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Rio de Janeiro

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  • Day41

    Paraty, Brazil (or not)

    February 13 in Brazil

    I’m afraid that all we are going to see of Paraty, Brazil is out our windows. Captain Zanello just informed us that the weather is too dangerous to allow us into this port. Rough seas, 60 knot winds and an hour-long tender ride from our anchor spot all add up to a big “no”. So we are on our way to the next port (where it is also supposed to be raining).
    After that we are headed to Rio (where it is ALSO supposed to raining), and we are hoping this weather system will drop the temperature in Rio from the 109 degrees that it was yesterday.
    Soooo, the bar is open and it will be reading and watching movies today.
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  • Day42

    Buzios, Brazil

    February 14 in Brazil

    We are hot and loving the beautiful sunshine here in Buzios, Brazil. This is a get-away town for people who live in Rio and Sao Paola, so everyone is happy, drinking beer and eating ice cream. And, recovering from the carnival celebration last night. They were sweeping up piles of confetti on the streets.
    We appreciated our little ship today when it was time to ride the tender back from town. We looked in disbelief at the tender line for the other cruise ship in the harbor that had to be 300 people. Someone caught us and directed us to our line of about 10 people.
    We enjoyed all the colorful architecture, tiles and cobbled streets here and tried to enjoy a little quiet before spending the next 3 days in Rio!
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  • Day45

    Blame it on Rio

    February 17 in Brazil

    My dear wife, Ali, is currently out of commission so this blog post on Carnival falls to me. It all started with our special tickets to the Winner’s Parade, a collection of the 6 winning Samba school entries capping off the fesivities of Brazilian Carnival. We heard about the the more than 450 block parties, the numerous street parades and the millions of people that attended the Ipanema and Cocacabana beach parties, but these happened just prior to our arrival and the city of Rio was managable for the past three days of our visit. We thought the Winner’s Parade on the last night of our visit was probably just a low-key show for visitors like us with our special passes and shuttle busses.

    Not so. The samba schools are dance clubs that work nearly a full year to develop the theme, samba music, dances and floats for their entries in Carnival. During the festivities, 5 or 6 of the 12 major schools (there are hundreds of minor schools) are selected to perform in the Winner’s Parade, which occurs in the Sambadrome, a structure built specifically for this event.

    We knew these basics ahead of time, but the reality was revealed when we saw the glow of light from the Sambadrome as our bus was crossing town, still miles away. The Sambadrome is like a linear stadium, but nearly one-half mile in length and seating more than 70,000 people. We reached our seats in the brightlly light parade stretch about 9:00 PM and people were asking us if we planned on spending the whole night. Say what?

    The first of the six schools entered the Sambadrome about 10:00 with pulsing music, fireworks, much noise and cheering. We had one beer and pizza by that point. Only then did we realize that each samba school has 3000-3500 costumed participants and 5 or 6 spectacular floats laden with dancing people who actively engage the audience. We had held off on drinking the national drink, the caipirinha, but the rush of colors, pulsating beats, costumed bodies and excitement of the event led us to unwisely succumb and imbibe as the evening progressed. I remember the name “caipirinha” by thinking of the word piranha, but it turns out the similarity is not just in the sound of the name.

    Each samba school takes about an hour to pass through the stands with a break between, during which we tried to process the overwhelming visual, auditory and social experience, (and get more caipirinhas). Then the next school starts up, with a different song, color scheme and theme (usually political, a rich field right now) and more overwhelming stimulus. We got home at 3:00 AM even with the favorable 1-hour time change that conveniently occurred that night. We didn’t even see the last two samba schools, fearing we would miss the early departure of our ship. So, Ali is in bed and I am writing. The photos accompanying this blog enhance this verbal description, but there is one word that I have never used that perhaps does it best…scintillating.
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  • Day43

    Wow! Three full days in Rio! We are always given little talks about always being aware onshore for pickpockets and petty crime, but the warnings for Rio were downright intense. Apparently, Rio has a reputation for robbery crimes-we have gone in with nothing-no jewelry, watches, bags, etc.
    We took a 5 hour walking tour our first morning and we had 2 bodyguards for 12 of us. Enough of that.
    We learned some fascinating history and heard about some of the problems that are prevalent present day, specifically, the cost of living being far too high for wages that can be earned. There are myriad issues that come from this, including the ever-growing “favelas” and drug and gang activity. Sounds like some bad politicians.
    We located a guide that took us out to a couple of clubs this evening. It was interesting in that getting there in his car, we saw no one walking around, yet the actual area where the clubs were, were teeming with people. There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving so people take a taxi to where they are partying, then take a taxi back out.
    We visited 2 clubs with live music, drank caipirinhas and yes, danced the samba. It was definitely an experience and we got a real taste of night life in Rio.
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  • Day44

    Look at me, just a couple days in Brazil and I’m speaking fluent Portuguese! Well, at least a little bit.
    After our late night last night, we had a lighter day today, walking near the port and visiting a local museum.
    The “museum of the future” was mildly interesting, but more focused on special effects (not great ones) than on content. The most interesting thing about the museum was that it is completely self-sufficient, powered by solar and taking energy from the tides.
    The other interesting thing right at the port is a mural painted by graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra on an abandoned warehouse. It is 51’ tall by 564’ long and was painted for the 2016 Olympics to represent the different ethnicities participating in the games. It is a beautiful piece and adds a great deal of character to the port area.
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  • Day45

    What a fabulous day in Rio! The 4 of us hired a guide to see some of the popular sites plus some other sites that we might not be able to get to on a regular excursion. Luciana quickly assessed our group and saw that we were interested in seeing as much as possible and we did indeed! She had some great connections and she would phone ahead to one of the more crowded sites and have someone she knew there purchase the tickets for us and have them waiting when we arrived.
    Our first stop was the Christ the Redeemer statue. We took a cog train up there that at times seemed to move nearly vertically. There is something special about actually seeing something so iconic. The clouds obscured our view over the city somewhat, but it was a magical moment none-the-less.
    We sped across the city to take the 2 trams that go up to Sugarloaf mountain. The views were spectacular and we learned a great deal about the layout of the city from Luciana.
    Next was a drive-by of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Apparently, there is quite a “beach life” in Rio. Luciana said that most of the people on the beaches are locals and you always go to a specific area indicated by a number along the road. For example, she always goes to number 9. All of her “beach friends” are also always at number 9. Within 9, she goes to Moises beach shack. For very few reals (about 31 cents per real), Moises provides you with a chaise lounge, an umbrella, will get you any refreshments that you wish from any restaurant and will watch your stuff if you go swimming. She said that she’s known her beach friends for years, but she never sees them anywhere but the beach. Hhmmm...
    Our late lunch was near Ipanema Beach. We specifically asked to have the typical Brazilian dish Feijoada. It is black beans, garlic and a number of different meats served with rice, cassava flour and kale. Delicious, especially paired with a caipirinha and a shot of some unknown alcohol that is supposed to “open up the appetite”.
    Back to the van, where I immediately fell hard asleep until we arrived at the Rocinha favela for a short walk. The favelas (about 1000 of them in Rio) are almost like small cities. They are quite poverty stricken and struggle with crime and disease, but there were some small improvements in the one we visited. There is electricity (illegally obtained, but not pursued for payment), running water and some technology such as cable tv. There are many services such as groceries and clothing shops, but there is no infrastructure to speak of.
    All the rest of the time, Luciana regaled us with lots of stories about Brazil, life in Rio and some of the people she has served as guide for in the past.
    With our heads about to explode from all the information, sights, sounds and smells of the day, we head back to the ship to prepare for an evening at the Carnival Winners parade. Who knows what that will bring?
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  • Day1

    Rio de Janeiro, Brésil

    March 26, 2017 in Brazil

    Les cariocas sont les habitants​ de la ville de Rio de Janeiro. Le premier carioca que nous avons rencontré est notre guide, Paulo. Il nous a dit que, à Rio, la vie n'est pas facile mais que pourtant tout le monde sourit tout le temps. Le deuxième carioca que nous avons rencontré nous a fait attendre quelques heures devant la porte de l'appartement (où nous allons loger quelques jours) le temps qu'il finisse son après midi de plage.

    Amélie

    Après avoir atterri à Rio et après avoir​ pris un taxi, nous sommes arrivés à l'immeuble où nous avions loué un appartement. Malheureusement les parents n'avaient pas précisé l'heure de notre arrivée, donc nous nous sommes mis à attendre. Au bout d'une heure, maman, Amélie et moi, nous sommes allés nous balader pendant que papa gardait les sacs. Nous sommes arrivés à la plage de Copacabana où nous sommes allés goûter l'eau de la mer. Sauf qu'une vague nous a pris par surprise: nous étions trempés. Alors nous sommes allés nous baigner habillés. En sortant de à l'eau, nous avions plein de sable dans les poches. Nous sommes rentrés:  le monsieur de l'appart venait juste d'arriver.. de la plage!!!

    Olivier
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  • Day1

    Nous sommes montés à pied sur la colline de Santa Teresa. On aurait pu prendre un "bombe"(prononcer bommbé). Le bombe est une sorte de tramway très célèbre à Rio, il passe sur des arches blanches qui sont un symbole de la ville. Mais malheureusement c'était fermé le dimanche. En haut de la colline nous avons vu un très beau point de vue sur Rio. C'était magnifique. En redescendant, nous sommes passés par un escalier. Sur toutes les marches de cet escalier, il y avait de la mosaïque. Le monsieur qui a mis ces mosaïques( M. Selaron) y a passé 20 ans. Les gens lui rapportaient des carreaux de faïence de 60 pays différents. On a vu 2 fois celle de Paris.

    Amélie

    Por favor
    Obligado/obrigada
    Sim/não
    Olá
    Boa tarde
    Boa noite
    Bom dia
    Desculpe
    De nada

    Olivier
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  • Day5

    Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil

    March 30, 2017 in Brazil

    Hier nous sommes allés voir une favela avec un guide. Nous sommes montés en funiculaire (c'est la seule favela qui en a un depuis quelques années). Heureusement parceque cela montait très haut sur la colline. Puis nous sommes redescendus à pied. Sur le chemin, nous avons acheté des truffes en chocolat avec plein de goûts différents, un tee-shirt et des​ cartes postales dans les petites boutiques de la favela.

    Mais d'où vient ce nom ?

    La favela est une plante irritante. Les habitants (les cariocas les plus pauvres) ont donné ce nom aux collines où ils habitaient car ils ne voulaient pas être dérangés par la police. Ils venaient s'entasser dans les hauteurs de la ville, souvent dans des habitations précaires, en bois. Il y a 700 favelas à Rio, dont 40 ont été pacifiées ces dernières années.

    Olivier

    Un symbole de Rio:

    Tout commença le jour où, 6 jours avant Noël 1961, un chapiteau de cirque s'enflamma. Il y eu environ 500 morts, surtout des enfants. Quelques jours après le drame, un homme un peu étrange avec une grande barbe et un long vêtement blanc vint sur le lieu de la catastrophe et fit plein de déclamations. Il les écrivit sur les murs de la ville. Beaucoup de gens le prennaient pour un fou. Mais une de ses devises est restée un des symboles de la ville "GENTILEZA GERA GENTILEZA" (la gentillesse entraîne la gentillesse).

    Amélie 
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  • Day18

    Rio de Janeiro - Zuckerhut

    January 23, 2017 in Brazil

    Willkommen in Rio de Janeiro!

    Die ehemalige Hauptstadt Brasiliens empfängt uns mit traumhaften Wetter bei knapp über 30 Grad und blauem Himmel. Unser Aufenthalt hier dauert 2 Tage. Als erstes haben wir uns wie auf den Fotos zu sehen mit der Seilbahn zum Zuckerhut (Pão de Açúcar) begeben. Es gibt die Talstation, Mittelstation und die Endstation, welche sich auf dem Zuckerhut befindet.

    Von hier oben hat man eine unglaubliche Aussicht über Rio de Janeiro, die Copa Cabana und natürlich die Christus Statue auf dem Corcovado.

    Ich denke die Fotos sprechen für sich 😁
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