Doing Rio!!!!

cnwriter..carolinaStarred Page By cnwriter..carolina, 14th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3hy5mm19/
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This is a multi-faceted description of Rio de Janeiro - its historical buildings, beaches, history, music, cuisine, cachaca drinks distilled from sugar cane, the bossa nova and infamous Carmen Miranda, and the Copacabana Hotel.

Cidade Maravilhosa...the Marvellous City

This cosmopolitan city pulsing with life is a conglomerate of sprawling environs, dazzling beaches and majestic mountains. The glittering home of a multi-cultural people who give thanks daily for their Cidade Maravilhosa – Marvellous City.

Rio is a city of many contrasts, light and dark, mountains and sea, poverty and wealth. They mingle together as does the light at dawn or dusk, then separate, giving glimpses of glorious beauty and extreme ugliness.
One might say, 'like life' and just so, pulsing through this cosmopolitan city, with its sprawling environs, dazzling beaches and majestic mountains you can sense the exciting rhythm of its spirited people.
A conglomerate of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural beings who truly believe in their way of life and give thanks daily to the Cidade Maravilhosa - the Marvellous City.

The Cultural Corridor and its historical buildings

Founded by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, the gutteral Portuguese language is still spoken by many of its inhabitants,

There is a multitude of interesting sites for those with intellectual leanings. The Cultural Corridor in the heart of downtown Rio includes a number of historical buildings such as the National Library built in neoclassic style where the smallest book in the world is on view.
The gorgeous Municipal Theatre is modeled on the Opera Charles Garnierin Paris. It was known as Rio’s most luxurious and extravagant building and, lit up at night, 'tis a glorious sight to see, being the center of Rio's cultural activities.

Sacred Buildings

The Sao Bento Monastery is one of Brazil’s most historic buildings dating back to the mid 17th century. Amongst the precious artifacts are wood carvings designed by Frei Domingos da Conceicao and paintings by Ricardo do Pilar and Jose de Oliveira Rosais.
The Outeiro da Gloria set atop a steep hill crowned by a lovely little church is a fascinating study for those interested in the blue and white tiling artistry of the early Portuguese. The walls in this sacred building are covered in tiling depicting scenes from the "Song of Songs".

Historical data of Brazil

The Museu da Republica, formerly the Catete Palace, is another place of interest. It is known for its luxurious decorative style of architecture having been built between 1858 and 1867 and is representative of the ancient mansions built in Rio de Janeiro at that time.
In 1808 the court of the royal Portuguese family moved to Rio and great mansions were built to house the courtiers. But with the decline of the coffee plantations and lack of slave labour, many of these changed hands and in 1896 the Catete Palace, known as the Palace of the Eagles because of the great statues on the roof, was bought to install the Presidency of the Republic.
In 1960 the Federal Government transferred to Brasilia and since then the Museu has been a mecca for those interested in the republican history of Brazil, documented in objects, photographs and memorabilia. From the reconstruction of President Vargas' private apartments where he committed suicide to a Light and Sound show recording the life and death of this man - quite fascinating to those of a gory nature!

Enchanting townhouses from a time long gone by

Quite enchanting are the seven colorful townhouses in the Largo do Boticario which have become a monument to the colonial aspect of the city. The little cobble-stoned street with its ancient trees and the quiet lilt of the Carioca River lazily winding through, endowed upon the city inhabitants their nickname 'cariocas'. The gracious facades of these charming buildings built in the 1800's are a reminder of an age long gone.

Nature's Gifts to Rio

But Rio is not only monuments built by man for man, nature herself has been very generous to this exotic part of the world. The glorious acquamarine waters of the Southern Atlantic Ocean lap against pearly white beaches or foam whitely against the outbreaks of rock around which the Fort of Copacabana was built to defend the city against pirates.
All around the undulating mountains spiked by the Corcovado and Sugar Loaf assert themselves in total grandeur.

Built between sea and mountains the city of Rio with its population of 6 million stretches out to a 300 mile radius and every day, come rain or shine, the beaches are crowded with people walking, running, building picturesque sand castles, playing volleyball, surfing or just idling at open air stands to drink the famous coconut milk.
And over all the great statue of Christ the Redeemer munificently places his blessing, his arms outstretched seemingly encompassing the world in His love.

to be continued.....

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Bossa Nova, Cachaca Drinks, Carmen Miranda, Copacabana Palace, Dazzling White Beaches, Historical Buildings, Rio, Rio De Janeiro

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Mar 2012 (#)

thank you Mark and for the star!!

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author avatar Denise Larkin
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Great work and pictures.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Mar 2012 (#)

as always thank you Denise, you are such a great supporter...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Beautiful..wonderful pictures too, thankhyou CN:0)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Delicia, I do appreciate your comments...it was a wonderful visit to Rio so much to see and do...thank you...

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author avatar Linda Adran
15th Mar 2012 (#)

What an amazing write up of such a spectacular place! My bags are packed and I'm ready to go! Thank you for the Lovely article CN!

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author avatar Cnwriter
15th Mar 2012 (#)

thank you LInda..I love you

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Never been to Rio, or anywhere in South America to be honest, looks great.

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author avatar Cnwriter
15th Mar 2012 (#)

it is a fabulous place and you should visit when you can..I will be continuing with my visit to Buele Max home in the rainforests another great part of Brazil

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author avatar Avery
15th Mar 2012 (#)

that is beautiful cnwriter! I also got to see Brazil by watching The Amazing Race

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Mar 2012 (#)

thank you so much...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Having spent all my life in Asia, my chances of visiting Brazil and South America - even North America for that matter - looks remote. But you have given me a better gift - describing through wonderful pictures and words what life is like there and the history too. Thanks indeed cnw - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Mar 2012 (#)

so glad I could give you a vision of how wonderful Rio is and there is more to come!!!
have a wonder filled day...

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author avatar Buzz
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Beautiful text and pics. Reminded me of great artists like Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Morris Albert and so on. Can't wait to read the next installment, my friend. Congrats on the STAR!

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author avatar richardpeeej
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you for taking me on a journey to Rio cnwriter. What a magical place to be. A well deserved star for your work my friend...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz and Richard for your congrats and for enjoying the journey through Rio...blessings..

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Wow! Such a great Star page Carolan! What a stunning city...You bring each and every one of your Travel guides alive for me my friend..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Aliveness lives inside you dear Bev, to be awakened sometimes by yourself and other times by others.. LOL

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author avatar Ramalingam
29th Jun 2012 (#)

Very interesting account with nice photos.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Dec 2013 (#)

thank you Ramalingam...

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author avatar Rose*
16th Dec 2013 (#)

Those town houses look incredible! So colorful and so Brazillian!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Dec 2013 (#)

yes that is what I though when I was there....

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