Archive for February, 2009

D Airfare: summary of recent posts

D Airfare: summary of recent posts

This is a summary of the most recent posts published at D Airfare, our blog on Brazilian aviation news with tips on how to find the best deals to fly to Brazil.

On the new flights and new routes section we mentioned the new weekly flight Madrid – Salvador de Bahía, the way American Airlines was showing how not to run a business, Azul’s new flights to Recife, Fortaleza, Manaus, Navegantes and Rio de Janeiro and Trip’s new flights to Aracaju, Bonito, Lençóis and Petrolina.

Azul began using promotional codes: Azul: 25% discount promotional code. Good if you catch them in time! Tam run a weekend promotion, Gol also had flight promotion around the carnival dates. Webjet also had more flight deals but, where are the rules?

We mentioned the Brazil Airpass and South America Airpass by Varig and Gol and the total lack of information around it. Gol’s press office didn’t bother to reply to our questions about the pass.

On our blog’s media centre we saw a video of a landing in Foz de Iguazu and a photo of an airplane landing in Rio de Janeiro

February 27, 2009 | By More
<em>Museu do Futebol</em> (football/soccer museum)

Museu do Futebol (football/soccer museum)

estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo

The recently inaugurated Museu do Futebol (football/soccer museum) in São Paulo will soon become an unmissable visit for footie fans worldwide.

Whether you are soccer-crazy or not, the museum is worth a visit. It was designed by the same team responsible for the state-of-the-art Museu da Língua Portuguesa. The museum is located under the stands of the Pacaembu Stadium in são Paulo. The endless collection of posters that decorate the entrance hall to the museum are an excellent introduction to the nostalgic trip in football history you will be about to embark on.

At the museum the emphasis is very much on technology and interactivity as a means of telling the history of Brazilian soccer and society. Be warned, do no expect many references to world soccer, the museum is mainly about Brazil. A forgiveable sin, given Brazil’s contribution to the history of the sport.

There is a section of the museum devoted to photos from times gone by, you could spend there ages contemplating the amazing collection of snapshots from the first decades of football history.

From that room, a futuristic leap to the space dedicated to the World Cups. XXI century totems remember all the world cups and the world events that happened during the time.

The second half of the museum deals with the rules of the sport. On the way, a door allows you to contemplate the Pacaembu stadium, where the museum is located, from the inside.

The museum has quite a few of interactive surprises I will not reveal now. Make sure you have proper footwear on if you want to make the most of the penalty shoot simulator.

Address: Estádio do Pacaembu (Praça Charles Miller). It’s 1 km from the Clínicas metro station (line 2 – green), though the way down to the stadium is not straightforward. Easiest thing is to take a taxi to the stadium from the metro station, the short ride shouldn’t cost more than R$10.

Price: Entrance is R$6 (students with proper ID and senior citizens pay $3). Free entrance on Thursdays.

Opening times: From Tuedsay to Sunday, from 10 to 17 hours. Closed when there is a game at the stadium.

Website: Museu do Futebol

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February 25, 2009 | By More
carnival 2009

carnival 2009

So carnival is finally here. In true Brazilian fashion the entire country stops working to party and celebrate non-stop for the coming few days. For that reason I will only be back here on Wednesday next week.

A great carnival to you all!

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February 20, 2009 | By More
Brazil beaches – my second photobook

Brazil beaches – my second photobook

Beaches Brazil / Brasil Playas

I just received, hot from the press, my Beaches Brazil, a project where I’ve put together a selection of more than one hundred photos taken during seven years travelling along the Brazilian coast. In the link I’ve just given you can preview the first 14 pages of the book. Here’s the full thumbnail index::

Beaches Brazil / Brasil Playas

Most of the 120 pages of the book have full-page photographs. I have grouped the photos by themes: landscapes, crystal-clear water, waves, relax, food, beach shopping, boats, sunset, urban beaches, sports, flowers, villages and Noronha.

Beaches Brazil / Brasil Playas

Beaches Brazil / Brasil Playas

You can purchase the book from Blurb, where you’ll find all the details. Books are sent from the States and Europe to destinations all throughout the world.

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February 18, 2009 | By More
need to go through the cash register

need to go through the cash register

Pan de Azúcar

On a note published a few weeks ago by the Panrotas magazine (Pão de Açúcar é retirado de campanha mundial) we learned that the smart Swiss businessman behind the election for the New 7 wonders of nature had decided to exclude from the competition Rio de Janeiro’s Sugar Loaf mountain.

The reason for the exclusion? The campaign for the election of the Sugar Loaf had the support of private companies. But hold on a sec, it’s not that the Swiss doesn’t allow the private initiative to finance his farce. The problem is that the companies supporting the Sugar Loaf had not signed a contract with the Swiss entrepeneur. And if there is no contract and no dues are paid, there is no election.

And yet many people will still get excited about the whole election thing.

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February 17, 2009 | By More