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27th. September – Day 6
It gets very crowded in Copacabana on a Sunday, so we decide to go in the opposite direction. We take the metro to the city centre and walk over to the ferry station to cross Guanabara Bay to Niterói, Rio's twin city on the opposite shore.
The ferries are titanic (oops, maybe I shouldn’t use that word!) as they have to carry huge amounts of commuters between these major cities, though our vessel ...
... able to maintain itself by selling all the land around the hill, so that now it is surrounded by high-rise buildings, completely invisible unless you know exactly where it is.
Our final stop is at the Praça Mauá, which is the entrance to Rio for cruise ship passengers. The place has been spruced up considerably since we first saw it some forty years ago. A new tram line is being built which will traverse the city centre. The ...
... To cool off went Marco and Manuela something swimming in the sea. Myself I was tempted not to swim that day, so I looked that our valuables were not stolen Ge. A little later, we ran to the well-known beach named "Cobacabana". The two beaches you could connect at the southern tip of Cobacabana on foot in just five minutes each. Which reminds me of the beach Ipanema liked better, than that of the Cobacabana. The sand was coarse-grained at the Cobacabana and there were more ...
... difficult it was to get things done. Ordering drinks, dealing with hotel reception, paying a bill all seemed to turn into unnecessarily bureaucratic events. More than a couple of days may have tried our patience. All we can say is "Good Luck with the Olympic Games in 2016"! We bade adios to our Jules Verne friends who had been excellent company & especially Jen, Steve & Stephen & headed for Santiago de Chile for an overnight stop before the next adventure to Easter ...
... landing into Rio. I'm not a nervous flyer and it usually takes a serious amount of turbulence to rattle me but I was very scared. Rio has two main airports and we were flying into the centrally located domestic one called Santos Dumont. I didn't realise that the airport is situated right next to the sea. When we were descending into Rio we circled over the water and suddenly took a very sharp downwards turn. The wing was getting closer and closer to the water and ...