Mengo Palace Hotel
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Inside one church there was a huge shell that had been fired by the navy during a 19th century military coup. It hit a big statue of the Virgin Mary, which was later found almost undamaged in the building next door.
We also visited the Assembly Building which used to be the National Parliament when Rio was the capital, and now is the state assembly. There was some sort of teacher/student demo going on outside, and a statue of our old friend Tiradentes, as ...
... was much better. For dinner we found a Churrasco down the road. It's a Brasilian BBQ where they come around with meat on sticks and keep loading up your plate until you can't eat anymore. The meat was great and they had a whole buffet just for salads aswell.
Wed 13/8 Laudry day! Rob and I dropped a load of laundry off down the road. Rob went back to the hostel and I walked down to Copocabana to try and find a surf shop that sold hats. The hair gel ...
... rule from drug lords. Interestingly the drug lords would never allow police into the favela, but they did allow Michael Jackson and arranged his security!
After the tour we walked along the beach for sunset watching some really nice waves crash in.
In the evening we heard about another very real issue in Rio as two people from our hostel returned from having been mugged ...
... such as Za Za Bistrot, to fine-dining restaurants inside hotels such as Carême,
the restaurant of the famous chef Flávia Quaresma. Although many of the
newer restaurants are truly world-class, you can often find an
unforgettable meal in an out-of-the-way area such as in Santa Tereza
where you can find the restaurant Aprazível, with good food in a
special ambiance. Be sure to try the Brazilian style steakhouses called ...
... the photos tell it better), then down to a local market and then along Ipanema beach to meet others from our hostel for a tour of a nearby favela. In the media, favelas are generally portrayed as crime-ridden, deadly slums. Well, Vidigao favela is the complete opposite of that. It gradually and illegally appeared during the 1930s but is now government sanctioned and every now and then, after local pressure, the authorities improve parts of it. It's one of ...