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Casa Momus, a sophisticated option in Lapa

Last night, me and my husband went out for a happy hour with a couple of friends! It was a special night! My friend, the guy, would introduce us to his fianceé and give us their wedding invitation. I know this guy for 14 years, and although we don’t see too much lately he is a very good friend and I was very happy to know that he is getting married soon. We worked together in two companies and he ended becaming a close friend. Although we have the same age, I consider him almost as an older brother and he was one of the groomsmen on our wedding. So there was plenty of reasons for a happy hour celebration!

We didn’t know very well where to go, and we ended up in Rua do Lavradio , in Lapa neighborhood, looking for a bar to have a couple of drinks. But we were seduced by the atmosphere of an apparently new house in Rua do Lavradio, called Casa Momus.

The soft lightening of the place invited us in and we decided to stay and try this new place.

This restaurant/bar is in a preserved old house, from the 19th century. The decoration is modern and cozy, and the music is relaxing.

The menu is based in mediterranean influences. I’ve tried the bruschettes trio and the asparagus risotto. Both of them very tasty!

Although they recommended for drinks  the Spritz, an italian drink, me and my friends fiancée decided to toast the night with a glass of wine. While the boys, preferred beer.

The happy hour turned out in a lovely dinner, with a combination of tasty food and lively conversation with good friends! We couldn’t make a better choice than Casa Momus for last night.

It is a great option in Lapa, totally different from the samba houses and botecos from the neighborhood. It has a great atmosphere and the prices are quite fair.

I’m definitely planning another visit!!

 Casa Momus – Rua do Lavradio, 11 – Lapa – Rio de Janeiro

10 Tips to enjoy Rio beaches

I might have already mentioned here, how much I prefer my city and the beaches during autumn and winter. Ok, I agree that in summer Rio has  a kind of party  atmosphere that seduces everyone, but this strange feeling of happiness that fills almost every carioca during summer is not enough to make me love summer like most people do. Well, it is not that I hate summer in Rio, but crowded beaches, temperatures reaching easily 40°C and overpriced services by the beach neighborhoods are just some reasons for making summer far from my favourite season of the year in Rio.

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Arpoador beach, on a typical sunny autumn sunday

I also have already shared with you how much I prefer Barra da Tijuca beach rather than the Zona Sul beaches, like Leme, Copacabana and Ipanema. During summer, when all the Zona Sul beaches are crowded I really avoid going there. When you have children all you don’t want is spending the day in a packed beach where your little one can easily get lost. So we prefer driving to Barra da Tijuca , to enjoy quieter and more relaxing moments by the beach, as you can see here and here.

But when summer is over, we dare to go to the beach in Zona Sul and enjoy the comfort of living in a city where you can enjoy beach almost all year-long.

So today I’m sharing with you some quick tips to make your experience in Rio beaches more pleasant even if you are planning to stay only in Zona Sul.

1)When going to the beach, pack light and avoid taking any kind of valuable things to the beach. Take with you only your money and a copy of your ID or passport.  Avoid taking backpacks they call attention.

2) Don’t ever leave your things unattended in the sand. If you are in a group, take turns to go to the water. If you are by yourself , look for a family nearby you and ask them to take a quick look in your stuff while you give a jump in the water. But in this case I recommend you keep your expensive camera in your hotel safe, just in case.

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Arpoador beach

3) Keep your cellphone and camera inside a bag and only take them when  you need to use them. Plastic bags (those you get in supermarket) are very good to hide your camera.

4)Watch your kids even if they already know how to swim. Tides and currents change quickly and a quiet sea in the beginning of the morning can turn into rough waves in the beginning of the afternoon. This tip is good for adults too.

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Barra da Tijuca beach

5) Talking about kids, if they are old enough arrange with them a place to meet in case they get lost. One nice thing to do is look for the nearest lifeguard station and tell your kid to wait for you there in case he or she gets lost. Wearing an identification bracelet is always a good idea too!

6)Don’t underestimate the sun, even if the sky is cloudy you can get a bad sunburn. Always put sunscreen and if staying a long time in the beach rent a beach umbrella. You can easily rent beach chairs and umbrellas in the kiosks on the sand.

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Arpoador beach

7) Those beach showers on the sand might look inviting, specially when the sea is too cold or too rough, but stay away from them! Recent tests have shown that water is not treated and can pose health risks.

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Barra beach

8) Choose very well what you are buying for a snack in the beach. It is not safe to eat those sticks of shrimps, or natural sandwiches (“sanduíche natural” in portuguese) . So if you don’t want to end in the hospital with an intestinal infection prefer to eat an ice cream from the traditional brands (like Nestlé, Kibon, Sorvete Itália) or biscoito Globo ( a traditional snack made of polvilho, a kind of tapioca flour).

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Arpoador beach

9) Pay attention to water conditions. The ocean beaches (Copacabana, Ipanema, and Barra) are usually appropriate, but even so, sometimes after a heavy rain the fecal coli form count rises beyond acceptable levels.  So a good tip is avoid to swim in the sea after those rain storms and look in the newspaper “O Globo “, the daily beach report  listing all beach closings.

10) Cariocas love the combination beach+ sports, but you have to be aware that any ball sport can only be practiced by the water edge after 5 pm. So if you wanna  join cariocas and try “altinha” (check this video in youtube to see it for yourself ) do it after 5pm. If you are more keen on watersports, Arpoador beach is one of the best spots for surfing in Zona Sul and in Copacabana, Posto 6, you can easily rent Stand up paddle boards.

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Copacabana beach, Posto 6

Well, I hope my tips are useful for many of you visiting Rio.

If you are interested in more specific tips, just reach me by email – mylittleriojournal@gmail.com or Facebook.

 

 

 

March on Instagram

As I’m still a little busier than usual taking care of home issues I think that my march instagram pictures is the best way to keep you guys a little updated of what I have done and had seen in the last month.

Unfortunately, my neckache is still preventing me of going out with my camera. My Canon 60D is too heavy and I’m really avoiding to carrying it out with me, so lately my camera has been my cellphone.

I hope you like them as much as I liked shooting them.

Have a great April everyone!!

 

 

I’m back!!!!

After 12 days of hard work, filling boxes for moving,  I’m finally back to the blog!

Tomorrow it will be already a week we are living in our new apartment, and some days before the moving day we were blessed with this beautiful view from our balcony.

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This amazing sunset behind Corcovado tasted like a unforgettable farewell to our old “Home Sweet Home”.

Although we don’t have this beautiful view anymore we are very happy !! We will be closer to the beach and this means lots of sunset photograph in the near future.

There is still a lot of work to do, and I know it will take some time to put things in order. But now there is no need to rush! All we have to do is enjoy our new life in our new home.

Have a nice weekend!!

 

 

A Book Sanctuary in Rio, the National Library

There are some things that I would never understand in my life. And not visiting the National Library of Rio de Janeiro along the many  years I was a student is one of them.

As a book lover, libraries always fascinated me. I don’t know why I but I always found them charming!

When I was at College I used to spent a lot of time in many of them doing researches or just studying. And the only reason I find for not having visited the National Library in that time was the distance from the university campus to downtown Rio, where the National Library is situated.

In fact, I had already been to the National Library hall but never in any of the many reading rooms, and that’s why I was so frustrated about it.

But the week before I took my mini vacation, after running errands in downtown I decided to tick off from my list of places to visit and attended a guided tour in the National Library of Rio de Janeiro.

It was great to learn a little more about the history of the library and I got very impressed to know that it is considered the largest library in Latin America.

A gentle guide leaded us through the main rooms of the library explaining from the architecture of the building to curiosities about the huge collection of the library.

It was one hour of culture and history!!!

For anyone visiting Rio and interested in learning a little more about the historical Rio de Janeiro should visit it and take this tour. They provide the guided tour every hour from 10 am to 5 pm, from monday to friday, in the following languages: english, spanish and french.

Unfortunately it is not allowed to take photos during the tour.  Those pictures bellow I took in the Main Hall after our guided tour ended.

Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro – Avenida Rio Branco, 219 – Cinelândia – Rio de Janeiro

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