Rio Favelas MG_9275

Two favelas from different neighborhoods, where some of them grow into giant communities.  The first picture was shot from a samba school of dance courtyard.

Rio Favela MG_9275

Rio Favelas MG_9349

Unfortunately, these slums are also rather problematic areas. The districts are constantly battling drug use, police brutality, and shootings. The latter are particularly dangerous as stray bullets tend to cause major damage. Despite their shaky reputation, the Favelas are still home to working families who simply try to make a living.

Rio Favela MG_9349

Garota de Ipanema Restaurant, Rio DSC_04249

English translation : The Girl from Ipanema.- is a Brazilian bossa nota jazz song. It was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965.  It was written in 1962, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel.

It is believed to be the second most recorded pop song in history, after “Yesterday” by The Beatles.  The song was inspired by a seventeen-year-old girl living in Ipanema.  Daily, she would stroll past the bar-café, not just to the beach (“each day when she walks to the sea”), but in the everyday course of her life. She would sometimes enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and leave to the sound of wolf-whistles. In the winter of 1962, the composers saw the girl pass by the bar. Since the song became popular, she has become a celebrity.

Garota de Ipanema Restaurant, Rio - DSC04249

The Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio MG_8948

Built in the 19th century, this gorgeous library is home to over 350,000 works — and the largest collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal.

The room is completely covered in books, many of them rare works dating back to the 16th century. It’s the perfect destination for anyone who loves to be surrounded by beautiful books.  Please click on the image for bigger view.

The Carioca Aqueduct of Rio, MG_8942

The Carioca Aqueduct is an aqueduct in the city of Rio. The aqueduct was built in the middle of the 18th century to bring fresh water from the Carioca river to the population of the city. It is an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering.

The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the centre of the city, in the Lapa neighborhood, and is frequently called Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches) by Brazilian People. Since the end of the 19th century the aqueduct serves as a bridge for a popular tram that connects the city centre with the Santa Teresa neighborhood uphill, the Santa Teresa Tramway.

The Carioca Aqueduct of Rio, MG_8942

Colorful Building Façades, Rio MG_8900

Colonial architecture is more prevalent in this area of Rio, called Lapa.  The neighborhood of Lapa, known as the cradle of bohemian Rio is also famous for its architecture, starting with the Arcos – known as the Arcos da Lapa, constructed to act as conduit in the days of colonial Brazil and now serve as a signal for the cable cars that climb the hill of Santa Teresa.

Colorful Building Façades of Rio, MG_8900-2

Colorful Building Façades of Rio, MG_8900

Colorful Colonial Building Façades of Rio, MG_8938-2

Colorful Colonial Building Façades of Rio, MG_8938