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I did a loop back to the Praca to check out the buildings on the other side which include a museum designed my Oscar Neymeier (Actually pretty much all of Brazil was designed by him). The most impressive building in the Praca is the Palace where the President (Dilma) works. I guess she was there because there was a pretty heavy security prescence.
The national congress was next and is by far Neymeier's most famous work. It is ...
... wasn't anyone around to me to bring me harm! I felt like I was in a George Orwell book. That said, there was also something very cool about it.
I've been told the city was planned with organization in mind, with civic essentials in one place. The library, museum and cathedral are within steps of each other in order to get your God and culture fix done efficiently. The structures are a wonder - incredible lines and shapes, all ...
Wow. What a few days it's been. Back into Brasil, in the capital, Brasilia. There isn't a huge amount to do in Brasilia for tourists, it's mostly a municipal and government centre of office, with a bit of interesting architecture, but it definitely doesn't have the draw that somewhere like Rio does for the casual traveller. That said, the town was flooded with Colombia fans for the big match against Ivory Coast, one of our games. Going to the stadium on the big day ...
... was security and plenty of room
I had a few problems getting my tent pegs into the asphalt, but I did in the end, worth bringing 6 inch nails as pegs, I think
It was another early start, 6 AM, I was up at 5 and waiting for the service station to open for a coffee, a young lad passed me one out of the window before they were opened properly, I was quite chuffed with that, a nice thought, so it was all packed and we set off again, we would pull over later ...
... hotel zone, commercial zone, housing zones. The hotel zone is in the empty centre so is eerily quiet at night & on the weekend (and you can imagine how quiet on New Years Day). A strange place, but well worth the big detour.
We saw in the New Year on the Monumental Axis. Lots of fireworks (but little choreography) and incredibly loud samba bands and big crowds (so there are some people there!).
Happy New Year!