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.
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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.
Smiling is also significant and exude joy and happiness.
A young student of the school of dance graciously made herself available to our group by demonstrating some of her well choreographed and elaborate samba steps. A real delight.
Our beautiful Carnaval Samba guide. A unique experience.
One cannot visit Rio and not getting a feel for what the Brazilian Carnival represents. A tour of one of the top Samba Schools in the city was appropriate and I got to learn what made the Samba and Carnival icons of Brazilian national identity.
Pictures below are remnants of this year parade which are stored in gigantic depot to be reused for the following year with different theme.
Unknown to many, the truck driver when the float is fully assembled is unable to see the path he needs to follow at the Sambadrome. Instinct plays a decisive role.
It is known as the biggest attraction on earth. Carnaval or Samba Parade held yearly for a week of dancing, singing and partying. This parade is held at the Sambadrome where twelve of the top samba schools vie for the prestigious championship title every year. It is a “grand” affair and an event that the Brazilians take very, very seriously. Like the song says: The people spend the whole year preparing for the festivities and on Ash Wednesday, “todo se ababa” (everything is over.) till the following year. The parade displays its best dancers, choreographers, costumes, music etc… in a highly orchestrated event with each individual having a particular role to play according to the school theme. A very elaborate occurence.
The distance for the parade is about one mile, starting from the end of this road…
to end to the very explicit structure in the background which mimics a human “derrière”, referred to as “the Bunda.” It also ressembles the stylish Thong Bikini superbly worn by the Cariocas.
Reflection from a nearby building across the street.
This shot taken from a side door. Inside, the area measures 8,000 square meters and sufficient 5,000 seats (it has a standing-room capacity of 20,000 people).
The New Cathedral, as it is sometimes called, is located in the center of the city.
The cathedral’s four rectilinear stained glass windows soar 64 metres (210 ft) from floor to ceiling.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian (Portuguese: Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião) better known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Såo Sebastian do Rio de Janeiro. The church is dedicated to Saint Sebastien, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro.
The cathedral was designed by Edgar Fonseca in a modern style based on Mayan Architectural style of pyramids.
Like many places, Rio does not escape the turbulent brouhaha created by overpopulated urban cityscapes. Traffic is heavy everywhere with a steady flow and the favelas as seen in the background are very congested.
Some art graffiti on a wall.
A favela in the background next to an affluent area is a common sight.