Going Offshore: From Kyoto to Rio


The ancient capital of Japan is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 17 sights of Kyoto are in UNESCO heritage list. 

It gets a special charm in the spring with sakura blossoms and in the autumn, when maples blush. For the best views, go to the Kiyomizu-dera temple complex, the temple of Daigo-ji or to the amazing gardens of Shugakuin Imperial Villa. You can enjoy the atmosphere of the old city in the Gion district where traditional cultural elements blends harmoniously with modern realities. Elegant kimonos and other attributes of oriental splendor are sold in the numerous shops of the district. The variety of dishes from vegetables and fresh fish will make any foodie smile: sushi here is not just a word, but a full-blown philosophy.

Meeting Rio the first time always comes as a pleasant surprise. Whether it occurs in the sky or on by water, the first thing you see is  a breathtaking view of the Guanabara Bay with its white beaches, the Sugarloaf Mountain rising out of the water and, of course, the Corcovado mountain, with statue of Christ the Redeemer spreading his arms on the top. Rio is definitely a city of contrasts. Only here you can enjoy the morning beaches in front of the fashionable hotel of Ipanema or Copacabana, and in the evening go to the streets to dance a samba with the locals. For a day get closer to nature, wandering through the forests of Tijuca, inhabited by monkeys, toucans and parrots, and devote another day to to the study the modernist construction of Niemeyer Museum of Contemporary Arts by the legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer. And of the memory, the calming rhythms of bosanova, born on these shores, will remain with you forever.