WALK ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL...
WALK ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES!. Go to Ipanema or Leblon beach on Sundays!. The street gets closed for cars and it becomes kind of Venice beach. you can skate, ride your bike or just look at the gorgeus bodies all around!!. It´s fun!.
You also must visit the Corcovado Christ by the little train!. Amazing views at sunset! THE KINDEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET!. Always willing to help!. They love to talk and find out where you are from and wether you like Rio or not!!. Really nice people!
THE GLORIOUS PAST
Remember that Rio is not only a beach destination or just a tropical place in South America, first Rio is not a tropical region, the region here is what they call "tempered", but enough heat for you to remember that you are in the south of our Americas...ANYWAY, this is not to discuss geography but to remind you that Rio is one of the oldest cities in South America and it was colonized by the Portuguese, and in the very beggining of our History religious missionaries came and start constructing churches, conventries and monasteries...and of of them called SAO BENTO is one of the jewels of portuguese architecture and colonial baroc that was made out of Europe, this church in its interior is all covered by cold and noble wood and it was built in 1576..long long time a go!!!
A visit to the MOSTEIRO DE SÃO BENTO is reaaaaaaaaally worth. I went there in one of my trips to Rio, Rafael, of course, wanmted me to elarn much more about Rio, and the best way to elarn history is being in places where history happened. To get there you should go to the city centre, very close to the CRUISE LINE PIER called Praça Mauá, right where the famous Rio Branco Avenue starts.
The full address is Rua Dom Gerardo, 68 - Centro
Camaroes(Shrimp), Agua de coco, SKOL!
When lying on the beach, make sure to take advantage of the yummy things to eat. While your valuables should be closely guarded back at the hotel & you're lying with your eyes closed... you'll hear the call... sanduice natural(tuna sandwich)...camaroes(grilled shrimp).... batata frita(potato chips) among other things. MAKE SURE to stop the man selling shrimp grilled on a stick. Dont bother with the tiny ones. Ask him how much the big ones are. Negotiate a price and he'll give you a squeeze of lime for them. You can eat the shells if you like or peel them (tedious on the shore). Follow a few skewers with an agua de coco (coconut water served in the nut) bem gelado (well chilled) and later, a SKOL, estupidamente gelado (stupidly cold). Once you've had these, the rest of the menu is up to you... you're a true carioca after this.
Rio is the land of almost perennial tropical dress. Its beach weather lasts a good six months of the year and seems to affect the entire city’s dress code. In the seaside neighborhoods of Ipanema, Copacabana, Leblon and Barra da Tijuca, bathing-suit-and-sandal-clad beach goers mix freely with casually dressed shop clerks. A suit is still the norm for Rio’s downtown business district, but not much of anywhere else. Casual dress is acceptable in most restaurants—even bathing suits are acceptable in the outdoor cafes along the beach.
JUNE IS COMING
It will be Festas Juninas time!;) for centuries and centuries it si all the same, people get together to perform typical dances form France and Portugal, thanks to the french influence in the north of teh country, at St. John's Day we celebrate alot with music, dance and parties all over!;)
Here you can see myself not in a good picture and our french friend Marie, she is my great cousin Ronaldo's wife, and they live in Paris.