Saudade: Stock images from Rio

“Saudade: (especially with reference to songs or poetry) a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament”

Continuing on with my nostalgia tour, I’ll now showcase some of my birth city of Rio de Janeiro, which is also known as the marvellous city – you’ll see why shortly.

To be brutally honest, my collection of images of Rio is incomplete since I have not ventured out much beyond the touristic neighbourhoods for fear of having my expensive gear stolen. However, next time I visit I’ll just have to bite the bullet, as there’s some corners that I’d love to capture, including Rio’s old Bohemian neighbourhood (Lapa). In any case, this is a small selection of the stock collection I have at the moment.


After work, the British head to the pub, the Italians to the cafe…the cariocas head to the beach, even when they should be working (as the stereotype goes).

Copacabana at sunrise with fishermen
ipanema beach2


Rio’s landscape is surrounded by dense tropical forests offering stunning views of the city below.

Pao de Acucar
Pão de Açucar
Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pedra Bonita


The Botanical Garden shows the diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora.

Path with palm trees
Imperial palm trees
Jardim Botanico
Many weddings images are featured below these arches


Man going up stairs to favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2)

Cantagalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil2


old rio
Colonial buildings

Museum of Tomorrow

190-meter-long wall in the city’s formerly run-down port area. reaching a total height of 15.5 meters, painted by Eduardo Kobra – more details here. 

Cooling down


Cruise ship in Rio

Rio, te amo!


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