My daughter, Claire, my son, Alan and I spent a week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after Christmas, 1983. Getting settled in our hotel, we encountered a huge cecropia moth in our room, much to Claire’s consternation! We’re in the tropics, now!
I continued on, visiting some museums, like the Museu de Arte Moderna and other parts of the Historic district, while Claire and Alan worked on their tans on Ipanema Beach. One of the landmarks is the Igreja de Candelaria, an historic church.
We hung out near Ipanema Beach a lot, enjoying lunches nearby. Across from the beach we did visit the taverna where the song, “The Girl From Ipanema” was written. There really was a girl from Ipanema that Carlos Jobiem watched every day as she strode past this taverna and onto Ipanema Beach.
New Year’s Eve started with a lovely dinner at a nice restaurant, followed by a sojourn, following locals, walking all the way along first Copacabaña Beach (four miles!) and then to Ipanema Beach. This started at midnight and took until 4:00 AM! As we neared the beach, we could see hundreds of scooped out areas in the sand holding lit candles.
New Year’s Day we took the cable car all the
Claire and Alan did spend quite a bit of time on Ipanema Beach, working on those tans. They were determined to go home with color to make their friends envious. They even hung out there on cloudy days!
Then we jetted home, while those tans were still showing!