A few touristy parts of the Plane

Brasilia Travel Blog

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A ground owl on its nest, seen in the middle of the two main roads in the city of Brasilia.
21 & 22 July:
Had a couple of days at home (or rather, Tim's home!) catching up on internet, washing etc..  Very nice to just sit by the pool reading and relaxing.

23 July:
Got a lift into the centre with Tim this morning, he dropped us at a travel agent he uses so we could book our flights down to Belo Horizonte.  The airline websites here only accept local credit cards, so the concept is great but not much use for foreign travellers.  However, Travel Berlin were very helpful and sorted it all out for us, at the same price as the airline websites.  We walked to the TV Tower, but couldn't go up as it was too early.  Will come back on a weekend to see the market and take the lift up for the view over the city.
View of the Palacio and Plaza de Buriti.

Kept walking up (or is it down?) the road to the Museum of Indigenous People.  This is a very small collection, but some stunning belts and necklaces made out of macaw feathers - the colours are incredibly rich.  Watched a video for about half an hour, showing a day in the life of an indigeous village - cooking, making pottery, fishing etc..  In the local language with Portuguese subtitles, but easy to get the general idea.  Across from the museum is the Memorial JK, which houses the mausoleum of President Juscelino Kubitschek, the man who 'built' Brasilia.  The memorial is on two levels and has loads of clothes, pictures, documents and presidential and foreign decorations he received during his lifetime.
The Museum of Indigenous People - it is built in a spiral, apparently like a traditional house. Another Oscar Niemeyer design.
  Also plenty of information about the construction of Brasilia, which was designed by Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer and Burle Marx.  The city took only 3 years to build and became the Brazilian capital on 21 April 1960.  The plan of the city looks like an aeroplane from above, with wings and a fuselage, with the main public buildings running along the "fuselage" section. 
We walked back down to the Brasilia Shopping centre for lunch (and information about the local buses from the tiny tourist information booth), then caught a bus home in the early afternoon - the ride of our lives!  We are sure that the bus actually left the ground at a couple of points, and if you weren't holding on, you'd be flung about the cabin!  Quite an experience!

24 July:
Had another day at home today, Noel is at the tail end of a bad cold so just wanted to rest up.  Went to "happy hour" at the British Embassy with Tim tonight, enjoyed a Pimms and lemonade - very civilized!
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A ground owl on its nest, seen in …
A ground owl on its nest, seen in…
View of the Palacio and Plaza de B…
View of the Palacio and Plaza de …
The Museum of Indigenous People - …
The Museum of Indigenous People -…
Melissa with an example of the som…
Melissa with an example of the so…
The JK Memorial.
The JK Memorial.
JK on his Memorial.
JK on his Memorial.
The TV Tower.
The TV Tower.
photo by: vulindlela