Saturday, Here In The Jardim

Rio has many many wonderful charming old buildings that really show some classic architectural lines. Sadly, she is also cursed with a lot of modern crap.

Like this thing


Yes, that’s the cathedral. Blech.

For most folks the sight of that place would be a stomach-turning event. For me it reminded me that my stomach wanted food. Oh sure, we went to Corcorvado and the monastery of São Bento (which is simply STUNNING, by the way: founded in 1590, the current building was finished in 1671 I think. The woodwork is divine. When we got there there was a service in progress: 10 monks chanting. It was very very lovely. But no photos allowed.)

But it was lunch time, and we had heard about a lovely area of Rio called Santa Teresa. There, tucked in against the hillside, is the wonderful Restaurante Aprazivel.

Daughter and I were in heaven when they brought the appetizers of little grilled sausages inside pão de queijo


My Bride appreciated the reasonable size of the beer bottles


then we had some grilled heart of palm


with some pesto drizzled on, natch


Daughter had some fish with okra, rice and beans


My Bride had some lovely picanha with beans and farofa


Me? I had some goat and mushrooms.


As I said, the place is tucked into a hillside and plays perfectly into the tropical vibe


There are several different eating levels offering different views of the city down below.

The kitchen is fairly open and centrally located so the smells waft hither and yon most enticingly.


Speaking of enticing, when one is one vacation one must have dessert: Daughter had mangos


My Bride had sauteed bananas and ice cream


I had guava gelato


Ah, the stress I encumber myself with for You, Dear Readers!

After lunch we decided we needed a nice walk, and there is no place nicer than the Jardim Botânico for that.

But first, to help you navigate the park, please allow me to translate some of the signs there for you.



This is an especially important message for small children, for it says “Don’t piss off Granma”, and if you want that ice cream at the end of a hot day walking around you’d better follow that advice.

Now I know Rio is a big city and one hears a lot about crime there. And it’s true, the crime can be bad. Here in the Jardim they have developed a special Elite Anti-Crime unit:


“Warning: These Turtles Are Murderers”

Now that you’ve gotten a feel for the Portuguese language you can fully appreciate the lovely 3 foot wide lily pads


oddly-shaped trees


ginormous stands of bamboo


that are scattered about, as well as all the lovely tropical bromeliads and orchids








and really really tall Royal Palms


But plants get boring, so we went back to the hotel, took a nap, and stayed out until 2 at the Rio Scenarium, listening to Bossa Nova and Samba


fun stuff all around!

9 Responses to “Saturday, Here In The Jardim”

  1. I saw that building and the first thought I had was “DALEK!!!”

    Also, it’s a good thing I can read Portuguese, though you had me rolling 😀

  2. JeffS says:

    Lovely photos! Except for the cathedral, of course. But every beauty has a pimple somewhere.

    But regarding your lunch…..I thought the mention of goat was forbidden on this blog? ;-p

  3. tree hugging sister says:

    FanTABULOUS travelogue, little brother!

    And I sure as HELL can’t let Mort see that sign…

  4. tree hugging sister says:

    …alTHO, come to think of it and the CHUNK the little BASTARD took out of my nose, he NEEDS one.

  5. BlackDog says:

    It is only forbidden if it is preceded by old.

  6. Jim - PRS says:

    Goat? You are definitely a culinary swashbuckler.

  7. Yojimbo says:

    Errol Bingley!? :)

    Yea! Mort is back. Last time I heard the little guy was MIA. Good for the little,er,nipper. Brightens my day.

  8. Dr Alice says:

    That sounds like a fabulous trip!

  9. John says:

    What are you talking about, Jim. You want culinary swashbucking, you have to go to Asia. Or Flushing. I can get you fabulous goat-on-a-stick in Flushing, but once again, that isn’t culinary swashbucking. This is culinary swashbuckling.

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