Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec. 1983

My daughter, Claire, my son, Alan and I spent a week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after img404Christmas, 1983. Getting settled in our hotel, we encountered a img374huge cecropia moth in our room, much to Claire’s consternation!  We’re in the tropics, now!

One of the first things we did was to take a cable car up img382Páo de Acücar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) to view the city. From there we could get a really good view of Copacabaña Beach.

img394I continued on, visiting some museums, like the Museuimg395 de Arte Moderna and other parts of the Historic district, while Claire and Alan worked on their tans on Ipanema Beach. One of the img458landmarks is the Igreja de Candelaria, an historic img414img413church.






One night we attended a rock concert by a performer, unknown to us, but img515very enjoyable just the same.








We hung out near Ipanema Beach a lot, enjoying lunches nearby.  Across from the img405beach 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 img516taverna and onto Ipanema Beach.

New Year’s Eve started with a lovely dinner at a nice restaurant, followed by a sojourn, img425following 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 img431areas in the sand holding lit candles.









Most of the people were wearing white img430in accordance with the Bahia img435religion, celebrating the New Year. There was music, much dancing, and ever present candles in the sand.

















We took img434off our shoes and carried img428them for the walk in the sand, noting vendors selling corn, sugar cane juice and img437other refreshments. What energy, excitement and fun!img424








New Year’s Day we took the cable car all the

img440way to the top of Corcovado Mountain where Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) img441spreads his arms over Rio.






Then we spent some time visiting the historic district, and img518cooling off with a nice glass of fresh orange img519img462juice.











Claire and Alan did spend quite a bit img466of time on Ipanema Beach, working on those tans. They were img486determined to go home with color to make their friends envious. They even hung out there on img491cloudy days!














img503On our last day, we took a horse and buggy img500tour along the water to view the port, the Ponte Niteroi, and the comings and goings of the img524people who live there. img512












Then we jetted home, while those tans were still showing!

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