Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Peace in the bustle

A pleasant and shady spot for those who desire a healthy snack

In back of the Casa França Brasil with view on the Igreja da Candelaria
Rua Visconde de Itaboraí, 78 - Centro

Preparations for the Olympic games

Do not at work

In the background the old and famous seafood restaurant AlbaMar where the food is supposed to be good and the view fantastic.

Transformation of the port area. The before and after
With the removal of the overpass we can again appreciate the beautiful colonial buildings

Sunday, February 8, 2015

News from early 2015

As you will see from the following picture, this is a very progressive town. You will have all the comforts of home right on the beach. This just the newest amenity as previously I have posted about the showers, shopping and foods.

This wonder of modern technology is found on Ipanema at the corner with Rua Farme de Amoedo

please check out earlier (old) posts as I have reviewed them recently


This is a very nice restaurant in Leblon, the nicest part of town. This is the second restaurant for the owner, the other one has been established for several years, in the center of town, and is renowned for the feijoada (black beans with lots more) balls.
In the new restaurant, I found the feijoada balls not quite as tasty as the ones in Aconchego Carioca but the moqueca (fish/shrimp stew with coconut milk) balls are superb. They also have a big selection of beers though they are a bit expensive.
Brazilian food.

Rua Rainha Guilhermina, 48 – Leblon. Tel.: 2294-2913
Closed Mondays

Friday, February 14, 2014

Beach shower

Don't they look inviting, so cool? The people seem to be enjoying it all so much.

Well, be careful. A study, recently done by PUC, has determined that the water is extremely polluted. People urinate in the shower, the urine goes back into the water table and comes back as ammonia. You might get a disease, so resist the temptation.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Lapa (but not my info)

The Cosmopolita, one of Lapa's relics from 1906, was serving drinks behind its stained-glass saloon doors. At the Café dos Arcos, a poetry salon was in full swing.
The entire, sizzling nocturnal scene seemed chimerical when I returned to Lapa one sunny weekday afternoon. A bright yellow tramway (no longer in service) trundled its way over the aqueduct, on its way to the hilltop neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. The streets, which nights ago had been filled with fashionistas and late-night revellers, were quiet and reminiscent of a traditional town in the interior.

I stopped at the rustic Adega Flor de Coimbra for a glass of cool red wine (Brazilians like all drinks refrigerated) and bolinhos de bacalhau (cod balls). Opened in 1938, this Portuguese bistro was once a popular haunt where intellectuals, artists and later students and leftists sat around drinking red wine by the glass.

At this same corner sprawls another Lapa landmark, although of a more recent vintage. The "convent stairway" is composed of 215 steps covered with a dazzling mosaic of broken ceramic tiles that lead up to the convent of Santa Teresa.
Selaron, a Chilean artist, began the staircase as a gift to his favourite city. Initially, he purchased antique tiles in Brazil's national hues of green, yellow and blue, but soon people began sending him tiles of all colours from all over the world (including Canada). The result is worthy of Antonio Gaudi.

Wandering beneath the arches and following Avenida Mem de Sa, I passed some beautiful, if slightly worn, buildings. At the century-old Bar Brasil, draft beer is served from an ornate, 90-year-old bronze tower. Lazy ceiling fans and polished wooden freezers contribute to the old world atmosphere.