TG drives the Kombi in Brazil
It's one of TG magazine's greatest ever adventures: a white-knuckle ride around the favelas in a new, 50s-style Kombi van
Posted: 11 Oct 2013
Thankfully, things have improved dramatically, without buffing the edges off what remains an enjoyably edgy city. Even when there is no carnival, Rio still vibrates like the top of a giant bongo drum, a city clearly dedicated to the idea of having a good time. It has a Sambadrome, for heaven's sake, and the Maracanã football stadium is more of a cathedral than Rio's actual cathedral. The rest of its architecture is a wonderfully grand mix of colonial palaces and buildings that date from its time as the Brazilian capital (1763 to 1960), and the genuinely iconic modernism of that Rio-born maestro of concrete, Oscar Niemeyer.