Nelson Mandela – An Example to be followed

6 December 2013

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1918 – 2013


100 ideas to set up our own business.

6 July 2013

untitledNo one can  move in a successful straight line without any unexpected failure during  our lives as entrepreneurs. We have to learn that failure should not be seen as purely a bad thing, quite the contrary. Nothing teaches us more than the failure and the only way not to fail, is to never try a new venture.
This is what teaches us the article  from Bruna Martins Fontes on the  Magazine “Pequenas Empresas Grandes Negócios”. She shows us that in 2015 the service sector will take the leadership of the trade and she offer us  100 ideas to set up our own business.
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Companhia Libra de Navegação

22 June 2013

Good Old Memories….

Yesterday, was a resounding success the event organized by Royal Rio Suporte Executivo to put together the former employees of Companhia Libra de Navegação.

Employees came from many destinations, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and even from Canada to attend this event.

Lots of good memories in the air,  great emotions and tenderness in this reencounter.

Royal Rio always present on the best moments, caring about you and your well-being! Enjoy the pictures.

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A Famous Landscape Architect

19 June 2013

Roberto Burle Marx and his Estate

imagesMarambaiaBarra de Guaratiba, is a bucolic middle-class seaside neighborhood in the western part  of Rio. The place  lies in a region of ecological reserve, between  sandbanks and mangrove forest,  surrounded by beaches  which some  are only accessible by mountain trails as the  Restinga da Marambaia(Marambaia’s sandbank), an ecological sanctuary with clear waters and beaches of white sand.

The sandbank is one of the few places in town, where the vegetation touches the sea. It is a beautiful stretch of sand, with almost 43 km long. The whole length of  the Restinga da Marambaia is  owned by the Brazilian Navy that uses it to conduct it’s naval sea exercises.

imagesburle marxAt Barra de Guaratiba you have a gorgeous estate called Sitio Roberto Burle Marx .

Roberto Burle Marx was internationally known as one of the most important landscape architects of the 20th century. He was an artist of multiple facets, besides being a landscape designer he was also a remarkable painter, sculptor, singer, and jewelry designer, with a sensibility that is shown throughout his work .

In 1949, he bought a 365,000m2 estate in Barra de Guaratiba, in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where he lived and started to organize his big plant collection, considered one of the world’s most important with regard to tropical plants and semi-tropical, having the title of Brazilian cultural heritage since 1985

imagesCAE73KZ2In the “Sitio” is on display works from the artist – paintings, drawings, tapestries, stained glass, tile panels, painted fabrics, as well as a significant collection of decorative glass, baroque images of wood, pre-Columbian ceramics and an exceptional collection of Brazilian folk pottery originated from the Jequitinhonha Valley-MG. There are in the gardens,  ceramic sculptures (totems) from Miguel dos Santos, a ceramist from Joao Pessoa-PB, and a copy of the famous lions from Mestre Nuca from Tracunhaém -PE. On the premisses there is also a Chapel from the 17th century dedicated to St. Anthony.

imagesCAHNZNYJIn 1985, he donated his estate to the federal government cultural organization, National Institute for Cultural Heritage – IPHAN. Roberto Burle Marx died at his estate in Barra de Guaratiba in 1994, at the age of 84.

Curious to know the place? Royal  Rio may assist you preparing a personalized  cultural day tour to the area. Just talk to us!!

An important character of the June’s Festivities

7 June 2013

O Caipira (the grit)

caipiraWe will continue talking about the meanings of the festivities of  June. Again the explanation is a bit long but rich in content.

There is a character who is much celebrated during the festivities since  the parties have a religious nature and characteristics of the interior cities. He is the “Caipira”.

The Caipira is the typical resident of the fields. They are shy, have their own identity and culture that remain alive as part of our regional folklore.
The Caipira, the Capiau (Minas Gerais region) or the Matuto (Northwest region) is a Tupi name that designates the mixed race of white with natives inhabitants of the interior of Brazil since the  colonial times.

The first references to the caipira and the caipira dialect are related to the ancient villages situated around the town of São Paulo on the  seventeenth century, where the caipira culture was born .

The “redneck culture” is strongly characterized by popular Catholicism that rested on the religiosity of chanters and religious manifestations based on the agricultural calendar. The most important manifestation of the caipira religiosity is the feast of  the Holy Ghost annually announced around  the farm and the rural districts by groups of  Folia do Divino.  The Divino’s Party  originated in Italy in the 12th century. The Italians believe that there was three biblical  wills: the Old Testament which corresponded to the time of the Father and that would end in the flood, the New Testament which corresponded to the time of the Son, which ended on the cross, and the Brand New Testament that would correspond to the time of the Holy Spirit, which would end in fire. The Feast of the Divine was widespread in Portugal by the queen Santa Isabel, and through her came to Brazil.

caipira 3The Caipiras have their own dialect: the rustic dialect which preserves elements of the archaic Portuguese and Tupi. In the 17th century, the Portuguese language was used only in public office, in justice and official correspondence. The indigenous language Tupi was banned at the beginning of the 18th century and the use of Portuguese was mandatory. Due to its difficulty  the caipira population began to speak the Portuguese with a strong accent popping the rustic dialect, which also expresses a logical  way of thinking and defining the world. The tone of  the caipira speaking is slow, flat, equal and  without the variety of inflections enriches the emotions expression of the  Portuguese pronunciation. The rustic dialect still persists in the regions of Mato Grosso and Amazonas.

It is also typical for the caipiras, to tell  the “causos”. Causos are stories that are told from father to son for centuries but  still the caipiras  likes to tell friends by the fires.

The caipira music or music of  the interior always has a rural thematic with romantics  words and  sad melodies that moves and reminds the slave quarters and their poor  homes. Among the variations of caipira music, the”moda de viola” is the eldest name of the songs performed by caipiras. Although the songs are a bit sad, their dances are very happy.

caipira 2The human type of rustics and their culture had its origin in the contact with white settlers, with the native Indians and blacks enslaved Africans. Thus, the rustics split into four categories according to their ethnicity and each had its own peculiarities:

The rustic caboclo: descendant of Indians catechized by the Jesuits.

The rustic black: descendant of slaves. Are generally poor and suffer today the consequences of slavery. Are represented by the “mãe-preta” and  the “preto-velho”.

The rustic white: descendant of pioneers, a fallen nobility. They miscegeneted with the Italian colonizer,  they are  Catholic, poor, but still  owner of small plots of rural land.

The rustic Mulatto: descendant of Africans with Europeans. Rarely are owners. Are the most patriotic, proud, vigorous and are excessively courteous and gallant towards the ladies, ever humble themselves to the boss, are samba  lovers  and good dancers and does not mix with the ‘black caboclo’.

With the popularization of transportation and mass communication, the figure of the caipiras, so important in our culture is being lost  with the standard urban models. The genuine caipiras, ignorant and backward were thrown outside the corporate life and started to have less and less interference in the behavior and organization of cities and their dialect finds itself condemned to disappear soon.

The Samba Catwalk

26 May 2013

The Sambódromo

images sambaIt was designed in 1984 by Oscar Niemeyer for the Samba School’s parades. It is located on  Marques de Sapucai Street, where previously the shows parades were held in the stands and cabins that were assembled and disassembled each year for this party.

Its official name is “Catwalk Professor Darcy Ribeiro”, an anthropologist, writer, educator, professor, politician, former minister, and deputy governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro at the time of construction.

Its construction was carried out in only 120 days because precast concrete structures were used. The track is 700 meters long and 13 meters wide and after the reform undertaken in 2011, his capacity increased to  75.6 million viewers scattered in  cabins, stalls, stands and individual chairs

The Apotheosis Square and its Parabolic Arch became one of the architectural icon of Rio  de Janeiro. Over the years, the square was also widely used for local events and international rock  shows and under it we have the Samba Museum where the costumes used on the Samba parades are exposed.

arco paraboliciMany people is always trying to understand the meaning of the parabolic arc, but it’s hard to imagine it. Oscar Niemeyer has always enjoyed working with arches and curved lines. However there is a chance that the architect would have associated the bow to a woman in a bikini because on the top of the arch, there is a small triangle that could be the lower  part of the bikini, which is used by both, the dancers in the parades and the girls who lay on the beaches .

The best period to pay a visit to Sambódromo  is in December when the training for Carnaval starts. Those trainings are held on weekends at night.

How about a visit when December arrives? Don’t you feel curious to participate in one of the samba training?


The Imperial Residence in Rio de Janeiro

25 May 2013

Quinta da Boa Vista

quintaIn the 16th and 17th centuries, the area where today is located the Quinta da Boa Vista  was a farm that belonged to the Jesuits. When the order was expelled on the 18th century,   the property was split and donated to private ownership.

In 1808, when the royal family arrived in Brazil, there wasn’t good residences in Rio de Janeiro  to accommodate the royal family. While this situation was being solved D. João VI was accommodated at Paço  Imperial where the Viceroy of Colonial Brazil lived. This little palace was located at Praça  XV.

Later on a wealthy Portuguese merchant, Elias Antonio Lopes, owner of  the best house in Rio, in fear of losing his property and stay without nothing in return, decided to donate his townhouse to the King,  The mansion was built in 1803 on a hill where he had a beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay, hence the name of  Boa Vista . The King felt very honored with his gift and as a reward offered him  another property   and The Quinta became the Imperial residence. portao da quinta

To accommodate the royal family, the townhouse, needed to be reformed and the English architect John Johnston, gave  the  architectural lines of the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon to the imperial residence. The most important remodeling happened after the independence of Brazil in 1822 when Prince D. Pedro I ordered the French architect Peter Joseph Pezérat  a new renovation and additions to the house. The Palace then, took its current Neoclassical  style.

After his wedding in 1817, D. Pedro I and D. Leopoldina took up the  residence in Boa Vista where D. Pedro II  was educated and who later carried out the remodeling of the  gardens with the French landscaper Auguste Marie François Glaziou.
We have no references to the Imperial furniture because after the Proclamation of the Republic, the furniture was removed to erase all traces of the monarchy in Brazil.

D. João VI, D.  Pedro I and D. Pedro II inhabited the Palace. There, was also
born the future Queen of Portugal, D. Maria II, born as Her  Imperial Highness Dona Maria da Glória de Bragança, Imperial Princess of Brazil,  the future emperor of Brazil, D. Pedro II and Princess Isabel.  Empress Dona Maria Leopoldina died there.

jardins da quuintaCurrently, Quinta da Boa Vista works like a park, housing the zoo of Rio de Janeiro with the Museum of Wildlife and the old palace housing the National Museum of Natural History, under the administration of  the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro..
The National Museum of Natural History  has a great historical and scientific importance  because count among its main attractions, fossils and dinosaur skeletons, mummies, meteorites and many objects used by early civilizations.

Gastronomic exibithion

18 May 2013

The Mercado

imagescirco  voadorAutumn is here and is time to please our stomachs.

The market is a gastronomic event that has already been delighting audiences in São Paulo.

Now is Rio de Janeiro’s turn  to receive this event, where renowned chefs come together and present their versions of street food, all at prices ranging between R$ 5 and R$ 15.
images circo 1 The Market arrives Sunday, May 19th noon at Circo Voador and the intention is to bring together people who like to eat but do not fit too much on the actual gastronomic format.
The happening will count on the participation of well known chefs such as Bia Torres, Tassiana Lage, Bianca Barbosa, Fabio Battistela, Frédéric Monnier, Pablo Vidal , Riberta Ciasca, Thiago Flores, KÁtia Barbosa, Marcos Sodré, Jan Santos ,Pedro Benoliel ,Lucio Vieira, Pedro Artagão e Ronaldo Canha under the command of Checho Gonzales and will offer a  bit of everything.

The event has free admission.

Sharing experiences and feelings

13 May 2013

Estudantina Musical,  a Gafieira

EstudantinaYesterday a friend invited me to accompany her to a place that for a long time , I was  very curious to know. The Gafieira.
Despite not know how to dance, as the regulation says, I fell in love with the
place and the environment that democratically receives the ones addicted for
ballroom dancing .  The sole purpose of the place  is to share the passion for
dancing and good music.
At the end I was so amazed with the place and liked it so much that I decided
to take dancing classes  because  next time, I will not be just watching,  I will be able to  enjoy everything the spirit of the place have to offer. Healthy Fun with respect and without prejudice.
estudantina 1For you to  enjoy the spirit and  the environment of a gafieira, we better
understand how it works.
As per a dictionary, The Gafieira is the name given to a popular ballroom
dance. Originally, the music played was the popular urban music, predominantly
chorinhos, maxixes, polkas, waltzes and sambas. Great composers of Brazilian
popular music as Ismael Silva, Ataulfo ​​Alves and Pixinguinha, used the dance
halls to launch their compositions.
At the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth century the gafieira, was
where traditionally lower classes could attend to practice the couple dances or
ballroom dancing. It is not quite a club but an alternative for these people,
and in accordance with  history, these dance halls have always existed in the city of Rio de Janeiro.estudantina 3In the 1930s the Gafieira  Show was very traditional in Rio de Janeiro. It was one of the mixes that came out of the samba but with a difference because it has a code of ethics, where  elegance and respect are mandatory. The  choreography of a gafieira show is based on ballroom dancing, but a little less regimented, since it has the springiness and trickery of the samba from the beginning of the 20th century –  the  samba de gafieira –  that bring back the  bohemian atmosphere  and the magic of the old  Rio de Janeiro.

estudantina 1Currently, the oldest gafieira in operation  in Rio de Janeiro is the Estudantina  Musical owned by Mr. Isidro, a Spaniard who at the beginning of the 1980s, wanted to open a steakhouse  but due to the excessive requirements in obtaining a simple license, he withdrew from the investment. As there was nothing to do with the place, he took the installation and set up a samba house, which soon became famous due to the location and also because it brought back an activity that had been forgotten with the end of Rio night life.
During all these years, the house has received thousands of dancers. Today is a place open to the public and  to anyone who wants to  visit  the past to enjoy the decor designed to rescue the bohemian culture that no longer exists.
Actually there is other  dance halls scattered mainly at   Lapa district, in the center of Rio de Janeiro, including the traditional Clube dos Democraticos and the  modern Lapa 40o., Teatro Odisseia and Carioca da Gema that  does not have the same glamor and charm of the more traditional  dance halls.


May 12th – Mothers day

12 May 2013

Our Special Tribute


She has the ability to listen to the silence.
Guess feelings.
Find the right word at uncertain times.
Strengthen us when everything around  seems to collapse.
Borrow wisdom from the gods to protect  and sustain us.

Its existence is itself an act of love.
Generate, caring, nurturing.
Love, love, love…
Love with an unconditional love that expects nothing in return.
Excessive and unrestrained affection, Mother is an infinite being.



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