Again Pope Franciso’s visit to Rio de Janeiro

29 July 2013

I am thrilled

IMG_0020Pope Francisco, this very charismatic man, went back to Vatican yesterday and left all the “cariocas” very sad because we wanted him to stay among us.

During this last week we had a wonderful atmosphere with people from all nations, different languages, different cultures but every group mixed up and understanding each other in total peace.

Pope Francisco, left several important messages for the youngers such as hope, faith and belief. For sure he also left  Rio with a lot of new messages in his heart and he promised to be back in 2016 for the celebration of 300 years of our patron Our Lady Aparecida who he is an ardent devotee.

I am very happy and have to share with you all the pictures I had the opportunity to take from him.

IMG_0028Yes, I was very blessed because I had the chance to be very close to him and also pray together the Angelus, same prayer he says at the St. Peter’s square in Rome.

It was very exciting to hear the whole crowd praying with only one voice the “Ave Maria”.

Good bye Pope Francisco!!

We are waiting with our open arms your  next visit!





Barra de Guaratiba

25 July 2013

Where Pope  Francisco will attend the JMJ’s vigil

bairros_guaratiba1Taking advantage of Pope’s Francisco visit, let’s learn a little about the region of Guaratiba.

Guaratiba is about sixty kilometers from the center of Rio de Janeiro westward. The region was originally called “Guratiba-Aitinga”, which is an indigenous word used by the tupinambás who inhabited our coast at the time of discovery. In indigenous means “abundance of herons.”

The official history of the region begun up from 1579 when Manoel Velloso Espinha, who fought alongside Estacio de Sa and  the Tamoios against the French, requested the Portuguese Crown the donation of an allotment located at the north of the island of Marambaia. The King of Portugal accepted under the condition that he would have to populate the region.  On the contract made ​​with the Crown he would have three years to populate the region and  in counterpart  he would not have to pay any taxes to the Crown, only the tithe and this was due to God and had to be paid to the church. Guaratiba became populated by white Europeans  and in 1755 the parish of Guaratiba was created.

Was in Barra de Guaratiba that in 1710, the French invaders landed, when the Corsair Duclerc realized he could not beat the fire barrier of the fortress of Santa Cruz, to enter in Guanabara Bay. There is also strong evidences that Marambaia  sandbank  was used as a place of concentration of the slave trade of the eighteenth century.

bairros_guaratiba4The name “Pedra de Guaratiba” had its origin in the division of lands in the region of Barra de Guaratiba by the heirs of the first donee, the Portuguese Manoel Velloso Espinha.

After the  father’s death, the children, in agreement divided the land, Jeronimo Velloso Cubas was with the northern part and Manoel Espinha Filho  in the Eastern part and the Piraquê  river was the dividing line.

As Jeronimo Velloso Cubas had no heir, he was forced, by law, to donate his part to the  religious congregation of the Carmelites. When the Jesuits took possession of the land they built several improvements such as: churches, sugar mills and novitiate.

The sugar mills had an immense sugar plantation which generated a large production of sugar, molasses and rum for export causing the region to develop rapidly.After the end of the sugar cycle, the mills began to dedicate to the  coffee culture.

Currently the region is known for being a major producer of fish. Hosts  Xuxa Meneghel ‘s foundation and Sitio Roberto Burle Marx. It has a church from the  end of 18th century dedicated to Our Lady of Exile. The church is the oldest in the city and  was built at the seaside.

Guaratiba has an interesting landscape and has a variety of bars and restaurants specializing in seafood

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida.

24 July 2013

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Is where Pope Francisco is spending the day today.

The Basilica is located in the city of Aparecida, in the state of São Paulo and is the second largest Catholic church in the world, second only to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

The story of Our Lady of Aparecida got their start at the beginning of the eighteenth century when the Earl of Assumar decided he wanted to eat fish from the  Paraiba River.

The fishermen Domingos Garcia, João Alves, and Filipe Pedroso were called to play their networks and bring the requested  fish. After many attempts, the fishermen found nothing and then decided to make one last attempt and when they threw the net into the waters caught the body of an image of Our Lady of Conception without the head. They decided to launch the network once again and this time they caught the head of the same image. Thereafter the fish came in abundance for the three humble fishermen.

nsra_aparecidacFor 15 consecutive years, the image stayed with the family of the  fisherman Felipe Pedroso, who took her home, where people from the neighborhood gathered to pray. The devotion was growing among the people and many miracles were achieved by those who prayed in front of  the image.

The fame of the extraordinary powers of Our Lady was spreading through the regions of Brazil. The family built an oratory, which soon became too small. Around 1734, the Vicar of Guaratinguetá built a chapel on the hill of Morro dos Coqueiros which was open to the public but the number of believers only increased, and in 1834 began the construction of a larger church the current Old Basilica.

Twenty years later there was a village around the small chapel and because of the miracles that followed, the number of pilgrims has been increasing  even more and the first basilica became small.

200px-Santuario_nacionalThen in November 1955 began the construction of the present Basilica Nova. In 1980, still under construction, was sacred by Pope John Paul II and in 1984, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil  officially declared the Basilica Aparecida  as the National Sanctuary of Our Lady Aparecida and because of its many miracles became the patroness Brazil.

Currently The National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida is visited annually by approximately ten million pilgrims from all parts of Brazil.

World Youth Day 2013

20 July 2013

Welcome Pope Francisco!

20130314_papa_francisco1The moment awaited by all is  finally coming. Two days left for the arrival of Pope Francisco.

Pope Francisco, a charismatic, gentle and humble  person is conquering crowds of all religions. He arrives Monday  July 22 at Rio de Janeiro for a busy schedule with his faithful.

Rio expects to receive 2.5 million pilgrims from all parts of the world for the event. The city is really crowded and to help our readers, will inform the pope’s agenda during his stay:

Monday July 22nd:

04:00 pm – arrival at Galeão military airport 05:00 pm – tour in the central area of Rio de Janeiro

05:30 pm – arrival at the Municipal Theatre for a speech to the pilgrims

06:30 pm – meeting with the President Dilma Roussef at the Guanabara Palace

08:00 pm – leaves for the Residence of Assunção at Sumaré where he is going to stay.

Tuesday July 23rd: No public commitments. Private agenda at the residence of Sumaré

Wednesday July 24th: Full day at Aparecida do Norte

05:30 pm – arrival at Santos Dumont Airport

06:30 pm – Visit to the Hospital St. Francis of Assisi in Tijuca to inaugurate a treatment center for  crack addicts

08:00pm – leaves to Sumaré

Thursday July 25th:

07:30 am – Private services at Sumaré

09:45 am – He receives the keys to the city at the  City Hall, in Botafogo where he  blesses the flag for the 2016 Games

11:00 am – Visit to Manguinhos in the North Zone where he will visit the community of Varginha  and the Chapel St. Jerome Emiliano for a speech

05:30 pm – By helicopter he will arrive at Copacabana Fort  in Copacabana and with his Pope mobile he will tour from Posto 6 up to Leme

06:00 pm – Welcoming Celebration at the stage in Leme where he performs the 2nd central act of JMJ, the reception of young people with speech and blessing

8:00 pm -leaves to Sumaré

Friday July 26th

07:30 am – Private Services at Sumaré

10:00 am –  He hears the confession of five young people chosen from different continents in the Quinta da Boa Vista, in São Cristovão, in the Northern Zone

11:30 am – He meets with young prisoners at San Joaquin Palace , the archbishop’s residence  at Gloria in the South area of Rio

12:00 am – Prayer at  San Joaquin Palace where he will  Pray the Angelus on the balcony of the mansion, as  he does at St. Peter’s Square

01:00 pm – Lunch with two young people from every continent (including Brazil) at  San Joaquin Palace

05:30 pm – Arrival at Copacabana Fort and with his Pope mobile he will tour from Posto 6 up to Leme. 06:00 pm – He Reaches the stage at Leme  where  he follows   the 3rd act of JMJ . The Via Crucis with a speech at the end 08:00 pm -leaves to Sumaré

Saturday July 27th

09:00 am – Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedra in downtown Rio lwhere he will celebrate the services togheter with the bishops
11:30 am – Meeting at the Municipal Theater with speech to political, religious and representatives of society

01:30 pm – Closed lunch in Sumaré with cardinals, bishops and members of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil

07:30 pm – Arrivel by helicopter to Guaratiba for the 4th act of JMJ, where he  will lead a pray vigil with young people

Sunday July 28th

00:00 am – Angelus prayer in Guaratiba where he will  performs the Angelus Domini with pilgrims

10:00 am – After leaving Sumaré he will return  to Guaratiba by  helicopter to follow the  5th act of the JMJ  where he will say a Mass Submission and announce the location of the next issue

02:00 pm –  Return by  helicopter  to the residence at Sumaré for lunch

04:40 pm – After meeting with the coordination of the Latin American Episcopal Council, he leaves from the residence at Sumaré

05:30 pm – Meeting with  thousands of volunteers of JMJ in Hall 4  at RioCentro, in the West Zone where he will say a speech

06:30 pm –  He will makes a farewell speech in a ceremony at Galeão Airport.

07:00 pm – He returns to Rome

Pope Francisco, we are very happy to have you among us for a week!



Entrepreneurial discipline

19 July 2013

Are you are a disciplined guy?


Read today a very interesting article from Marcos Rezende from the Insistimento Project.

He said that to be successful  in our  business  we have to have a strong discipline . But to reach this strong discipline each one of us have our own timing that can’t take too long to be found otherwise we may fail in our goals.


imagesCA98RD9SAfter this point we have to create new  habits to change old patterns. Of course,   such a change does not happen overnight, you will need a lot of understanding, a lot of repetition and a lot of imagination to convince yourself of what you gradually  want to achieve.

What is the deal  to have good ideas, if we do not know how to put them in practice following the minimum of organization?

You have to remember, discipline leads you to success.

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A little about the most famous beach – Buzios

17 July 2013

” Brazilian Saint-Tropez”

imagesArmacao dos Buzios, or just Búzios, is a municipality in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

It is a peninsula of  8 km long with 23 beaches and a long history. In the seventeenth century, Buzios was a small fishing village with about twenty houses. The village was invaded by French and English, was a  pirate base, a point of trafficking of Pau-Brazil tree and landing of the African slaves.

Later, the French were expelled by the Portuguese after bloody disputes where more than 10,000  Tupinambá Indians were decimated.

In the late nineteenth century, Buzios began receiving Portuguese immigrants who have joined the group of local fishermen which together mounted a sting to catch fish known as”armação”. This frame came to naming the resort: Armação dos Buzios.

arquitetura buzios Between 1940 -1950, the quiet fishing village gradually grew into a vacation resort because due to its idyllic beaches coupled with the magic of its astral and its rustic architecture, attracted  the  Cariocas and Paulistas  elites and  the foreign millionaires.

The fishing village took center stage on the international jet set route after the passage of the French diva Brigitte Bardot in January 1964, which put the town on the route of international tourism and glamor. Since then, its beaches have gained prominence in the world and the peninsula was named “Brazilian Saint-Tropez “.

For decades, the resort became more sophisticated and gained fame due to the charm of its lifestyle and nightlife.


220px-Statue_of_Brigitte_Bardot_in_Rio_de_JaneiroIn the summer and on holidays, the hubbub is intense day and night.

In the low season, Buzios is the perfect haven for lovers of good food, arts and nature.

The visit of Brigitte Bardot was a major milestone for the city and the impact was so great that even today there are references to the  celebrity anywhere in the city, on  the touristic dissemination  and in local life.

In the year 2012, Buzios was elected by a travel magazine in Europe as the best destination in the world  for sun and beach.







Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra

16 July 2013

The Tropical Alcatraz

276px-StCruzFortIt is located  at the eastern end of Guanabara Bay- Niterói and  in front of The Fortaleza of São João  in Urca, The fortress was very safe and almost inexpugnable until the early 1940s. There was no access to the construction by road, only by sea, disembarking at the sheltered waves. The sea around is violent and with strong current. The isolation by land, tight security system  and  the repression tradition of the rebels made difficult attempts to escape.



276px-1998_fort_s_cruz_barra_farolThe fortress was built in 1555 by  the order of Nicholas Durand de Villegaignon who came to Brazil to found a colony called the Antarctic France. In 1567, the Portuguese expelled the French and settled in the fortress. During its existence, the Fortress of Santa Cruz suffered several enlargements and additions. The final addition  occurred in 1870, with the construction of two floors of shelters for sourcing material  stocks .


276px-1998_fort_s_cruz_barra_celaThe fortress was always used as a prison on several occasions in our   history. In it were held illustrious figures as Jose Bonifacio de Andrade e Silva, the Patriarch of our Independence, Bento Gonçalves the leader of the Faroupilha  revolution, the first Uruguayan President Fructuoso Rivera, the  communist Luis Carlos Prestes and the future  Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek.


276px-ForteStCruz-CanhoesIn the 18th century, it  had 44 cannons that fired in  case a ship tried to enter the bay at night. The port was open only from sunrise to sunset  and if the ship forced to  enter it was warned by the gunfire of the cannons. The fortress was known for its inability to escape but by the 20th century only one man had managed to escape. In 1710, the French Corsair Raymord Gaston de la Salle managed to escaped from the fortress and returned to France. The Fortress does not work anymore as a prison. Its  last warning shot was given in 1955 against the cruiser Tamandaré.     276px-ForteStCruz-SantaBarbaraToday the fortress is controlled by the Brazilian Army and can be visited by tourists. There they will see more than 40 artillery pieces of various periods, the dungeons, the chapel of Santa Barbara (built in the 17th century), the sun watch (1820) , the site where the hangings happened,   the wall of shootings  and a beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro.

Visiting Ceasa in Irajá

11 July 2013

A place to have fun and do good deals

CeasaIf you have a large family and loves to cook,  a visit to  Ceasa Irajá is certainly  a very interesting and different place to go.

Ceasa is the second largest supply center in Latin America and has a strategic role to centralize and coordinate the distribution of horticulture genres  and is also responsible for contributing to the politics of food and nutritional security of the entire state. It is an open space with numerous pavilions and a pavilion dedicated exclusively to fish. There are more than 600 dealers and 2,500 registered producers, with an average of 50,000 people a day moving in the  space.

images ceasaCeasa is a place to buy fresh  and cheap groceries. However, the vast majority of counters only sells  shut boxes  with many units, but you can buy some individual  stuff. But,  If you are with friends, you may share the contents of the boxes. It also has a flower market where you can buy flowers, plants  and arrangements  70% cheaper than in the flower shops.

If you decide to visit Ceasa  you need to carry a lot of  sympathy and joy and use comfortable clothes and shoes because the pavilions are very distant from each other and you can not be bothered with shouts and whistles because at the end you will leave  the place happy  and  with the car crammed! And, all very cheap!

images floresA trip to Ceasa worth  the price for large purchases as vegetables and fruits last two or three times more than those bought in supermarkets. Freshness is guaranteed!

Ceasa, operates all days of the week (except Sundays) developing its activities from 04:00 am to 4:00 pm and provides its users with support services, such as banking agency. cafeterias, security, cleaning, gas stations, fire department and post office.

One tip, do not park your car at the  parking space of Portal Ceasa supermarket because other cars may close your way out. Many shops only take cash.

Ceasa is located in:
Avenida Brasil, No. 19,001- Irajá – Rio de Janeiro – RJ – CEP. 21539/900
Phone 2333-8276

Have fun and good shopping!


A Casa de Banhos de D. João VI

10 July 2013

Or Museu de Limpeza Urbana


The Bathhouse of  Dom João VI, was a  colonial Brazilian mansion from  early nineteenth century. The mansion has nine rooms and a porch and was located in the center of a ranch  on the  Cajú beach, a beach of crystal clear waters, white sands and medicinal power.




untitled-casa de banhoThe house was owned by a coffee dealer  and acquired fame because D. Joao VI used it to sea ​​bathing  at Cajú beach. With this, the mansion was renamed to ” Chácara Imperial Quinta do Cajú”. The Cajú neighborhood  was a paradisiacal resort with unspoilt nature and many cashew trees  around and bathed by a still clean  Guanabara Bay.  The sea baths D. John VI had to take was a medical recommendation to cure the bite of an infected tick.

djoao viSince the monarch was notoriously averse to any kind of contact with water,  he only agreed to take the healing bath  at the beach if he was  hung in a kind of hogshead, which allowed only his legs  to get wet.

As soon as D. João VI found himself healed of  the wound, he stopped attending the sea bathing. However, the Imperial Ranch  would be forever known as “Bathhouse of D. João VI.” The mansion was completely restored in 1966 and now houses the Museum of Urban Cleaning.

The museum is located in Cajú neighborhood and is a venue for educational, cultural and leisure activities, such as exhibitions, seminars, musical performances, theatrical and dance, audiovisual, discussion forums, school and community interactions. The museum also shows the first uniforms designed for street sweepers, equipment used to collect the garbage, miniature of  cars and carriages, among other objects

The sea that previously came to ten feet from the house,  today is more than 1 km away, separated by walls. Numerous landfills and the construction of  Rio-Niteroi Bridge and its access put the sea away from the house permanently. The clear waters of the old Cajú beach, today, certainly does not have more healing powers but a lot of pollution from Guanabara Bay. The region around the mansion, previously filled with cashew trees, is today surrounded by containers and shipyards





Will you marry me?????

9 July 2013


IMG_0004 (Medium)There are still romantic guys. Richard from Puerto Rico, chose Rio de Janeiro to make his marriage proposal to his beautiful Jeny. He hired our services to prepare a surprise celebration of engagement.







IMG_0014 (Medium)With a request so unusual, Royal Rio devoted great care and affection in the preparation of the event.
Were only five days between the creation and realization of the perfect environment. We hire, restaurant, church, priest for the great blessing, flowers, violinist, poster and even a shower of hearts.





IMG_0019 (Medium)Memories are forever and everything came out perfect! We are very proud of our work.
See some photos.





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