Sidewalk

Calçada Portuguesa: L;Praça dos Restauradores, Libon. R: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: RM

Calçada Portuguesa: L;Praça dos Restauradores, Lisbon. R: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: RM

We often walk the streets without really heeding what we walk on: the sidewalk. But if you’re feeling somewhat down, or are merely looking for something, and by chance indeed look down: what do you see? The answer probably tells a lot about the country or city in which you find yourself at that moment. The pavement that is applied says a lot about a country and therefore about the nature of its population. In Europe, some countries have their own distinctive paving. If you see a picture of a random street, you immediately know where the photo was taken. Continue reading

Way to the Sea

architecture blog, Copacabana

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Rogier Mentink

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is more than 200 meters wide. In the Brazilian summer, the sand gets extremely hot and the long walk to the waterline is an ordeal, even with a pair of Havaianas on your feet. Continue reading