Photos From Mom : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My mom has been traveling around the world since she was young mostly due to her work and career. She is retiring soon and I wish to archive the photos that she has been taking and sharing it with us while abroad. It may feel a bit cheesy but our parents are a source of inspiration to us and the fact that they told us never to give up on dreams even when you’re 60 sparked this traveler spirit in us. I was supposed to go with her to most of her trips but due to work commitments and budget constraints, more often than not I had to decline them. My mom compensates this by snapping photos of places and things that I would want to explore one day.

If I were to go to Rio de Janeiro I would definitely put the following 10 places on my list:

  • Ipanema beach – The beach where you can find the most tanned bodies (oo la la).
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain – A peak at Rio de Janeiro which resembles a traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.
  • Copacabana beach – A beach that’s often lively with footballers singing their national anthem.
  • Sepetiba Bay – A day trip from Rio de Janeiro where we could also explore Itacuruca Island and Big Beah (Praia Grande).
  • Escadaria Selaron – An art installation by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron who covered the 215 steps with colourful mosaics.
  • Parque du Flamengo – A park that has 170,000 trees of 300 different different species and 3 museums.
  • Feira Nordestina – An enormous 32,000 sq meters market with over 600 stalls on the weekends.
  • Elevador do Morro do Cantagalo – This elevator brings passengers up to Cantagalo with sparkling sea views of Ipanema and Copacabana.
  • Mueseu Historico Nacional – A Museum that contains historic relics relating to the history of Brazil.
  • Ilha Fiscal – An eye-catching lime green, neo-Gothic palace sitting in the Baia de Guanabara that looks like a fairytale.

No doubt there are so many other places to explore in Rio but I hope to take time in exploring the ones on this list and then see where we can go from there. This post is also dedicated to the World Cup 2014 opening match where Brazil won against Croatia ( 3 -1 ) and had me feeling that I should explore these two places before I get any older!

Which other places would you go in Rio de Janeiro or would you have any other top tips to share with us?

A view of Rio beach from the top of one of the tallest hotels in the city.

A view of Rio beach from the top of one of the tallest hotels in the city.

Having breakfast with a view of the beach.

Having breakfast with a view of the beach.

Going up the iconic Redeemer Christ, a status which was considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world from 1931 until 2010.

Going up the iconic Redeemer Christ, a status which was considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world from 1931 until 2010.

The view of Rio de Janeiro and its' beautiful beach.

The view of Rio de Janeiro from Sugar Loaf Mountain and its’ beautiful beach.

Dolls and soft toys hang on the ceiling in one of the local restaurants.

Dolls and soft toys hang on the ceiling in one of the local restaurants.

Sunset view from her hotel stay and I can't help but marvel at its' beauty.

Sunset view from her hotel stay and I can’t help but marvel at its’ beauty.

 

Notes:
Flights to Rio de Janeiro can be seen here.
Hotel options to Rio de Janeiro can be read here.
Reviews on the beautiful city can be read on Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor.

 

 

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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