Rio de Janeiro adds public bike rentals…(as reported in the Huffington Post) Oct 28, 2011

Rio de Janeiro to have public bike rental program

October 28, 2011 04:57 PM EST | AP

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro is implementing a public bike rental program, following in the footsteps of Paris, Washington, Mexico City and San Francisco.

Rio de Janeiro public bike rental program starts October 28th, 2011

The system was inaugurated Friday (October 28th, 2011) with 11 bike rental stations in the beach-side neighborhood of Copacabana. The mayor’s office says 60 secure docking stations will be installed across the city by Dec. 13, making 600 bicycles available to the public. The bikes can be returned at any station, giving riders freedom to hop on and off where needed. Users have to register online and buy a daily pass for $3 or monthly pass for $6. Rio’s system is modeled after the bike-sharing program implemented in Paris in 2007 and reproduced by many cities around the world. -as reported in the Huffington Post by AP

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We are ecstatic that such a program has been implemented as many of our guests who are used to such bike rental programs want to use one here in Rio de Janeiro!

For the official website (in Portuguese) please find the link below:

http://www.mobilicidade.com.br/bikerio.asp

Is that Sade?…..REALLY???

Sade World Tour 2011

We decided since we have ALWAYS wanted to see Sade in concert that there was no better time than the present. Large posters of Sade’s upcoming concert had been pasted about everywhere paper and glue could go; if that wasn’t a sign, what was? So, we went to the website to purchase the tickets and the CHEAPEST tickets were just under R$300!!! And this was in a section with no assigned seats at the back of HSBC Arena. Hummm…..well we purchased them anyway and off we went 4 hours early to pick up Katia and a couple of her friends in Ipanema. There was no ciaos at the front door; just orderly Sade-fans excited to see their idol. We got some of the best seats available in our free-for-all seating area. Thank God for the large monitors which actually allowed me to see the show! Below is a photo of Sade from our seats. It was SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!

Sade at HSBC AREANA-Rio de Janeiro (October 22nd, 2011)

16th Annual Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro (Oct 9th, 2011)

Rio Hosts 16th Annual Gay Pride Parade

October 10, 2011 | Filed underDaily Update | Posted by

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Nearly 700,000 people celebrated Rio’s sixteenth annual Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana Beach on Sunday, according to authorities.  Members of the LGBT community donned intricate Carnival-style costumes and waved rainbow flags as music blasted from more than fifteen massive sound trucks during the festivities.

Copacabana Hosts 16th Annual Gay Pride Parade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
Copacabana Hosts 16th Annual Gay Pride Parade, photo by Gay Pride Brazil.

Promoting the parade’s theme of equality and that “All Forms of Violence Must be Crime,” revelers cheered loudly to repeated calls for Brazil to authorize previously proposed laws against homophobia.

President of Grupo Arco-Íris (the Rainbow Group) Júlio Moreira addressed the crowds demands, criticizing the federal government for deciding not to distribute “anti-homophobia” kits to public high schools.

The kits would have provided teachers with instructions and guidance on addressing common issues related to homosexuality occurring within their classrooms, with the goal of reducing discrimination against LGBT students.

Sexual-health was also promoted, with numerous tents set up to distribute condoms and pamphlets on preventing sexually transmitted diseases, and the Public Defenders of Rio group, officially attending the parade for the first time, provided free legal advice to participants.

Organizers of the parade had hoped for nearly 1.5 million participants, well above the official figure given by Rio’s police.  Last year’s event, which similarly called for more laws against violence motivated by sexual orientation, attracted more than 800,000 supporters.

Santa Teresa Pousadas with Character

Santa Teresa Pousadas with Character

October 4, 2011 | Filed underTravel | Posted By Alison McGowan, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro is perhaps one of the most popular locations for pousadas – a small bed & breakfast guesthouse or inn – due to both the number of large mansions suitable for refurbishment and the bohemian feel of the place. It is an area which is increasingly sought out by travelers who want to avoid mass tourism and feel part of the “real” Brazil.

Casa Cool Beans in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, News
Casa Cool Beans in Santa Teresa, photo by Hidden Pousadas Brazil.

Perched high on a hill with panoramic views of the city on one side and Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay on the other, Santa Teresa is an ideal inner-city hideaway, full of historical character, bars, restaurants and an eclectic music and arts scene.

Santa Teresa boasts many pousadas varying in size and price. However, there are always a select few that manage to stand out from the crowd and offer just that little bit extra in style and hospitality.

Casa Cool Beans is one of them, and not least for its eccentric bright purple exterior. This newly refurbished mansion-pousada was opened in December 2010 by Americans Lance and David and is already a firm favorite for striking just the right balance between a peaceful, intimate and friendly atmosphere while still being right in the heart the action.

Seven beautifully designed suites decorated with local arts and crafts, a communal breakfast on the terrace, and a plunge pool are just some of the special touches that allow visitors to relax and unwind.

For the balance of the article please see link to article here: http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-travel/santa-teresa-pousadas-with-character/

Kravitz, Shakira, Maroon 5, Cold Play, Guns N' Roses & System of Down this weekend!!!

Rock in Rio has ROCKED the city of Rio with some of the BEST names in the music industry last weekend.  This weekend is the second of two 3-day-weekends with Kravitz, Shakira, Maroon 5, Cold Play, Guns N’ Roses & System of Down playing this weekend!!!

We had a number of guests which stayed with us that attended last weekend as well as Thursday and Friday night performances; according to them, in a word….SPECTACULAR!!!

By the way the 700,000 tickets for this event sold out months ago in just a few days.