segunda-feira, dezembro 18, 2006

last one

Sugar loaf seems to be shaking because I was in a car... It stills there!!! Posted by Picasa

More of the sunny afternoon

More from the sunny afternoon in Rio this sunday... That one was taken in front of Botafogo Praia Shopping. Posted by Picasa

Sunny sunday in Rio

On my way from South zone to North zone, I tried to capture a bit of the magic of the city... I love this time of the year here, when days are longer. Can you believe it was taken after 6 pm????

Botafogo, just across Botafogo Praia Shopping Posted by Picasa

segunda-feira, dezembro 04, 2006

Samba for free at the Sambadrome

Carnival is already on the corner. As it is a huge competiton, and as any artistic spetacle, the artists need to reharsh on the stage, so nothing can go wrong on the big day. The cool thing is that is open to the general public, just need to show up at the time and day you want. Practice will happen from december to february, every friday / saturday / sunday. It doesn´t come with the huge and beautiful floats and the rich costumes, but is good to learn the music and know more about this cultural manifestation of Rio. In case you don´t know how to get to the sambadrome, take the subway direction north and get down at Praça Onze or Central station (yes, the one from the movie. If you choose this one, remember that you will have to walk 3 or 4 blocks at Ave. Presidente Vargas).

December schedule:
8 th— Império (09 pm)
10 th— Mangueira (07 pm) e Tijuca (09 pm)
17 th— Grande Rio (07 pm) e Beija-Flor (09 pm)
22 th— Salgueiro (09pm)

January schedule:
5/1 — Salgueiro (09pm).
6/1 — Porto da Pedra (09pm).
7/1 — Tijuca (07 pm) e Beija-Flor (09pm)

12/1 — Império (09pm).
13/1 — Estácio (07 pm) e Portela (09pm).
14/1 — Mangueira (07 pm) e Viradouro (09pm)

19/1 — Mocidade (09pm).
21/1 — Grande Rio (07 pm) e Vila (09pm)

26/1 — Imperatriz (09pm).
27/1 — Estácio (07 pm) e Porto da Pedra (09pm
28/1 — Mangueira (07 pm) e Beija-Flor (09pm)

February schedule:

2/2 — Tijuca (09pm).
3/2 — Salgueiro (07 pm).
4/2 — Grande Rio (07 pm) e Viradouro (09pm)

9/2 — Império (09pm).
10/2 — Imperatriz (07 pm) e Portela (09pm)
11/2 — Vila (07 pm)

Oh, and in case you don´t know, or don´t remember, Carnival starts on february 17th...

Afternoon parties sugestion

Hello everyone!
Some night clubs open during the day, so they can offer more fun and party options for the lazy hot summer afternoons after the beach. One good sugestion for the december weekends is Casa Rosa -

The big old pink house, that used to be a brothel in early 20ies of the 20th century, is at Rua Alice, 550 - Laranjeiras (take the subway direction north until Largo do Machado Station and take the integration bus number 406 A - Largo do Machado - Rodoviária, drops you right in front of the club).

On saturdays, bobó de camarão (its a bahian dish made with shrimp) and samba are on the menu. The party starts at 1 pm and goes until 8pm, with a Capoeira presentation around 6 pm. Besides that, the shopping fans can see the production of almost 30 new carioca designers, that sells their bags, shoes, clothes, bijoux, and many more. Entrance is R$ 8 or R$ 15 with the food included.

On sundays, the house is the place for more samba and the most well known brazilian dish - Feijoada. The late lunch starts at 5 pm and the samba goes until 10 pm, followed by some djs, until midnight. Entrance costs R$ 20 male or R$ 16 female (feijoada included).

So, get out of the beach before sunset and taste some of the typical carioca lifestyle!

ps - check the prices and schedules before go on 9364-8011 or 8877-8804