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Museu da Imagem e do Som (Image and Sound Museum) at Copacabana

A couple of weeks later than my last post, I share with you a photo of the new building of Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) , Image and Sound Museum of Rio, on Avenida Atlântica, at Copacabana beach.

The new MIS building is still under construction and is supposed to be ready by June, 2016, but you can already see a little bit of its architecture and imagine how it is going to be when it is ready.

This new Image and Sound Museum is meant to be a contemporary museum and culture center hosting exhibitions to provide the visitors “a journey throughout the cultural history of Rio”.

The Museum is currently working in its old building in Lapa neighborhood, but that aren’t many events going on there. The Museum’s staff is focused in the preparation  of the Museum’s collection for the new Copacabana building.  So if you are in Rio right now, unfortunately you won’t be able to see the Museum’s collection for yourself, but if you got interested and curious about this Museum, check its website and Facebook page.

But if you are planning to come for the Olympic Games, maybe you should consider on your planning a quick visit to this Museum!!

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For a better Brazil

IMG_1029Today we put our yellow and green shirts and joined people in the streets in the protests to claim for a better Brazil. Although many claims for the impeachment of our actual president Dilma Roussef, which political specialists consider unlikely to happen, my personal reasons to join the crowd in Copacabana seafront were to protest against corruption, impunity, but most of all to teach my little son that when we see something wrong happening we can’t silence ourselves.  Although people in the crowds claimed for different reasons they all have in common the same dissatisfaction with Brazil situation.

It is well-known that Brazil lives a serious economical, political and social crisis.  After the reelection of President Dilma Roussef, last October, brazilian people are divided in two groups, the ones that still supports the government and the ones that didn’t vote for her,  who are protesting today for a better Brazil.

We didn’t stay much, my son doesn’t like crowds, but we stayed enough time for him to see with his own eyes what we people can do to protest against a bad administration government, when you live in a democratic country. Brazilians kept in silent for years, but now things are changing.  I’m not going to deepen the political discussion, this blog is not for that and I’m not an expert in brazilian politics, I’m just sharing my personal thoughts and feelings as a brazilian.

We don’t know what is going to happen next. Just hope things start to change and that Brazil can recover soon from the serious crisis we’re living.

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.

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

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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