside the Botanical Garden area, but you do not need to pay the entrance of the park if you want only to eat there.  They have French and English menu.

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Time >>> From  8am to 5pm, Mon-Sun.

Rates >>> Adults – BRL 6.00; Children under 7 years of age – Free; Seniors living in Brazil or in Mercosul countries – Free, with ID.

Payment >>> Cash payment R$(real) only.

Main Entrance >>> Rua Jardim Botânico 920, Jardim Botânico.

Website >>> Poor service… Information on web is available only in Portuguese. http://www.jbrj.gov.br

Next post: the Botanical Garden

On my next post I will talk about the lungs of Rio de Janeiro, the beautiful Botanical Garden, our green area inside de city, more especifically at the Jardim Botânico neighborhood.

Friar Leandro Lake is known for...

Friar Leandro Lake is known for…

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… the Victoria Regias!

Latin American contemporary art well represented at Casa Daros Rio

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Casa Daros Rio, an institution of Daros Latinamerica, is a new venue located in Botafogo for contemporary art exhibition and education.  After six years of great work of remodeling and restoration, the building was reopened to the public with rooms for exhibitions, art and education, library, auditorium, restaurant/café and shop.

I visited the 19th century building in neoclassical style, designed by architect Francisco Joaquim Bethencourt da Silva (1831–1912) – who also conceived the Real Gabinete Português and the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, in downtown Rio – and I was very impressed with the grandeur of the place, with the architectural beauty, and of course with the quality of the works exhibited there. In the first month of opening, the house has received 18000 visitors.

If you have time, you should consider visiting the open exhibition Cantos Cuentos Colombianos, a panoramic view of excellence in contemporary Colombian art. The curator Hans-Michael Herzog has assembled a grouping of emblematic works by the artists Doris Salcedo, Fernando Arias, José Alejandro Restrepo, Juan Manuel Echavarría, María Fernanda Cardoso, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Nadín Ospina, Oscar Muñoz, Oswaldo Macià and Rosemberg Sandoval.

You will also see the exhibition Para (Saber) Escutar (To know how to listen), under the curatorship of Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, director of art and education of Casa Daros. Nossa Senhora das Graças (2008), by Vik Muniz, a photograph of the work made from rubble, within the series Pictures of Junk, is one of the featured works that impress the visitors.

My suggestion is to visit first the Documentation Space, where you can learn more about the artists and its works, and have an overview of Colombian contemporary art production. I guess it is worth, so you can understand better its concepts and artistic concerns.

To close your visit with a flourish, you can take a coffee or have a lunch in the Mira! Restaurant, headed up by the trio consisting of chef Roberta Ciasca, Danni Camilo and Steph Quinquis, the owners of Miam Miam and Oui Oui, two other good restaurants also located in Botafogo.

Some pictures for you have a taste!

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Nadín Ospina *1960 – Hermaphrodite, 2001

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*** Exhibition “Cantos Cuentos Colombianos”: until September 8th, 2013

*** Exhibition Para (Saber) Escutar (To know how to listen): until July 28th, 2013

Time >>> Wednesday to Saturday – 12pm to 8pm / Sundays and holidays – 12pm to 6pm. The ticket office closes half hour before the end of the visiting hours.

Rates >>> Adults – BRL 12.00; Children under 12 years of age – Free; Students and seniors – BRL 6.00, with ID. Free on Wednesdays.

Payment >>> Cash payment R$(real) only.

Map >>> http://goo.gl/maps/ypeXp

How to arrive >>> The Botafogo Subway Station, on Rua Nelson Mandela, is about 10 minutes on foot from Casa Daros.  

Casa Daros Website >>> http://www.casadaros.net