Monday, April 27, 2009

Brazil - Rio de Janeiro

I received this wonderful card from Renato in the Slavic countries RR :) It shows the cable car of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, together with the Guanabara Bay and Copacabana beach, which is probably the best known beach of Rio, because even I've heard it's name for many times, even though I've never been to Brazil :) Sometimes I really regret this country is fo far away. And I love the places, where mountains are so close to the sea.

Sugarloaf Mountain
(in Portuguese, Pão de Açúcar), is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 metres (1,299 ft) above sea-level, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. However, it is believed by some that the name actually derives from Pau-nh-acuqua (“high hill”) in the Tupi-Guarani language, as used by the indigenous Tamoios.

The mountain is only one of several monolithic morros of granite and quartz that rise straight from the water's edge around Rio de Janeiro. A glass-paneled cable car (in popular Portuguese, bondinho - more properly called teleférico), capable of holding 75 passengers, runs along a 1400-metre route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Cara de Cão every 20 minutes. The original cable car line was built in 1912 and rebuilt around 1972/1973 in its current form. The cable car goes from the base, not the peak of the Babilônia mountain, to the Urca mountain and then to the Pão de Açúcar mountain.


Lisan said...

Funny stamps!

Krull said...

Hello! I see you really liked the card! cool! :) ah, I see the guys at postoffice did a terrible job when putting the stamps on the card... ouch!

the first 2 stamps are about "renewable fuels", and the smaller, is part of the "professions series", and this stamp is for the "shoemaker".