Christ the Redeemer, Rio

Like everybody, I’ve always wanted to visit this most famous statue.


Live everyone, I found it to be no let down. 🙂

Most take the quaint cog railway up and down. (But there is a rough scramble trail which starts close to the Botanical Gardens.)

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You arrive at the top to his back facing. Interesting.



I like the face. It’s as tranquil as many Buddha statues.


The views are terrific. Obviously.




There’s Maracanã Stadium. It will host Opening & Closing Olympic ceremonies.


This guy’s certainly going to be cheering Brazil to win the men’s futebol gold medal.


Everybody here is happy, happy.



But the Russian girl – Lena – I arrived with nearly got us kicked out. She climbed the Redeemer for a photo. 🙂

… A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931. …

Rick and Christ the Redeemer

BEAUTIFUL – Selaron Steps, Rio

One of my favourite Rio tourist attractions. Unique. Quirky. And very Rio. 🙂

Escadaria Selarón, also known as the ‘Selaron Steps’, is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as “my tribute to the Brazilian people”.

In 1990, Selarón began renovating dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. At first, neighbours mocked him for his choice of colours as he covered the steps in fragments of blue, green and yellow tiles – the colours of the Brazilian flag. It started out as a side-project to his main passion, painting, but soon became an obsession. …

There are 250 steps measuring 125 metres long which are covered in over 2000 tiles collected from over 60 countries …


You’ve seen the steps if you’ve seen this videoBeautiful with Snoop and Pharrell.

(The artist) Jorge Selarón was found dead on the Escadaria Selarón near his home on January 10, 2013, at the age of 65. Police did not rule out homicide, saying he had received death threats. Later in 2013, police has said the main line of investigation was suicide, considering allegations from friends that he was depressive.

what’s with Adult colouring books?

Adult coloring books, though available in print, are increasingly being offered digitally, via ebooks, digital apps, and coloring pages that can be colored online or downloaded.

Contributing to the popularity of e-coloring books are their de-stressing, relaxation effects and the fact that users’ work-products can be saved and shared. …

A friend of mine, Cynthia, was one of the artists in this one – Coloring Creative Characters: Fun Coloring Pages with Personality. ($12.99)

adult coloring book

when unibrows were cool

The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha has a special exhibition right now called Qajar Women.

“… artwork of the Qajar period in Iran (1785-1925). … ”

A unibrow was considered very fashionable. Very beautiful.


That’s not so odd. They are still popular in Tajikistan.

But some ladies added facial hair. Moustache and/or beard. That I find strange.

women with moustache

Raul Ruiz – street artist

Granada’s most famous street artist is Raúl Ruiz (better known as El Niño de las Pinturas). I took a walking tour to see some the work in the Realejo quarter near his home.








In 2013 Granada named a small plaza just outside his house after Joe Strummer of The Clash, a long-time admirer of the city and a regular visitor in the 1980s and ’90s. Ruiz spray-painted a mural.


The high resolution versions of all my photos are on Flickr.

related – Granada’s street art

visiting Granada’s Alhambra in Spain

Loved it.

HUGE. Sprawling. Impressive.

There are millions of tiny details to notice. Like this one.


Click PLAY or watch a 1-minute overview.

Alhambra (lit. “the red one”) … is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. …

Alhambra’s Islamic palaces, as we know them today, were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain …

After the conquest of Granada by the Reyes Católicos (“Catholic Monarchs”) in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers. …

After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the buildings being occupied by squatters, Alhambra was rediscovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories. …

Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra … is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories. Irving lived in the palace while writing the book and was instrumental in reintroducing the site to Western audiences. …

Click PLAY or watch The Guardian’s lyrical edit on YouTube.