Explosion Destroys RIO Homes

On Monday, dozens of homes and commercials building in the northern part of RIO were destroyed by an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak. Thankfully, no deaths have been reported, although several were injured. Read on for more on how firefighters continue to search the rubble for other possible victims. – http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/19/big-explosion-hits-rio-de-janeiro-residential-commercial-area-despite-blast-7/

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Opening of Praia de Rocha Miranda

This week, RIO’s mayor helped to inaugurate the opening of Praia de Rocha Miranda, an artificial beach in the city’s North Zone.  The beach is part of a project that began in 2012, and is scheduled to be completed in 2016 with the addition of features such as a garden and 2016 Olympic ring structure.  – http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/artifical-beach-area-opens-in-madureira/


The Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide App

Rio de Janeiro is among the most popular tourists destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, with a great selection of beaches, bars and even an urban rainforest according to Hostel World that can satisfy any traveler’s desire to explore. With so many things to see and do in Rio de Janeiro, you’d be wise to want to find a guide, and while the staff of the Casa Cool Beans will be more than willing to suggest things to do, your smartphone could very well serve as a tour guide in itself.

It’s all thanks to the Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide, an excellent app developed by eTips LTD. While no substitute for an experienced tour guide, those who want to explore the city on their own will find no better companion, as the app not only integrates seamlessly with an Apple Watch, but also offers a myriad of features no other travel apps have.

For starters, all the information on the app is stored locally, and while this means that it’s a bigger download, it saves you time and money because you won’t need to turn on your mobile data to be able to access information. As Kim Shadbolt, social media manager of Pocket Fruity, writes in a blog post, “Whenever you can, use Wi-Fi. It’s another good way to save mobile battery, it’s cheaper because you won’t use up all your data allowance, and Wi-Fi is just generally more reliable for playing games on your mobile. 3G is good, but can be a bit temperamental depending on where you are, what network you’re on and how much data allowance you have.” Unfortunately, you won’t always be able to find good, free WiFi while walking around the city, so an app that stores interactive maps on your phone could very well be a blessing.

The Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide also makes use of one amazing feature: augmented reality. By simply turning on the feature on your phone, you can scan the area around you for interesting things to do, and a GPS-enabled step tracker ensures that you never get lost in the city as well. With short descriptions for major tourist attractions, the app is perfect for a solo walking tour of Rio de Janeiro, and it even provides four different itineraries you can follow, with “tips and advices to travelers, how to get into the city, how to move around, where to shop, where to go at night, most popular places, safety tips, etc…”

As is discussed on Property Brazil, a good travel app doesn’t just give users access to information, it also needs to work offline and be user-friendly, and the Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide is all of this and so much more. While apps such as TripAdvisor and TripOso will always be more popular, there are often apps like the Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide that can help you get around the city, and might even offer a better experience.


Celebrating Brazilian Composers

The Bienal de Música Brasileira Contemporânea (Brazilian Contemporary Music Biennial), a contemporary classical music festival, is celebrating Brazilian composers now though October 19th. This year marks the 21st edition of the festival, which is held each night at 7PM in Sala Cecília Meireles in Lapa or the Instituição Artística Guiomar Novaes in Centro.  Check out the full article at – http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/contemporary-classical-music-festival-continues-in-rio-de-janeiro/

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Lollapalooza Brasil Festival takes place in the end of this month in São Paulo and made Rio’s “cariocas” jealous. Before taking part in the famous festivals, some of the bands will be performing in four other Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro for exclusive performances. On the 24th, 25th and 27th, the stage at Citibank Hall hosts concerts by Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foster The People and Bastille. 

On Tuesday, the 24th, former leader of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, goes up on stage with The Sensational Space Shifters, a band that has been playing alongside the musician on his solo project for two years. The opening show is by North American singer St. Vicent. Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins plays on Wednesday, the 24th. Californian band Young Giant perform in the opening show. Close the calendar of performances on the 27th, Friday, are Foster The People and Bastille.


Local: CityBank Hall
Adress: Avenida Ayrton Senna, 3000 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22775-904
Dates: 24/03/2015, 25/03/2015, 27/03/2015
Time: Terça-feira, Quarta-feira e Sexta-feira to 22:00

Price: Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters and St. Vicent
Tuesday, March 24th, 10pm
R$ 125 to R$ 550

The Smashing Pumpkins and Young The Giant
Wednesday, March 25th, 10:30pm
R$ 125 to R$ 450

Foster The People and Bastille
Friday, March 27th, 10pm
R$ 125 to R$ 450

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