Rio de Janeiro
Last weekend I took my mom to Rio. It was my first time there and all I can say is this is the most beautiful city in the world.
First of all we left Sao Paulo's Congonhas Airport with a five hour delay on saturday because Santos Dumont airport in Rio was closed because of fog. We ended up flying at 12:30 to the Rio's Galeon Intl airport. The flight was a quick 40 minutes.
After arriving we immediately went to the Corcovado by cab and I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures... The view is amazing! Later we went for dinner at small restaurant facing Praia Ipanama called Azul Marino. Very nice setting with the sound of the waves in the background. The giant shrimps I ordered were huge!!
On sunday we headed to Praia Ipanema. Weekends is the time where locals and tourists mingle on the beach creating a massive sea of people. The Beaches of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana are covered with people. I *guess* there must be over 500,000 people beaching. At sun down we went to the Pao de Acucar to look at the city from another angle. The view is great but not as impressive as from the Corcovado.
Monday we went to the Jardim Botanico for a few hours. Very nice and quiet - probably because it was a week day. We then went for lunch to the Confeteiria Colombo for lunch. This is a retro coffee shop going back to the 19th century selling specialty candies, light lunches, cigars and liquors. Very chic and high class. After lunch we went once more to the Corcovado, by train this time, to view the sunset. I took a massive amount of pictures again. This was by far the best moment because there were far less people then on saturday and the sunset made it all the more magic. A young guy from Australia asked me to film him with his cam as he spread his father's ashes from the edge of the Corcovado with the bay and the Pao de Acucar in the background. Very touching and considering the view totally understandle why one would wish this. We ended the day with dinner at Botequim. Good food and not too expensive.
Finally on tuesday, my mom went to this museum in the morning (forgot the name - it's in Botafogo). Then we headed to Praia Ipanema for a few hours. We checked out of the hotel at 16:00 and had early dinner. We got at Santos Dumont at 19:52 and were allowed on the 20:00 departure to SP. Fastest boarding I've ever had!
I didn't have a chance to go try the chopp at Bracarense because it was too late saturday afternoon when we got back from Corcovado and we were both exhausted but no doubt I will get many opportunities to go again. :)
All in all, it was a great 4 days in the most beautiful city in the world with perfect weather. Now, what do I have to do to get an appartment with a view on Ipanema? ;)
I've posted my pictures on Pbase here.