Day: 6 (late afternoon)Temperature: 31 felt like 40Weather: bright sun, blue cloudless sky
--------------------------------------------------------------Brazil Tour Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro
The rest of the afternoon was spent being driven along the famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro then proceeding along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park before going downtown. The ride was quite enjoyable as the weather was fantastic and the sky sparkling blue. One thing about Rio is that no matter where you were, you were always surrounded by beautiful mountains and peaks, lagoons and ocean. Quite incredible!
A stop was made in the center of the city where Michel and I both got out of the car and visited by ourselves the interior of the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral or the Saint Sebastian Cathedral as they also called it while Tia waited in the car.
The church's exterior had quite an odd shape resembling a pyramid. It was built between 1964 and 1979 and replaced a series of old churches that had served as cathedrals since 1676. Its entire height was 75 meters (246ft) and apparently could accommodate thousands of people.
Proceeding inside, the four rectangular stained glass windows that soared 64 meters (210 ft) from floor to ceiling were quite impressive. The ceiling had glass windows in the shape of a cross.
Back in the car, we continued on visiting the downtown area of Rio passing by the financial and business centers and by other attractions such as the City Palace, the Candelaria Church, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and by the Sambadrome being the site of Rio’s famous Carnival parade.
The architecture of the old buildings was quite stunning especially being built right next to the modern high rise buildings. They provided quite a contrast, the old and the new.
We then headed for a late lunch at an Italian Restaurant which was included in the tour. A variety of bar salads was available as well as a menu a la carte. Wine was served in which Michel and I toasted to our trip while both eating a delicious Italian dish. It was a nice way of ending our day with Tia our tour guide.
Thanking her for her services we then walked the ten minute short distance to our oceanfront hotel. By then, it was exactly 4:00pm, 8 hours later.