The Museum of the Indian – Museu do Índio in Botafogo

Today, April 19th, we celebrate Indian Day in Brazil , so as a tribute to all my indian ancestors I share with you the quick visit I paid some weeks ago to The Museum of the Indian in Botafogo.

If you happen to know a brazilian in your lifetime, ask about his origin. I dare to say almost 100% sure that his answer will be that somewhere looking back at his family tree, there is an indian ancestral in his genealogy (unless he is from an immigrant family) . Brazilian people are highly miscigenated. Portuguese, italians, and all the immigrants that came to Brazil to build their lives here had in some point of their family married indians or afrodescendants. I myself has a mix of  50% italian-afrobrazilian-indian + 50% portuguese-indian blood. That’s why I think that I got curious about visiting Museu do Índio, (Museum of the Indian) in Botafogo neighborhood. This “museum” is hidden in an elegant 19th-century mansion  in the quiet street Rua das Palmeiras in the heart of Botafogo. This museum is a cultural and scientific agency of the Fundação Nacional do Índio(National Foundation of the Indian) or FUNAI, and its main aim is to promote awareness of the importance of the indigenous cultures.

During my visit there I was completely by myself, except from the guards and from a man who arrived after me. I kept thinking how many of cariocas might already have visited this museum. Maybe not too many. Looking at the visitors notebook, I saw names of visitors from Portugal, Canada, German, but my name was the only one from Rio. Brazilians don’t have a very strong tradition in visiting museums,  and unfortunately Brazilian government don’t make great investments in Culture in general.

It was clear to me that the museum has difficulties to maintain itself. There was no one to receive me or to offer a brochure with a little guide to the museum. I got a little lost, until I discovered where to go first.   There are no signs in English, there are few of them even in portuguese. It doesn’t compare to any of the great museums of New York, London or Paris, but that  doesn’t mean that it is not worth the visit. Besides all of this, it is so interesting to visit a place that tries to keep the history and the memory of one of the people who were the first Brazilians, have a rich culture and knowledge about Nature. Unfortunately now, there are just a few of them.   IMG_3101 IMG_3135 IMG_3103 IMG_3107 IMG_3110 IMG_3111 IMG_3120IMG_3132Museu do Índio – Rua das Palmeiras 55, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro – Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 1pm to 5 pm.

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Miam Miam, cozy restaurant and comfort food

Botafogo neighborhood has plenty of good restaurants,  and Miam Miam is one of them. This small restaurant is housed in a small white colonial building and is fully furnished with vintage pieces, which gives it a relaxed vibe and a cozy atmosphere.

Last week, me and my family decided to go there for dinner. We didn’t have a reservation and we were lucky to find one last table left.

It wasn’t our first time there, but it was our first time with my little boy.  The staff is very nice and was very attentive to my little boy order. (I don’t know till when I will still be calling him “little”, he is already almost the same height as I am)!!

The menu is inspired in the “comfort food” concept and has a good variety of dishes! I ordered the eggplant lasagna , my husband the file mignon and gnocchi, and my son an option from the Kids Menu.

We had a lovely time ! Delicious food for a quite fair price!

It is a nice place to go for dinner with friends or just for drinks! Recently. Miam Miam was highlithted in the “Guide Michelin Rio e São Paulo 2015″, in the “Bib Gourmand” category, for restaurants that offers “exceptional good food at moderate prices”.

It is recommended to make a reservation because it is usually crowded, even during weekdays.

If you have a chance, pay a visit there and then stop by My Little Rio Journal to tell me your impressions about it.

Miam Miam – Rua General Goes Monteiro, 34 – Botafogo

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Cloudy and Rainy Tuesday

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That’s how yesterday looked like !!! After a very rainy morning, the rain gave a break and I decided to ride my bike through Copacabana cycling lane and enjoyed this view from Pedra do Leme, at Leme Beach!

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Happy Easter

DSCN1745Wishing you all a happy Easter!! Hoping the real meaning of Easter bring more Love and Peace for our World!!

 

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March on Instagram

Looking at my March instagram photos I realize that the weather is becoming quite grey around here. This means much more pleasant temperatures and a little bit of rain, but nothing that can bother too much. If you are planning a visit to Rio, keep in mind that this is one of the best seasons to come. Even if the day begins grey, it doesn’t mean it going to end grey. Fall in Rio has it charms and you can still enjoy the beaches and all the natural attractions. By the way, beaches are going to be less crowded and you also tend to get better hotel rates as we are in low season. Due to the economic crisis  Brazil lives, the devaluation of Real (brazilian currency) might be another reason to consider a visit to Rio, as things in general tend to be cheaper, specially if you’re native currency is US Dollars.

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