Rondonia Palace Hotel
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... At a middle level are old cable cars -- the original and a mid-century model from which 007 hung in the movie "Moonraker".
On our way back, we learned a little about the plastic surgery business …BIG business in Rio. As we turned into the hotels, we spotted beach volleyballers, playing the game without their hands … heads, knees, etc. but no hands.
We were also told that almost all Brazilians work and most ...
... hours to kill in Sao Paolo so had something to eat and the time passed quickly. It was a very short flight to Rio, taking just over an hour, and we were met by a private driver, Pedro, who took us to our hotel. The street was closed off and police were everywhere so we were a bit concerned. However it turned out that a U.S. pop group, Fifth Harmony, was staying in the hotel opposite us and a huge crowd of largely young girls ...
... a uruguian specialty called canelones which have all been amazing, and with free breakfast the food so far has been brilliant! On Sunday afternoon I went for a little walkabout just to get my bearings and that but ended up walking past the cable car station for sugar loaf mountain so thought I might as well do something with the afternoon instead of the original plan of doing absolutely nothing on the beach! The cable car has two stops, first on the lower rock ...
... so we couldnīt really enjoy it and decided to go back the next day in the daytime.
After that, we made one last stop at the cathedral in Rio, which is spectacularly ugly from the outside, but supposedly beautiful on the inside (we got there too late and it was closed). The architect designed it like this on purpose as a commentary that inner beauty is the most important. Finally, we were dropped off at our hostel where we rested for awhile before ...
... way down on the train and just caught the Holland penalty on a man's phone, somehow he'd managed to turn it into a tv, complete with an aerial as the Brazilians feared another battering. After a quick nap on the way down, we jumped in a taxi to a restaurant near our hostel to catch the second half and another defensive masterclass from David Luiz and others. A 7-1 and a 3-0 defeat is how Brazilians will remember their home World Cup and how the rest of the world will remember ...