Copacabana by night

Last night, after celebrating my husband birthday in our favourite Pizzeria, we decided to go back home walking by “calçadão de Copacabana” (Copacabana beach sidewalk). It is funny because, as we were not respecting the “calçadão” dress code, which would be shorts and havaianas or workout outfit, some of the street vendors thought we were tourists and kept offering us souveniers.

The weather is finally starting to become a little more pleasant and it was a perfect night to walk and observe all the people exercising by the beach.Night view of Forte de Copacabana, from Posto 6

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Happy Birthday Rio!

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Cristo Redentor, behind the trees

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Praia Vermelha and Sugar Loaf, near the spot the city was founded

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Pedra da Gávea

Ponte Rio-Niterói (Rio-Niterói Bridge)

Ponte Rio-Niterói (Rio-Niterói Bridge)

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São Conrado

Tomorrow, March 1st, Rio de Janeiro celebrates 450 years of foundation. In March 1st, 1565, Estácio de Sá, a portuguese soldier, founded Rio de Janeiro city, once called São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, in the area located between Sugarloaf Mountain and the Cara de Cão mountain, in the district that is today known as Urca.

To celebrate this important date, Rio 450, a commission responsible for all the 450 years celebration events, organized a huge celebration calendar . Different festivities including arts, culture, sports and music events will be held throughout the city along all the year 2015.

As a carioca, I just wish that Rio becomes a peaceful city, that the Government develop and implement effective politics to provide Rio citizens the safety and dignitiy all of us deserves, regardless its social condition or if it lives in wealthy or poor regions.

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Rio from above, flying via Santos Dumont Airport

I’m not afraid of flying, but I have to confess that every time I land in Santos Dumont airport I get a little nervous!

For those who are not familiar with the airports in Rio, let me explain. Rio has two airports! Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport (or Galeão, GIG) is the biggest and the only international airport of the city, located in the north zone of the city, in Ilha do Governador neighborhood. Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) serves only domestic flights,  much smaller and quite close to downtown Rio, located in the edge of Guanabara Bay.  Santos Dumont airport has a short runway and that’s the reason why I feel a little uncomfortable when landing there.

To land in Santos Dumont the airplane has to make a turn over Guanabara Bay to be in the right position to land in Santos Dumont runway, and although I don’t like to admit,when the pilot announces “Crew, prepare for landing”, deep inside I keep wondering if the pilot is gone make it. So to distract myself from this silly wonders I take my camera and take lots of pictures of the breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro.

Despite my stupid fear, whenever is possible I get a window seat. Anyway, if you are flying to Rio or just going away by Santos Dumont airport, make sure you have window seats, so you can have a view of the wonderful Rio de Janeiro landscape from above.

Those photos I took last week when I flew to Florianópolis and back to Rio via Santos Dumont. This time to entertain me a little bit, I played with my son of  finding some Rio sightseeing spots from the airplane window, like Maracanã Stadium, Nilton Santos Stadium, Jockey Club, Candelaria Church, Sambódromo and the beaches. Have you ever flew by Santos Dumont airport? I would love to know what did you find about it!

After take-off , flying over Guanabara Bay

After take-off , flying over Guanabara Bay

After take-off, the airplane fly overGuanabara Bay

After take-off, Rio de Janeiro mountains on the background, Sugar Loaf, Corcovado, Pedra da Gavea  and more…

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Still after take-off, Niterói City view and Guanabara bay

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On the very right, Sugar Loaf, then going to the left Copacabana beach, Ipanema and Leblon.

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South Zone beaches, from right to left Copacabana, Ipanema-Leblon and São Conrado

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Arriving in Rio, flying over North Zone, in the middle Engenhão (Nilton Santos Stadium)

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Corcovado mountain on the background

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Maracanã Stadium in the middle , just on the left of the plane turbine

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Florianópolis, my Carnival escape destination!

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Morro da Lagoa

Stand Up Paddle and Kayak at Lagoa da Conceição

Stand Up Paddle and Kayak at Lagoa da Conceição

Kayaking at Lagoa da Conceição

Kayaking at Lagoa da Conceição

Joaquina Beach

Joaquina Beach

Mole Beach

Heavy clouds at Mole Beach

Surfing in a dark afternoon at Mole Beach

Surfer at Mole Beach

Mole Beach and the storm went away

Mole Beach and the storm went away

Clean water and sand at Mole Beach, I found a live shell

Clean water and sand at Mole Beach, I found a live shell

Daniela beach, quiet waters perfect for children

Daniela beach, quiet waters perfect for children

Costão do Santinho beach

Costão do Santinho beach

Costão do Santinho Beach on another cloudy and rainy day

Costão do Santinho Beach on another cloudy and rainy day

A cute turtle in one of the tanks at Projeto Tamar

A cute turtle in one of the tanks at Projeto Tamar

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Barra da Lagoa Beach, a lot of surfers in the water

Sunset at Beira Mar Norte bay

Sunset at Avenida Beira Mar Norte , in the center of Florianópolis

Hercílio Luz Bridge, the most famous postcard of Florianópolis

Hercílio Luz Bridge, the most famous postcard of Florianópolis

I’m sorry to disappoint those who were expecting to see here some pictures of the carnival in Rio. As I told you before, I didn’t spend carnival in Rio! I escaped from blocked streets by “blocos de carnaval”, overcrowded beaches, and the scorching heat of Rio, flying to   Floripa, Florianópolis, in the south of Brazil.

Floripa, Ilha da Magia (Magical Island), as people call it, is one of the places in Brazil that we love to go and where we are always coming back whenever is possible. Although being the capital of Santa Catarina state, it is rather smaller than Rio. Most of the beaches are very well preserved in Floripa Island and the city is perfect for those who want to slow down a little bit and be close to nature.

Although Carnival is not the better time to visit it (the city gets a little crowded and you can hit some traffic to reach the beaches), we decided to spend the 5 days of carnival holidays there. Floripa is a great destination for surfers, as it has some different beaches with good surf conditions, and as my husband loves to surf…..

We stayed in a very simple “Pousada” close to Lagoa de Conceição, for being a good location to move around in the island. We rented a car so we could go to different beaches easily. Well that is a fact, you need a car in Floripa.

Althoug the weather was not so good, it rained a lot, we managed to do a lot of things. My husband surfed, my son played with his body board in the beaches, we went kayaking in Lagoa da Conceição, we visited Projeto Tamar (a visitors centre to make people aware of the importance of preserving Turtles in the coast of Brazil), I finished  the book I was reading and I took many, many photos.

We had a lot of fun and rested our minds from all the rush of our life in Rio.

Now ,as people say, the year only starts after Carnival in Brazil, let’s go back to real life!

Have any of you ever heard of Florianópolis? I would love to know!

It is definitely a worth visiting place in Brazil!!

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Carnival Update

Last friday, while thousands were arriving in Rio for carnival holiday, we were leaving, flying to Florianopolis, in the south of Brazil to escape from all the crowds and carnival mess Rio live in those days. In Floripa (a nickname for Florianopolis), although the weather is not so good we are relaxing and enjoying a wonderful time by the beach!
When we’re back I promise to share with you guys some of the photos of this beautiful city!!!

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