After properly introducing the husband’s parents to a weekend of the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo, we awoke bright and early Monday morning for a roadtrip to Rio. Arriving midday, we put on our walking shoes to explore the city by foot and enjoy the topnotch weather. Within the first few hours we had explored two of the most well-known beaches, Ipanema & Copacabana. Not surprisingly, Rio left a far superior impression on the in-laws…
This also marked the husbands first official to Rio as a TOURIST… after a multitude of visits for work, he finally grabbed a roadie and stepped foot on the beach. Long.Time.Coming.
Iconic sidewalks, palm trees, beach meets ocean… all around impressive.
We paused to reflect on the enormity and beauty of our surrounding geography at Arpoador Rock. The husband is standing with his mother in the foreground, flanked by Dois Irmãos and the Ipanema beach front.
Dois Irmãos is one of the many granite hills (morros) around which Rio is built. The two overlapping peaks house favelas (slums) that light up the hillside at night. To the left is Vidigal, and on the right is Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio with an estimated 200,000 inhabitants.
Yes, this is the only photo contribution you see from me. High-fiving a statue on Copacabana. Evermore the tourist, I have managed once again to rope in my husband.
Pit stop at one of the many beach-front barracas for drinks and local entertainment…
Brasilian ice teas in Ipanema’s shopping district.
And a brief visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian (the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro). The conical shaped building stands 246 feet tall and can house 20,000 visitors.
A long overdue post, but hugely successful trip! More photos to come… on my current publishing schedule perhaps they’ll be posted by mid-February?!