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

Forte de Copacabana

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There is a special place at Copacabana beach that I believe that everyone visiting Rio should go, this place is Forte de Copacabana.

The Fort is a current military base and it hosts the Museu Histórico do Exército (Historical Museum of the Army) and is located on the right end of Copacabana beach, the place known as Posto 6.

After paying the ticket (R$6) you can access the Fort area, the museum and the Cafes. The Cafes are one of the highlights of this place in my opinion. It is a great place to have a nice breakfast, a quick lunch or just a cup of coffee overlooking Copacabana beach, in one of the Cafes, the traditional Confeitaria Colombo or Café 18 do Forte.

The last time I was there for breakfast, it was when my sister Quiqui was visiting Rio and we had breakfast with my friends at Confeitaria Colombo, as you can check here. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is usually a big waiting line for tables in those two cafes. So if you don’t want to wait too much time, I suggest arriving like 30 minutes before the opening time to guarantee a table with a good view of the beach.

Although I have already been there a thousand times I never get tired of it, and once in a while I go there. Sometimes only to relax overlooking the beautiful scenery of Copacabana beach.

Forte de Copacabana – Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco n. 1 – Posto 6 – Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro – Open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday.


Rei e Rainha do Mar, open water swimming competition at Copacabana

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The athletes competed in different styles and distances, and there was also a Stand up Paddle race.

I had the opportunity to watch the swimming race start for the 3,5 k challenge for men and women categories and it was quite a beautiful spectacle.

In this post I share with you some of the photos I took at the beach, before I went to Copacabana sidewalk to watch the racers of another sport event, the Rio Half Marathon, who were passing by Avenida Atlantica. Those photos I will share with you later this week.

Have a nice week everyone!



World Photo Day

Today is a special day! A day to celebrate photography! August 19th, the World Photography Day!

I thank photography for making my eyes more sensitive to the beauty of the World, for being more attentive to little details of life and nature and for relaxing my eyes from the chaos and stress of our daily lives.

This is my tribute to this World Photo Day, Copacabana beach in Black and White!

Black and White Copacabana

“World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837.” (extracted from World Photo Day website )