Mengo Palace Hotel
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... for their outpost of Brazil. With them they brought 6,000 species of plants and planted them all inside the Rio Botanical gardens. To this day there are palm trees that date back to 1840.
We walked these massive gardens for a couple of hours grabbing a Guarana drink and then headed for an early dinner in Niterio over the massive bridge from Rio to Niterio. William wanted to take us to a great Brazilan BBQ spot (Churrascuria) so we made the drive. It ...
... place we had visited just a couple of days ago.
I walked (slowly and reluctantly) to the Havaiana shop that was just a few blocks from the metro station, and it was amazing how many people were out already. Everyone was drinking and dancing and walking around all over the downtown area. I don’t think any of the streets were actually open to cars, it looked like they had all been closed down. There were quite a few ...
... favela in Rio and seeing firsthand the improvements made to their homes by donations from organisations such as Caritas. We even made some friends with some beautiful local kids.... Definitely a humbling experience to appreciate what we have and how lucky we are to live where we live (especially when we heard gun shots a few times on our visit!). We spent whole days lounging on chairs under umbrellas on Copacabana beach while little men brought us cold drinks and ...
... and rough it out and stay up all night. It was finally sunny so Rick, Fiona and I went straight to Christ in the morning. It looked like everyone had decided to do the same thing as it was crazy busy. We caught a shuttle up to the entrance (there is a train also however everyone says it is overpriced and over rated) We waited in line for about half an hour and bought our tickets. From there we had to wait about another half hour for another shuttle which ...
... Ashton! Dean Ashton of that great volley once and early retirement fame. After a 20 minute ride in the train/tram, enjoying great views of the city and lots of trees, we made it to the top. A short walk up the steps and we had reached the end of our pilgrimage. Christ is some sight standing very tall above you but to be honest the most impressive thing was the view over Rio - you can see all the way from Leblon/race course round to the Maracana - giving you a great idea ...