Que Beleza

After eight (!) years, I finally returned to Rio de Janeiro. I have memories of me gawking in awe through the cab window during my first visit, and this time was no different. Rio is an enchanting city. Besides the well-documented beaches and favelas on the hills, there’s also so much green, so much beautiful flora coexisting with the historic architecture. And the views, whether they be from Pão de Açucar or a morro are spectacular. I even find the shh shh shh carioca accent charming.

I was worried that I would get too spoiled in Rio and end up resenting São Paulo, but fortunately that didn’t happen. Sampa doesn’t have the instant wonder and allure of Rio de Janeiro, but it has its own complex and interesting character that keeps me intrigued. Although I do wish the beach was just a metro ride away.

arcos da lapa

Arcos da Lapa

santa teresa

Santa Teresa

santa teresa

Painting a mural in Santa Teresa

garota de ipanema

Rua Vinicius de Moraes, with the namesake’s most famous song.

tiê-sangue

The red bird is called a tiê-sangue.

Bar Astor - Ipanema

Bar Astor, Ipanema

pão de açúcar

View from Pão de Açúcar

ipanema

Ipanema on a Sunday

lapa

End of the Arcos

teatro municipal de rio de janeiro

Inside the Teatro Municipal

papayas - botafogo

Papaya growing on the hill in Botafogo

botafogo

Botafogo

monkey/macaco - pão de açucar

Monkey in Pão de Açucar

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MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio

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MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio

Mirador da Paz - an elevator that connects Ipanema with Morro do Pavão. This is one view, facing the morro.

Mirador da Paz – an elevator that connects Ipanema with Morro do Pavão. This is one view, facing the morro.

View from the other side, facing Ipanema beach.

View from the other side, facing Ipanema beach.

Centro

Centro

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

 

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