Friday, 22 October 2010
From Rio de Janerio to Curitiba
FuFu Journey to Brazil - Part Four (Final)
From Rio de Janerio to Curitiba | 23rd July 2010
The in-flight safety demo shown by cute animation!
Or you prefer the Filipino's Cebu Pacific's dancing safety demo more?
The take-off from Rio de Janeiro was amazingly good. It's absolutely one good scenic flight ever. I totally enjoyed the breathtaking and bird's view of the city! The city is surrounded by many islands and the long stretch of beach along the coast simply impressed me. Also i saw Christo of Redeemer (one of the World's New Seven Wonders) majestically standing on a mountain. Though it's a small white dot as what you could see from the picture, i could clearly see the figure of the statue. Awesome. See, i would never get myself bored even though i often travel alone. Just you need to know what could make you happy, then make full use of it.
Approximately 45mins later, the plane was flying on top of the territory of Curitiba. Again i was stunned with the aerial view of Curitiba! Finally i could see how the city has been developed with my own eyes. Clearly i see few major corridors alongside with concentrated high rise buildings which are the backbones of the city's well known and organised bus system. The city is very green as well. There are so many parks provided for everyone at every corner in the city as what i could see before landing.
The journey to Curitiba, Brazil from Frankfurt, Germany was great! Though it was a 20hour long-haul trip (including transit at Paris, France), i totally had fun snapping pictures to kill the boredom! Anyway, it was supposed to rain (according to the forecast i checked day before i flew), probably Curitiba was welcoming me, it's sunny with chilly wind. It's definitely a nice starting point. Obrigado (Thank you)!
The take-off by TAM Airlines.
UP! Flying higher.
Definitely would like to visit these islands when FuFu is in Rio!
The other side of the city.
Check out this video to see how Rio actually looks like!
If not, skip it and scroll down for the pictures!
FuFu was awed by the city!
See the high density of the city.
Over populated, seriously!
Rio de Janeiro also famous of it's shanty or slum areas (favelas).
What a long bridge that connects two parts of the city.
Really can't wait to visit Rio next year!
Little Manhattan! Only those who had been to NYC could relate this!
Could you see Christ the Redeemer?
The new wonder of the world announced on 7th July 2007.
Getting farther from the city but closer to Curitiba to the Southwest.
Damn, see the coastline!!
The long stretch white sand beach!
Wanna enjoy the sun-kiss here!
The in-flight entertainment was in Portuguese. Not interested.
Kept looking out and observing.
Wow. Amazing! Have you seen something?
See this narrow line that brings people to the other side!!
Can't wait to explore Rio from 1st March till 4th April 2011.
The flight from Rio simple made FuFu love the city more.
It's snacks time. Everyone was given a packet of snacks and drink.
Biscuit with butter and jam, cookies and orange juice.
After the snacks, FuFu continued enjoying the sky!
What a nice formation of the sand dunes.
Oh, what a majestic view! Very picturesque.
Another 20minutes till the destination according to the captain.
Almost arriving Curitiba, yay!
On top of Curitiba!
Wow... see the density!
See the skyscrapers alongside one of the main bus corridors,
Transportation system was planned together with land use planning.
Density was being increased along the corridor that buses running.
But situation is starting to shrink because of high capacity of cars.
Check out the video of Curitiba.
See the Barigui Park on the right? Heard it's a nice park.
The plane was heading to Sao Jose dos Pinhais, the city in the south.
The airport is located S. J. dos Pinhais, 30mins drive from Curitiba.
A nice landing from TAM Airlines.
Arrived Afonso Pena International Airport.
Finally, touched down FuFu's destination.
See how rudely the crew unloading the baggages!
Can sue the airport crew with this clip if there's a baggage damage!
Still waiting rest of the passengers get out the plane first!
Nice connection to the airport from the plane. See it?
The tube design of the bus system can be found at the airport too.
Leaving the plane and heading to claim the baggage.
Damn, FuFu couldn't get his way in!
1 baggage, 1 backpack bag and a hand-carry.
The arrival hall. But nobody pick me up at the airport.
Check-in counters. (First thing to do - walking around the airport!)
The basin was clean.
But the toilet room was quite unpleasant for passengers to use.
Anyway got a phonecard from a book store and called my host!
The asked the information of the shuttle bus to city centre.
R$8 (RM16) to city centre of Curitiba (45minutes).
A long queue and Bus came every 25minutes.
This bus was fulled!
Waited 25minutes for the next bus.
The sticker to claim the luggage when arriving the destination.
This picture below was taken at the small balcony of my host, Oldy's apartment of one back street here in Curitiba! Need to highlight that my host is nice! He picked me up at National Library Bus Stop. And we walked back to his apartment. He is such a friendly and easy going person! I planned to stay at his apartment until i had found a room! He is living right at the city centre with his brother! The first lunch in Curitiba, i had a buffet-styled lunch at Restaurante Lotus (a Chinese restaurant). And did a short stroll around the city centre with Oldy! The streets here are very attractive to stroll around! Absolutely nice for pedestrians. Will share everything about Curitiba here from now on. Stay tuned.
The view from the apartment of FuFu's host, Oldy.
FuFu's life staying in Curitiba started on 23rd July 2007.