The River of January

Rio de Janeiro Travel Blog

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... Cristo Redentor from the lagoon ...

It's the meaning of Rio de Janeiro in Portuguese. At first sight, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most naturally beautiful cities of the world. If you go there by bus, you'll see what I'm trying to say. Topography is great, and you can see it before you see the city.

Rio is a touristic city. There are so many things to see and to do. However, my time was limited in this beautiful city and I had to use it efficiently. So, I made a walking tour with my friend. We started our hike from Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. This is a very beautiful lagoon where you can find peace. There is a long hiking/biking path, but we didn't complete it.  

Our second stop was Leblon and Ipanema Beaches. Those beaches are in the same coastline, and promises a very nice view and horizon. Especially, you can see the sunrise and sunset in Ipanema with lots of people.

... me at Escadaria Selarón ...
When the sun goes down, people celebrate it with clapping their hands (sounds funny, right! :)) After that, we cross the park and arrived the most famous beach of the town: Copacabana. It's a very long beach, too. What I heard is, so many people all around the world come there every year to celebtrate Christmas and the New Year.

After the lunch (it was Açaí and Coconut Water), we continued our tour and went to the famous stairway called Escadaria Selarón made by the Chilean artist  Jorge Selarón. I personally met him and took a picture with him. It was a very interesting place. The music video of Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell, "Beautiful", was filmed there. There are so many ceramic frames from all around the world, and I saw lots of frames from Turkey. It was great! He asked me for a frame of my favourite team, Fenerbahce SK. Then we went to the downtown passing through the Carioca Aqueduct (Aqueduto da Carioca), an historical aqueduct was built in 18th century inspired by Roman aqueducts. 

We also visited a couple of historical buildings in downtown Rio, such as Teatro Municipal, National Library, City Hall, Palaces, Churches and Portugues Language Academy. Then we went to the public market called Saara. You can find cheap gifts and souvenirs in that place, so give it a shot!

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... Cristo Redentor from the lagoo…
... Cristo Redentor from the lago…
... me at Escadaria Selarón ...
... me at Escadaria Selarón ...
... me at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas…
... me at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freita…
... me at Ipanema & Leblon ...
... me at Ipanema & Leblon ...
... Carioca Aqueduct ...
... Carioca Aqueduct ...
... me and the acerola tree ...
... me and the acerola tree ...
... me at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas…
... me at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freita…
... me at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas…
... me at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freita…
... a view from Ipanema neighborho…
... a view from Ipanema neighborh…
... sky from the Ipanema beach ...
... sky from the Ipanema beach ...
... a view from Arpoador ...
... a view from Arpoador ...
... a pigeon on Praça do Arpoador…
... a pigeon on Praça do Arpoado…
... me pointing Pao de Açucar at …
... me pointing Pao de Açucar at…
... :) ...
... :) ...
... :) ...
... :) ...
... Pao de Açucar ...
... Pao de Açucar ...
... Escadaria Selarón ...
... Escadaria Selarón ...
... my guides at Escadaria Selaró…
... my guides at Escadaria Selar…
... Mehmed II the Conqueror & Tu…
... Mehmed II 'the Conqueror' & T…
... Janissaries & Blue Mosque fram…
... Janissaries & Blue Mosque fra…
... an Islamic frame ...
... an Islamic frame ...
... a frame of the Holy Mecca ...
... a frame of the Holy Mecca ...
... me pointing another frame abou…
... me pointing another frame abo…
... some other countries frames .…
... some other countries' frames …
... me and the main frames ...
... me and the main frames ...
... chicago & los angeles ...
... chicago & los angeles ...
... chicago !!! ...
... chicago !!! ...
... me & my guides ...
... me & my guides ...
... another Turkish frame ...
... another Turkish frame ...
... me & Selarón ...
... me & Selarón ...
... me & Selarón ...
... me & Selarón ...
... Africa ...
... Africa ...
... its a cool graffiti, isnt it…
... it's a cool graffiti, isn't i…
... me & Aqueduto da Carioca ...
... me & Aqueduto da Carioca ...
... Teatro Municipal in Cinelândi…
... Teatro Municipal in Cinelând…
... Biblioteca Nacional (National …
... Biblioteca Nacional (National…
... Museu Nacional de Belas Artes …
... Museu Nacional de Belas Artes…
... Teatro Municipal in Cinelândi…
... Teatro Municipal in Cinelând…
... the monument to Floriano Peixo…
... the monument to Floriano Peix…
... me & the monument to Floriano …
... me & the monument to Floriano…
... the monument to Floriano Peixo…
... the monument to Floriano Peix…
... a skyscraper in Cinelândia ...
... a skyscraper in Cinelândia ...
... the roof of Teatro Municipal .…
... the roof of Teatro Municipal …
... the Dentist, Brazillian hero .…
... the Dentist, Brazillian hero …
... Paço Imperial ...
... Paço Imperial ...
... Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeir…
... Old Cathedral of Rio de Janei…
... Portiguese Literature Building…
... Portiguese Literature Buildin…
... ceiling of the building ...
... ceiling of the building ...
... interiors of the building ...
... interiors of the building ...
... one of the kings of Brazil ...
... one of the kings of Brazil ...