I Spy: Awilda

Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa’s work Awilda at Praia Botafogo.

20120918-223833.jpg It’s part of the ongoing OiR (Otras Ideais Para o Rio) exhibits.

I Spy: Street Art in Botafogo

20120918-221948.jpg

20120918-222002.jpg

20120918-222012.jpg

20120918-222023.jpg

20120918-222037.jpg

20120918-222048.jpg

20120918-222056.jpg

Located in a walkway to Praia Botafogo that runs underneath the street.

Confeitaria Colombo

20120718-163446.jpg

Established in 1894 and well preserved since then, Confeitaria Colombo can be found on Rua Gonçalves Dias 32 in Centro, Rio de Janeiro. Large open doors lead you off the street and into larger open spaces that are made seemingly larger with mirrors lining the walls, along side stained glass and two story high wooden and glass cabinets that incase treasures from the tearoom’s past. With it’s open plan and lighting mixing with the smells of tea, coffee and sweets served among more than a hundred year old perserved pieces, it’s a place that feels warm, comforting and stable.

20120718-164407.jpg

To the left when you enter there are two large glass containers filled with sweets, pastries and other goodies for sale or eating on site. Past them you find the main tearoom area.

20120718-164346.jpg

To the right of the entrance is an elevator and a section to sit and have coffee, tea and/or a snack.

20120718-164752.jpg

Upstairs there is more formal dining and more memorabilia.

20120718-165034.jpg

20120718-165118.jpg

20120718-165126.jpg

Lunches and snacks can range from R$10-R$35 and I’ve heard mixed reviews about the food. Some say it’s so-so while others say it’s overpriced (welcome to Rio). Sadly, having already eaten, MGFI and I just had coffee on the right side but overpriced or not, the goodies in the containers sure looked temptingly tasty. They seemed to have a lot of variety as well.

I recommend stopping by here if you should find yourself in Centro, Rio. It’s atmosphere alone is worthy of a visit. Once you enter it does truly feel like you have stepped into a different place and time.

I Spy: Cristo

As seen from an apartment window in Botafogo.

20120625-112209.jpg

I Spy: A Tara McPherson Work

I spotted this on a wall in a shop in Ipanema. Having been a fan for years, I noticed this the moment we walked through the door. You can see more of her wonderful work here – Tara McPherson | Art.

20120625-111340.jpg

20120625-111350.jpg

I Spy: MST Protesters and a Disinterested Carioca

Assembling at Cúpula dos Povos, MST (Movimento Sem Terra) protesters marched through the streets of Rio yesterday. Globo reported that the protest ended in violence.

The picture below was taken near Cinelandia.

20120622-144655.jpg

My Day at Cúpula dos Povos (in Pictures)

Cúpula dos Povos is the people’s summit that’s happening concurrently with UN’s Rio+20 Earth Summit. Held in Aterro do Flamengo, MGFI and I went to check it out today. Here is what we saw:

20120621-224308.jpg

20120621-224222.jpg

20120621-224216.jpg

20120621-224159.jpg

20120621-224240.jpg

20120621-224252.jpg

20120621-224229.jpg

20120621-224300.jpg

20120621-224315.jpg

20120621-224322.jpg

20120621-224330.jpg

20120621-224340.jpg

20120621-224349.jpg

20120621-224402.jpg

20120621-224413.jpg

20120621-224420.jpg

20120621-224427.jpg

20120621-224434.jpg

20120621-224442.jpg

20120621-224455.jpg

20120621-224502.jpg

20120621-224510.jpg

20120621-224519.jpg

20120621-224527.jpg

20120621-224533.jpg

20120621-224540.jpg

20120621-223706.jpg

20120621-223723.jpg

20120621-223755.jpg

20120621-223737.jpg

20120621-223809.jpg

20120621-223829.jpg

20120621-223911.jpg

20120621-223931.jpg

20120621-223943.jpg

20120621-223957.jpg

20120621-224008.jpg

20120621-224026.jpg

20120621-224036.jpg

20120621-224046.jpg

20120621-224056.jpg

20120621-224208.jpg

20120621-224138.jpg

20120621-224129.jpg

20120621-224117.jpg

My Day in Ipanema (In Pictures)

20120621-005942.jpg

20120621-010002.jpg

20120621-010012.jpg

20120621-010022.jpg

20120621-010028.jpg

20120621-010034.jpg

20120621-010042.jpg

20120621-010048.jpg

20120621-010100.jpg

20120621-010108.jpg

20120621-010119.jpg

20120621-010140.jpg

20120621-010148.jpg

20120621-010155.jpg

20120621-010204.jpg

20120621-010218.jpg

20120621-010225.jpg

20120621-010232.jpg

20120621-010243.jpg

20120621-010303.jpg

20120621-010250.jpg

20120621-010257.jpg

I Spy: Construction of the Cidade das Artes Complex, Barra

Formerly the Cidade da Musica and originally scheduled to open in 2004, it just might be completed this year. We’ll see. I’ve heard mixed feelings about this work by the French architect, Christian de Portzamparc. (See more of his architecture work here- Christian de Portzamparc). I personally like the design.

20120427-154501.jpg

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.