When the sun comes out in Rio, things get very hot! If you have to stay out on the street for any amount of time, you’ll find yourself looking for some shade before long. This particular street in Copacabana has the shade situation pretty well covered.
Does anyone recognise this street? Here’s a clue: It was named after a Brazilian revolutionary heroine who was born in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina and who died in Italy.
Her future husband’s first words to her were “You must be mine” (I imagine he growled this while fixing her with his best look of smouldering desire…).
She was later described by one of her husband’s comrades thus:
[she is] an amalgam of two elemental forces…the strength and courage of a man and the charm and tenderness of a woman, manifested by the daring and vigour with which she had brandished her sword and the beautiful oval of her face that trimmed the softness of her extraordinary eyes
The owner of that beautiful face and those extraordinary eyes was Anita Garibaldi and if I had been her husband Giuseppe, I would have kept a close eye on that comrade of mine who seemed so besotted with my wife!
Hers is an interesting but sadly short story. Pregnant and suffering malaria, she died in her husband’s arms while fleeing from Austrian troops in Italy. She was just 27. She left behind not just 4 children, but also this rather magnificent quote:
Não tenha medo de viver, de correr atrás dos sonhos. Tenha medo de ficar parado.
[Don’t be afraid to live, to chase dreams. Be afraid of standing still]