Rio Carnival 2016 – Mangueira Crowned Champions

Carnival, the Biggest Show on the Planet has once again brought millions of people to Brazil and to Rio de Janeiro’s Sambodromo on Avenida Marques de Sapucai to see and experience the spectacular. This year’s champion after a long period from the top was Estacao Primeira da Mangueira samba school. The judging was tight between Mangueira and Salgueiro tied until the final category of the floats was announced. In a heartbreaking moment to once again for Salgueiro samba school members and fans, for the third year in a row, the school dropped from the top, this time falling to fourth place after receiving low scores from the judges due to problems with one of their floats.

Mangueira with perfect scores in the final category claimed the crown for the first time since 2002. Their theme included a tribute to Brazilian singer Maria Bethânia, who parading by walking the Avenue because of problems raising here to the platform of her float.  Rounding out the top schools 2. Unidos da Tijuca, 3. Portela, 4. Salgueiro, 5. Beija Flor and 6. Imperatriz Leopoldinense. The 6 schools repeated their show at the Parade of Champions the Saturday after Carnival. Portela, after many years of problems with returned with one of the most beautiful parades and a big contender for the championship. Tracing the history of man from ancient times to the future. Beginning with the story of Moses’ parting of the Red Sea to a tribute to the Lost in Space series and even a flying UFO drone, Portela’s Carnival parade was magnificent.

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Trem do Samba 20 Years

The Trem do Samba ( Samba Train) recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary as a part of Rio de Janeiro’s historical samba culture which celebrate the “National Day of Samba”. The event which happens in December of each year, starts the Rio’s Central Train Station where the Velha Guarda (Old Guard) of all the samba schools such as Portela, Salgueiro, Mangueira, Vila Isabel, to name a few, board the trains along with the public who join in singing, dancing and playing all the samba classics. The trains then head to station of Ozwaldo Cruz in the bairro (neighborhood) of Madureira, the samba mecca of Rio where performances move to stages and rodas da samba all around the neighborhood well into the night. The event is free to the public and one of the most exciting attractions in Rio leading into the Carnival season. This coming year’s Rio Carnival Court featuring the returning member from 2015, King Wilson Dias da Costa Neto, Queen Clara Paixao, and Princesses – Bianca Monteiro and Uillana Adaes joined the in party at the Central Station to set it off.

 

 

Velha Guarda of Portela with President of Portela, Sergio Procopio

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Carlinhos Pandeira de Ouro of Mangueira and the classic film “Orfeu”  “Black Orpheus”

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5 Places You Must Visit in Brazil

brazil travel destinations

Beauty is one the things that Brazil is famous for. These 5 travel destinations show the diversity of Brazil’s beautiful natural landscapes and iconic attractions.

 

corcovado christ statue

Corcovado / Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro.

Completed in 1931, the 98 foot tall statue has been named one of the 7 wonders of the world, with a spectacular view of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Corcovado mountain. If you’re not in   rush, take the train up the mountain side for a picturesque adventure to the top.

pelourinho olodum salvador bahia

Pelourinho – Salvador da Bahia

Pelourinho is perhaps the most famous image of Salvador. During the times of slavery, the Largo do Pelourinho was where the slaves were punished. Now Pelo has become a vibrant cultural center with restaurants serving up delicious Bahian cuisine, artisanal products, baroque architecture, religion and music. On Tuesday nights it has a Carnaval like atmosphere where various shows are performed, such as the rehearsal of Olodum, which attracts thousands of people to the streets and squares of  Pelourinho.

 

Iguassu Falls - Foz do Iguassu

Iguassu Falls – Foz do Iguassu

Iguassu means “large water” in the Tupi-Guarani (indigenous tribe) language. There are 19 main falls. Five of them are on the Brazilian side, with the rest are on the Argentinean side. Since most of the falls are on the Argentinean side and facing Brazil, the best views are for those who observe the scene from the Brazilian side. Iguassu falls are absolutely one of the Wonders of the World that should not be missed.

 

Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha

The islands of this archipelago are the visible parts of a range of submerged mountains. It consists of 21 islands, islets and rocks of volcanic origin which sits 220 miles off the Brazilian coast and is a protected municipality of the state of Pernumbuco.

Scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling and photography are popular activities with the beaches, and life above and below sea as the main attraction of the islands. Sea turtles, dolphins, albatrosses and many other species are frequently observed.

 

Amazon rainforest - Amazonas

Amazon rainforest – Amazonas

The fauna, flora and exotic animal species of the Amazon are, by far, the most endearing traits of this beautiful area. The climate of the Amazon Jungle is typically tropical, with hot, humid conditions both day and night. It is very wet in this area, no matter what time of year. Visitors will need to prepare for these conditions, which can become uncomfortable, but are well worth it. Malaria and/or Yellow Fever vaccination is required.

The best way to experience the Amazon Jungle and its massive rivers are by boat. Trained guides can be hired for individual travellers as well as larger groups. This will allow you to cruise along the deep waters, and spy into the dense rainforest. Many of the native villages have been built on the banks of the Amazon River, giving travellers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their lives and communities.

 

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Why Did Gisele Bundchen Quit Fashion?

Gisele Bundchen quits fashion runway shows

Brazilian Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, wife of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is hanging up her runway shoes in her native Brazil during Sao Paulo Fashion Week, starting today through April 17.

Gisele explained why she is quitting runway to a Brazilian newspaper “Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop,” I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop.

Although Gisele will quit doing catwalk shows, she will continue to work as a print model.

I don’t see how to continue (modeling on the catwalk) … and stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself,” said Bundchen

Gisele has been the world’s highest earning model for the past eight years with Forbes estimating that she earned $47 million USD last year.

SPFW – Sao Paulo Fashion Week runs April 13-17

 

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