TODAYS HIGHLIGHTS: THE FAMOUS SIGHTS OF RIO…Cinelândia, Lapa, Centro and the Waterfront and all the places down under…
well from the METRO I mean. We took the METRO to get some of these places because it is so much easier than taking the car. The Rio subway is pretty cool and James commented he thinks it is one of the nicest he’s been in, and he’s been in a few.
Cinelândia…The idea of turning the new square, surrounded by buildings of the National Library, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, the Town Hall (Palacio Pedro Ernesto), the former Supreme Court, Monroe Palace and the Municipal Theater in a Brazilian version of Times Square came from businessman Francisco Serrador, a Spanish settled in Brazil and owner of casinos, cinemas, theaters and hotels.
Cinelândia… The name became popular from the 30s. Dozens of theaters, nightclubs, bars and restaurants have settled in the region, making it the benchmark for popular entertainment. It was also the scene of some of the most important political events in Brazil’s history.
Lapa, known as the birthplace of bohemian Rio, is also famous for its architecture, beginning with the Carioca Aqueduct, its primary geographical reference. The aqueduct was built to function as aqueduct in the times of Colonial Brazil and, since 1896, serves as a way for the tram that connects the city center to the Hill of Santa Teresa. Lapa is the party district and a great place to go for great food and music! Selaron’s famous stairs is in this part of the city.
Centro is a district of the Central Region of of Rio de Janeiro. It houses the city’s financial heart. The area is predominantly commercial. It has many historic buildings as well as modern skyscrapers.
We had a lot of fun exploring these areas with James…
After a quick stop for coffee and dessert, we decided to take a different way home, past Barra beach out to Guaratiba beach.
Today was our last day in Rio with James. I know he will miss all the amazing views…especially chasing after a perfect sunset!! Tonight’s sunset was AMAZING!!
* I’ve gotta get to bed because it is so late but I promise to get the previous two days caught up now that we are back in Resende!