Rio de Janeiro in pictures

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Rio in pictures ..

Europeans first encountered Guanabara Bay the location of Rio De Janeiro on January 1, 1502 hence the name ‘River of January’

‘Christ the Redeemer’ the iconic symbol of Rio located on the mountain top of the Corcovado Mountain. It is 40m tall and is considered the world’s largest statue as well as the largest art deco statue. It is listed as one of  the New Wonders of the World. The original reason to build the Redeemer in 1921 was apparently to mark the centenary of Brazil’s independence.

Our first view of the Redeemer ..

The views from the top ..

Our host in Rio, Niamh a good friend of mine who moved there in July and she was our perfect host always keeping us entertained.

Nights out in Rio ..

The arrival of our good friends Derek and Hannah who will be joining us for the next few weeks and months respectively

The many shades of Rio . .

The Favelas ..

Copacabana and Ipanema Beach ..

Hannah and Martin soaking up the rays and the sights and sounds

Is that Martin in his Newcastle speedos?

Some colourful characters on the beach ..

Rio Centro walking tour ..

Confeitaria Colombo opened in 1894 and is the oldest café in Rio with Art Noveau interiors. In the early 20th century it used to be frequented by writers, artists and thinkers.

"The Girl from Ipanema"" ("Garota de Ipanema") is a well known bossa nova song, a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s. It was written in 1962, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. The song was inspired by Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto, a fifteen-year-old girl living in Montenegro Street of the fashionable district of Ipanema. Daily, she would stroll past the popular Veloso bar-café on her way to the beach, attracting the attention of regulars Jobim and Moraes. Since the song became popular, she has become a celebrity. The cafe still exists today.

Well known Serbian footballer Dejan Petkovic now playing in Brasil who we met in his restaurant.

Before and after bike assembly ..

Farewell dinner with Carolina and Tiago … until we meet again in Buenos Aires for Christmas

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