Wednesday, September 30, 2015

14th - Niterói

Our visit to Niterói was the habib's idea and his only. He proposed we go, I didn't have the slightest inkling what was so interesting about the place, and we had plenty of time. So off we went to take the ferry and cross Guanabara Bay to, as I later discovered, is Brazil's district with the highest Human Development Index.

The ferry ride was really nice: the bay, the hills, the sun... and the views of modern Niterói ahead (pic above). And on that side, we finally figured how to take the bus to go to our (my habib's?) goal – the MAC, or Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói). But before I talk more about the MAC, like, really, the views from the bus stop next to it? Stunning! The Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) in the distance, the clouds, the vegetation and beaches... Gorgeous!

And then if you combine those views with the MAC, designed by the one and only Oscar Niemeyer, well...

Unfortunately, the MAC was closed at the time. But we had an amazing time appreciating the beautiful curved lines of the museum from the outside, the reflecting pool, the views from the access slope... We really loved this unusual place, by a cliff ending in a beach.

I guess one day we'll have to visit Brasilia and explore plenty more of this very interesting Brazilian architect, right? In the meantime, I guess I'll have to do with having visited just one of his buildings.

Not surprisingly, the ferry trip back at sunset was beautiful too, with more views of the Pão de Açúcar, of the Corcovado, the clouds over the mountains...

So there you have it. Niterói. Well worth the very nice ferry trip, with the museum closed and all.

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