Brazil, last days in Parintins and cruising the Amazon

Sad to be leaving Brazil after what has been a fab and varied visit. Our last port of call was a place on the Amazon called Parintins which is famous for its boi Bumba dancing – a mix of Afro caribbean and Brazilian exuberance. The cast were fantastic and I loved every minute. I even […]

Brazil, Manaus – a once grande dame that’s now a little jaded. Pink dolphins that decide to attack me!

I spent a few days in and around Manaus – which is actually on the Rio Negro which is a very wide offshoot of the Amazon. Something about the ph level of this river makes it highly acid and all I understand about that is they don’t seem to have any mosquitos – and that’s […]

Brazil, Recife and Olinda – colourful buildings, Jewish heritage and carnival puppets

I am now in the north eastern part of Brazil which has a different feel to it. Still big cities but more friendly and laid back than in the South (at least that’s my impression). Olinda is about 5km from downtown Recife and provides nice views from the main (and somewhat dilapidated) church over the […]

Brazil, Armacao dos Búzios and Salvador de Bahia

A stop in the small seaside of town of Armação dos Búzios involved a boat ride on a local schooner with various stops for those who wanted a swim (not me). It was the town that Brigitte Bardot made famous in the 60s when she stayed there with her Brazilian boyfriend to escape the paparazzi […]

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro- a busy day. Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer, museum of Tomorrow, Kobra’s mural, Sao Bento church, the beaches

An early start today to take the 140 year old train up Corcovado (the hunchback hill) in Rio to see Christ the Redeemer statue and avoid the worst of the crowds. Here’s my art shot of the train! I caught a tiny peek at the station out of the window but it’s amazing how quickly […]