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July, 2007 in Rio de Janeiro
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Ceremony: Igrega de São Francisco de Penitência
Reception: Reception at Confeitaria Colombo


Luciana de Assis

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Luciana not only planned our wedding, but she was critical to its success. She works for Confeitaria Colombo, a historical location in Rio and a great venue for a wedding reception!"


Reception at Confeitaria Colombo - Reception - Rua Goncalves Dias 32, Centro - Rio de Janeiro

Reception at Confeitaria Colombo

Rua Gonçalves Dias 32
Centro - Rio de Janeiro

(21) 2232-2300


 Mil Frutas Cafe, Jardim Botanico - Restaurant -

Mil Frutas Cafe, Jardim Botanico

"The best ice cream in Rio. Also serves an amazing brunch."


Amarelinho (Yellow Building) - Restaurant -

Amarelinho (Yellow Building)

"The prime patio on the prettiest square in Rio, the Amarelinho is the place to come to have a cold chopp (draft beer) and gaze on the Parisian beauty that is the Praça Floriano, particularly in the evening when the Bibliotheca Nacional and the Teatro Municipal are lit up and the square begins to buzz with the energy that only Brazilians can give. The menu offers a huge selection of appetizers, sandwiches, grilled chicken, and meats served with standard Brazilian side dishes of rice, fries, or farofa."


The Arches / Arcos and Lapa - Entertainment - Tv do Mosqueira, 13, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

The Arches / Arcos and Lapa

"This empty plaza marked by the large arches becomes a famous street party every night after 11pm. Lapa is also known for its samba clubs and night life."


Jardim Botanico - Attraction - Rua Jardim Botânico, 1008, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Botanical Gardens

"Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Garden was created on June 13, 1808 by Dom João VI - prince regent at that time - originally for the acclimatization of spices like nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon that were imported from the Western Indies. Only in 1822 the Garden was open for public visitation. Here you see the most well-known symbol of the park; The Royal Palms. These trees were originally reserved for the royal family only. All palms are originated from a single tree, the Palma Mater (that was tragically destroyed by a lightning recently). The Botanical Gardens are open everyday from 8 am to 5 pm. Entrance fee: R$ 4"


Cathedral Metropolitana - Attraction -

Cathedral Metropolitana

"If you like modern architecture, you'll like the Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao. It's quite gray and unspectacular from the outside (despite it's cone shape) but it's amazingly fascinating inside."


Copacabana Palace Hotel - Attraction - Avenida Atlântica, 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Copacabana Beach

"Copacabana is famous for its beach and the Copacabana Palace. Opened in 1923, this impressive stucco-fashioned edifice is Rio's most traditional and luxurious hotel. This landmark was designed by the French architect Joseph Gire who was inspired by two hotels, the Negresco in Nice and the Carlton in Cannes. Since opening the hotel has had only two owners, the Guinle family of Rio de Janeiro and from 1989, Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises."


Copacabana Fort - Attraction -

Copacabana Fort

"At the far end of the beach, on Praça Coronel Eugànio Franco, is Copacabana Fort, which dates only from 1914. Since 1987 it has housed the Artillery Museum, which along with the Casa de Deodoro (Praça da República) and the Casa de Osório (Rua Riachuelo, Centro) forms part of the Army Historical Museum. Here, beside early 20th century gun-turrets for big guns, are modern armored cars and rocket-launchers. Among the other exhibits are two fragments of the Brazilian flag with which the rebel soldiers garrisoning the fort advanced against government forces in 1922, when eighteen of them were mown down. They are commemorated by a monument on Avenida Atlântica."


Ilha Grande

"Ilha Grande is just 2 hours by bus and a ferry ride from Rio de Janeiro. The island has no cars and is highly recommended."


Ipanema beach sidewalk - Attraction - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Rio, Rio de Janeiro, BR

Ipanema Beach

"Ipanema is home to the famous "Poste 9." Walk on the street leading away from the beach and the "9" sign, and you'll walk place the famous restaurant where "Girl from Ipanema" was written."


Museum of Modern Art - Attraction -

Museum of Modern Art

"Rio's Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1948 by a group of art enthusiasts headed by Raimundo Castro Maia (see Museu do Açude and Chácara do Céu). In 1958 it was transferred to its permanent headquarters. It is impossible to miss the impressive main building, designed by architect Affonso Reidy. It stands right in the heart of Flamengo Park, surrounded by gardens planned by Brazil's quintessential landscape designer Burle Marx. MAM has a very active role in Rio's cultural scene, and influenced several generations of Brazilian artists. In 1978 a tragic fire burned most of the its collection, and damaged the structure of the building. A major reconstruction effort put the museum back to its feet, and today the permanent collection has over 2,000 pieces by Brazilian and international artists. A major contribution was the Gilberto Chateubriand collection with over 4,000 pieces. It is also under the care of MAM, and can be seen in the permanent exhibition. An interesting program of art shows and exhibitions keep the museum as an excellent alternative throughout the year. Just to give you an idea, the sculptures by Camille Claudel, in 1998, attracted 120,000 people."


Praca Floriano - Attraction -

Praca Floriano

"This is one of the grand, open spaces of Rio, almost as good as anything in Portugal or Spain. The northern and southern sides are lined with good, solid Victorian municipal buildings. The eastern side is the Teatro Municipal dominating. This is based on the Opera Garnier in Paris and is a florid building that looks out of place in South America. It has an extravagant, colonnaded façade, topped by statues and cupolas. It looks across to the centre of the Praca square and smack in the middle is an obelisk/monument surrounded by eagles. But best of all was the western side. There was no need for impressive buildings here, as there was a clear view across the parkland towards the Sugarloaf."


Sugar Loaf - Attraction -

Sugar Loaf

"The Sugar Loaf (Pao de Acucar)is a great place if you are not afraid of heights! Two cable cars take you to the top of Sugarloaf. They run from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. The lower cable car starts from Praca General Tiburcio at Praha Vermelha and takes you 220 m high to Morro da Urca where you already have a beautiful view."

Outdoor Activity:

Hiking in Tijuca National Park - Outdoor Activity -

Hiking in Tijuca National Park

"If you are up for a 5 hour hike, there are many people that will show you the best spots. This is best done through an organized, experienced group."

Outdoor Activity:

Hiking in Urbu

"Rio boasts green areas even within the city limits. These three Morros - Hills - create a national park that you can take a nice stroll through or even hike with a guide. (Trust us, this is vertical stone!)"

Outdoor Activity:

Walk around Lagoa - Outdoor Activity -

Walk around Lagoa

"Lagoa - The Lake - is a nice place to take a walk or bike ride. It is easily accessible from Ipanema and Copacabana by foot. You will have a decent view of the Christ Statute."


Hippie Fair at the Praca Gen. Osorio

"Rio de Janeiro’s most popular crafts fair and flea market is the Hippie Fair that takes place on Sunday in the Praça General Osório in Ipanema. Now a major weekly event, the fair had a curious beginning. A group of bohemian artists and intellectuals liked to gather on weekends at the Jangadeiro bar, then located across the street from the square. One of the patrons, avant-garde jewelry designer Caio Mourão, began bringing some of his creations to sell out front of the bar. An artist friend followed suit. Soon the Hippie Fair was going at full steam."


Shopping in Ipanema

"Rua Visconde de Piraja has all the best shopping in Rio. Check out the boutiques. As Brazil is known for its precious gems, check out the famous Brazilian jewelers, such as Amsterdam Sauer and H. Stern."