Beautiful Brazil

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I've recently been to Brazil, visiting Iguaçu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. It was a trip of superb landscapes and vistas.

Iguaçu Falls are vast, a huge grouping if massive waterfalls straddling the Brazil-Argentina border.

Iguaçu Falls 

The view from Brazil is vast, showing their huge extent, their overall force and revealing rainbows. On the Argentina side, you can get closer, sensing their overwhelming power and speed.

Birds in Parque des Aves

In Rio, vistas are equally beautiful, showing all the  city's famous places: the beautiful beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema, Sugarloaf Mountain and everything in between.

Rio de Janeiro vistas 

Rio seems studded with forested hills, as though they recently sprouted up within the city (of course it was the other way round).

The Christ the Redeemer statue looks down on the city, not looming over it, more neatly perched like a parakeet.

Cristo Redentor

Tasos' map of Cyprus

Thursday, January 24, 2013

While I was in Budapest a few months ago, I started chatting to a guy who turned out to be from Cyprus.

I quickly asked Tasos to draw his map of Cyprus.

Cyprus, drawn by Tasos
And so now I have collected maps of all but two European countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina and Moldova.