“Now how do you kill five hours in Rio, if you don’t Samba.” – Bond, Moonraker.
Brazil! Or as I affectionately referred to it on my recent trip to Rio, Bra-Zero! (I coined the phrase due to the severe lack of bra’s I counted whilst out there). Brazil is a gorgeous country with breath taking vistas. Here are some of those vistas to follow on Instagram, spliced with some interesting facts about Brazil.
Heloísa Feijolli is a cat lover and Suicide Model. Click on her photo and follow her on Instagram.
FACT: Portugal claimed the land of Brazil in the year 1500. Independence was declared in 1822.
(Cover Girl) Vanessa is from Florianópolis. Click on her photo and follow her journey on Instagram.
FACT: In Brazil you’ll find the Selaron Steps, created by Jorge Selaron. A stairwell completely covered in a mosaic of tiles. He died on the steps under mysterious circumstances.
Bruna is represented by agency Ragazzo. Click on her photo and check out her portfolio.
FACT: One of the main tourist attractions is Sugarloaf Mountain, made famous by the James Bond film Moonraker where Bond fights Jaws on the roofs of the cable cars.
You can check out more images by clicking Amanda’s photo or on her Tumblr.
FACT: The Statue of Christ is also one of the main tourist attractions in Rio De Janeiro. Christ the Redeemer is also a frequent target of lightning strikes. Although most fizzle out on its numerous lightning rods, the monument has taken some damaging hits recently. Just before the World Cup in 2014, lightning singed the back of the head and zapped off the tip of a finger, leaving Rio scrambling to make repairs before the eyes of the world were upon it.
Brazilian living in NYC. Check out Romulo’s Instagram page by clicking on his photo.
FACT: The song The Girl from Ipanema was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (now Helô Pinheiro), a seventeen-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street in Ipanema. Daily, she would stroll past the Veloso bar-café, not just to the beach (“each day when she walks to the sea”), but in the everyday course of her life. She would sometimes enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and leave to the sound of wolf-whistles. In the winter of 1962, the composers saw the girl pass by the bar. Since the song became popular, she has become a celebrity.