Category Archive: Living

Rio’s gyms

Much in fashion over recent years, indoor gyms have flourished, and offer various types of exercise, from weight-lifting to more relaxed exercise, such as Yoga and Pilates.

Rio’s Restaurants

There are of course thousands of restaurants/bars in Rio, and we’ll only be able to cover a few of them here.  This is not a tourist blog, but I am sure it will… Continue reading

Rio prepares for the Olympics

       Rio Prepares for the Olympics Rio de Janeiro is experiencing a traumatic transformation, to prepare it to host one of the most important sporting events in the world – the Rio 2016… Continue reading

Rio’s Street Markets (feiras livres)

Rio’s Street Markets (Feiras Livres) Rio has many street markets, from antiques to arts and crafts, but here we are talking about the “Feiras Livres”, which offer mainly fruit and veg, with a… Continue reading

Rio’s Bondes (Tramcars)

Rio was the first city in South America to have trams, originally animal drawn. Later they were electrified, and served most areas of the city. For a short history see the following article… Continue reading

Rio is for the Birds

Unfortunately Rio’s Jardim Botânico does not currently offer the bird-watching tour, but some time ago my son Brent went on one of these tours, and reported as follows: Rio is for the birds.… Continue reading

Art in Rio

Art in Rio has grown enormously in recent years, and galleries are popping up all over the place.

Rio’s zero trash – LIXO ZERO

We all know what happens in Singapore if you drop trash or chew gum, but Rio? Can you imagine the city free of trash?

RIO’S HOSPITALS

One of the big differences between the UK and Brazil is that in the UK the hospital most probably comes under the National Health, the equivalent of a public hospital in Brazil, whereas here most people at our level of society (middle class) have a health plan and therefore go to private hospitals.