INHOTIM- Introducing God's and Other Artists' Creations

God's artistic creations - such as flowers and trees - are of genuine, pure beauty, indeed. But in combination with creations by earthly visual artists, they become just marvelous.

Dan Graham's Bisected Triangle in the backdrop of the lush greeneries. At Inhotim, God's creations and the other artists' works go together just so well.

Bernardo Paz, the founder of Inhotim in the outskirts of Brumadinho, is not the first impresario to recognize that.
I've been to a couple of other fantastic combinations of Godly and artistic creations, brought together by some wealthy impresarios like Henry E. Huntington's Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino/Pasadena and Knud W. Jensen's Louisiana North of Copenhagen. I assure you none of these can compete with Inhotim.

The Voice of Colors: Rita, Eduardo, and Jorge in Rio

Streetart is becoming more and more not only tolerated, but recognized and promoted. Especially in South America, it has a long tradition - as a medium where colors give the people a voice.

#favelismo - an art movement turning poverty and humiliation into power and pride. That's what great street art stands for.

I'm introducing Rita Wainer, Eduardo Kobra, and Jorge Selarón, three of the greatest urban artists that left ineradicable traces in Rio de Janeiro.

I am what I am...and what I am is not a person who likes carnival

I am what I am.... - the beginning of Gloria Gaynor's evergreen is the perfect intro to a post I wrote last year during the carnival in Brazil.

Since yesterday, this year's edition of the world-famous event is taking place.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels
Bar on the Copacabana beach

So carnival - yay or nay?

Spoiler alert: I am what I am, and what I am is not a person that likes carnival; anywhere in the world.

And here you can read why.

BRAZIL - Updated Travel Guide

(Update February 2019)

I think there are countries that are on every traveller's bucket list, and Brazil is definitely one of them.

Brazil / bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels
These are only three highlights Brazil has to offer - kind of an appetizer.

I had the chance to travel to this mesmerizing country last year, and since the first week of the year are a perfect time to visit, I quickly re-edited and updated the original post and am happy to supply you with recommendations and information to make your trip an unforgettable one.

BRAZIL - the complete travel guide

Guide to GALLE

Galle, the last stop on my trip through Sri Lanka, conquered my heart despite the fact that it's very touristy.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Galle Sri Lanka
There is even a small beach next to Galle's iconic lighthouse.

It is one of the eight sites being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage - and while places like Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy are on the list for really, really old structures and architectonic sites, Galle is sort of the baby of the family: The beautiful, historic Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and expanded and finished by the Dutch in the 17th century.

Memos from SRI LANKA. 9th Memo: Galle - the birds nest in the chandelier

A colonial mansion in the walled old town of Galle, built first in 16th century by the Portuguese and eventually fortified by the Dutch colonialist during the 17th century.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Galle Fort Sri Lanka
Dark wooden windows in contrast to the white-washed walls.

One of these typical houses - white-washed and with windows and doors of dark wood.
Not so long ago, they still used to be shiny, but the sun here is merciless and the salty air from the ocean pulls its weight, too.
Therefore the wood, still intact, deems a bit weathered.

Memos from SRI LANKA. 8th Memo: Mirissa - and life is a beach

It wasn't even on purpose that I neatly divided my trip into three parts: culture tour during the first week, nature trip during the second, and now it's the final countdown on the beach.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka
Mirissa beach - divided by the Rock Island - an ideal photo spot.

After having been a bit disappointed by Tangalle, I chose Mirissa as my next destination. All I can say is: Well done - hence, life is a beach, after all!