Ipanema

Tom Jobim Statue at Arpoador

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Tom Jobim Statue at Arpoador sidewalk

Last december, a statue in the honor of Tom Jobim, the brazilian composer, famous for his bossa nova songs, like “Garota de Ipanema” (Girl from Ipanema) was inaugurated in Arpoador sidewalk.

The sculpture is in life-size and was crafted by the artist Christina Motta, the same artist who did the Brigitte Bardot statue in Búzios.

It is another nice point for pictures when visiting Arpoador beach!

Have a nice weekend!!!

A break

It seems an eternity since my last post. I feel like I have abandoned my blog and I feel so sorry for that. But it is just that things are going quite crazy around here. I’m trying to catch up with all the things I left behind because of my surgery three weeks ago. The days at home resting and relaxing are over. I’m almost 100% recovered and now I have to rush to put things in order in time for our family vacation next week.

But yesterday I just stopped a little bit. I deserved a little break from this Christmas season craziness and as I was walking in Ipanema neighborhood I though it would be nice to make a little detour on my way to feel the ocean breeze for a while. And I didn’t regret myself, this picture is here to prove it!

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It was all I needed to feel a little renewed!

Have a nice weekend!!

Beach party

Last saturday we could feel a little of  Rio’s summer atmosphere when a close friend celebrated her birthday in Ipanema Beach, Posto 10.

There are a lot of events going on the beaches of Rio’s south zone in the weekends. And last saturday, one of the attractions of the Project Summer Rio (Verão Rio), organized by “O Globo” newspaper with the partnership of Rio’s City Hall, was the party “Noite do Vinil” (Vinyl’s night). From a stage on the sand of  Ipanema Beach, just beside Posto 10, DJ Pedro Bastos  entertained  people who were enjoying a beautiful  and hot afternoon playing rock, pop, soul and brazilian music only playing vinyl records.

The beach was just perfect that day. At that time , around 5.30 pm,  many people were still in the beach enjoying that hot afternoon. To cool down we took a dip in the sea and had some beers.

It was a very carioca birthday party! My friend was happy! A beautiful location, good friends, good music and a stunning sunset was definitely a great way to celebrate her birthday!

We had a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy the photos!!

Barra da Tijuca, my favourite beach in Rio

Relaxing in Barra Beach

Relaxing in Barra Beach

My favourite beach to spend a sunny day in Rio is not Copacabana, Ipanema or  Leblon. It is Barra beach!

I can remember the first time I was there. I was around 15 years old when my older brother took me and my sister there. The long stretch of sand and the clear blue sea won my heart and my soul. Since then Barra is the beach I got used to go on sunny or cloudy days, in summer or winter.

When I was single I used to go there with my sister and friends.  When I met my husband we used to stay on the beach with a couple of friends until the sun goes down, enjoying the water or  playing “frescobol”( a popular beach game in Rio, in which two players hit a small ball back and forth using paddles) during the summer afternoons. And that was part of the  beginning of our romance.

Now that we are a family, me, my husband and my little son, we chose Barra as our favourite beach.

Kids playing near the water

Kids playing near the water

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Beautiful sea for a dive, but be careful with strong currents

Beautiful sea for a dive, but be careful with strong currents

Myself!

Myself!

Many families choose Barra as their favourite beach

Many families choose Barra as their favourite beach

The ball in the sky

The ball in the sky

Nice beach to practice sports

Nice beach to practice sports

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Dad and kid playing soccer

Dad and kid playing soccer

Because of its distance from other neighborhoods, even in summer time, when most of the beaches in Rio are crowded, we can find a vacant space on the sand of Barra beach.

Barra Beach is in Rio’s west zone, in Barra da  Tijuca, a distant neighborhood from Rio’s downtown and  south zone. So it might be difficult to get there  and to move around if you don’t have a car.

But if you’re visiting Rio consider at least taking a one-day trip to this great beach! It is definitely worth the visit!