Brasilia Travel Blog› entry 137 of 177 › view all entries
July 30th, 2008 – by: sissanoel
Next stop was the National Musuem, which is currently showing an exhibition of Japanese screens, caligraphy, enamel ware and samurai outfits.
We then walked down to the Foreign Affairs building, but couldn't go in as they were preparing for a visit by the President of Costa Rica. The building sits in the middle of a small lake, and we spotted a heron in amongst some of the reeds. The gardener was watering his plants while we were there - he goes out in a small boat and then tips bucket loads of the lake water into the plant beds, good thinking! At the bottom of the "plane" we went into the Lucio Costa Exhibition Space to look at some information about the creation of Brasilia - it includes a scale model of the city which covers almost the whole floor.
On the way back up towards the centre, we passed the Palace of Justice, but couldn't see much within, apart from some very space-age silver tiles on the internal walls. Outside has a serious of waterfalls cascading of platforms that jut out from the building - very cooling in the heat of the day. In the median section of the main avenue near here is the Congress Building, with its 'flying saucer' dishes on top, which represent the two houses of parliament. Apparently you used to be able to walk on the roof of the building, but no more (unless you're the maintenance man).
We went to the shopping centre near the bus station for lunch, then caught the bus back to Tim's place - another hair-raising adventure courtesy of the daring drivers of Brazil!
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