Promenade Barra First
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... hit the streets.HistoryFor the next two centuries it was an unimportant outpost of the Portuguese Empire, until gold, diamonds, and ore were found in Minas Gerais in 1720. Then, as the nearest port, Rio became the port for these minerals and replaced Salvador as the main city in the colony in 1763.Rio was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese as a fortification against French privateers who trafficked wood and goods ...
... first full day in Rio. The day we chose was pretty overcast but the views from the top of each were no less spectacular from those that fill travel mags at home. Given the pair of us (I was still with Sam at that time) only have to look at a light bulb to burn, it actually worked out pretty well. It was a great walk along Copacabana beach (see below!) but we had thought we'd come across endless coffee/breakfast shops en-route. We were sadly mistaken! Had we fancied a ...
... samba music, but we decided to head upstairs where there was a 10 piece band playing sertanejo type tunes.
We played around, drank a bit, danced around looking like 100% gringos. We didn't care, we were having fun. We were getting stared at by all of the Brazilians in the club, but probably because we are so attractive. We didn't have a terribly late night but it was great to catch up with them again before they were all heading off on different travels. Bye ...
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... next guide who picked us up for the city tour. We spent the afternoon visiting a few famous sites; Escadaria Selaron, Christ the Redeemer (strangely complete with escalator for easy ascension), the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro (looked like something from District 13 of Panem), and last but certainly not least, sunset on Sugar Loaf mountain. By the time we reached Sugarloaf we were all shattered but glad we had managed to spend the last day together as a ...