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.
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.
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!!