Mercure Rio De Janeiro Botafogo Mourisco
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... caveman-types through to independence and modern day, really interesting cos I didnt know anything about the history before that. Caught the bus up to Christ the Redeemer in the afternoon, I thought the views from sugar loaf were impressive but from here they were unbelievable, obviously as the statue is on an inland hill (corovocado, means hunchback in Portuguese) you get views of the entire city not just the more coastal bits, so I've taken plenty of photos to bore ...
... who lives in the middle of the Tijuca National Park, the biggest national park in the middle of a city, 32square km. ] It is on the top of the Corcovado mountain. The view was just spectacular! Very windy at times..we just about took off. From there we went to the Lapa steps. I didn't know much about them, but the steps led to the convent at the top. Then some crazy Chilean guy mosaic'ed the steps to attract the rich ...
... an ašai (a fruit sorbet with granola) and observing my fellow human beings. What a bizarre species we are.
Although the beach is Rio's main feature, it is by no means the only thing to do. Away from the seashore and scantily clad masses, the city has some beautiful colonial architecture with some very interesting history. Some of Rio's more exciting history dates back to 1808 when Napoleon was wreaking havoc in Europe and a very frightened King Dom ...
Today's adventure started with a breakfast of pancakes and passionfruit juice before heading out on the metro to Sugar Loaf mountain.
I must admit, we did get a bit lost on our walk, but with the help of some friendly Brazilians we were on our way!
Sugar Loaf was incredible with views that encompassed the whole of Rio- it was especially cool looking down on the almost empty Copacabana beach, still with big screens up, ...
... setting up for their time here in the World Cup. The cows were sculptures, there were makeshift lounges everywhere, wooden sleds, a giant snow bubble, bars, cafes and of course a giant screen for the football. It was such a cool place! I stayed there all afternoon, ate a Swiss-German sausage dish (I know, I'm in Brazil – but who can resist a bratwurst sausage?) and drank a couple of Heinekens while ...