Laura’s Weekend in Rio Tour…

WE are back from a whirlwind tour of RIO!!! We have been thrilled to have our three children visit us in Brazil. Each at different times so it has been very nice. Everyone coming to Brazil HAS to see Rio and as you know there are certain destinations in that city that are very famous and can not be missed!!

This weekend it was Laura’s turn. And while the weather was calling for RAIN and more RAIN all weekend, and going to a city that is famous for it’s beaches and outdoor sights may not be a good idea, we had to do it!! After all when will she get to Brazil again to see the Christ Statue and be able to lay on Copacabana beach?

There will not be a lot of detail description of the Rio tour…my regular readers, you have seen these places before with our other visitors. But I wanted to share Laura’s visit to Rio so…

Here is a photo tour of our Weekend in Rio!

Heading to Rio very early Saturday morning
Heading to Rio very early Saturday morning
Stopped in the mountain pass for the amazing view
Stopped in the mountain pass for the amazing view
Our first time to see parrots in the wild this close!!
Our first time to see parrots in the wild this close!!

Christ statue off in the distance. Early morning in Rio!
Christ statue off in the distance. Early morning in Rio!
Busy traffic ALWAYS an issue in Rio.
Busy traffic ALWAYS an issue in Rio.

Our first stop…Christ The Redeemer Statue~ Brazil’s MOST famous landmark!

On the Trem ready to go
On the Trem ready to go

Samba band on the Trem
Samba band on the Trem

Our artsy girlie is lovin' all the graffiti in Rio!
Our artsy girlie is lovin’ all the graffiti in Rio!

Copacabana Beach is the most famous beach in Rio and it just happens to be our favorite. We like to get a hotel just a block or so from this beach when we go to Rio. It was nice to have a little beach time before it rained!

Laura on the sidewalk beside Copacabana beach
Laura on the sidewalk beside Copacabana beach

Getting our tan on! Copacabana beach
Getting our tan on! Copacabana beach
Ahhh...this is the life!
Ahhh…this is the life!
Gotta have a fresh coconut water on the beach :)
Gotta have a fresh coconut water on the beach 🙂

David & Laura going for a swim!
David & Laura going for a swim!
Beach vendor showing Laura sarongs
Beach vendor showing Laura sarongs

We were really hoping the rain would hold off for one more stop. Sugar Loaf late in the afternoon so we could see it daytime and then at sunset and at night. However, alot of people had the same idea and by the time we had our tickets purchased the fog and rain clouds rolled in and we got caught in the forecasted rain…oh well, at least she got there and it was a different experience!

Relaxing with Daddy, waiting to see if the fog would lift
Relaxing with Daddy, waiting to see if the fog would lift

Not such a good view at Sugar loaf today :(
Not such a good view at Sugar loaf today 😦

We got rained on!!!
We got rained on!!!

We ended our day Saturday with a nice hot meal at a Geisha- a Japanese restaurant

YUM! warm soup with tofu
YUM! warm soup with tofu

Sunday Morning in Rio…

Waiting to check out of our hotel...watching the tragic Santa Maria night club fire on the news
Waiting to check out of our hotel…watching the tragic Santa Maria night club fire on the news
Going to the Sunday Hippie Market in Ipanema
Going to the Sunday Hippie Market in Ipanema
Laura loves shopping at the market. I wonder who she gets that from?
Laura loves shopping at the market. I wonder who she gets that from?

Getting ready for Carnival
Getting ready for Carnival
beautiful masks and hats
beautiful masks and hats
Maybe I should get a pair of these for China!
Maybe I should get a pair of these for China!

Laura was so inspired to paint after seeing all the interesting art at the Hippie Market
Laura was so inspired to paint after seeing all the interesting art at the Hippie Market
No trip to the Hippie Market is complete without a piece of lime pie...the BEST!
No trip to the Hippie Market is complete without a piece of lime pie…the BEST!

Laura enjoys the beach as much as I do so we wanted to makes sure she saw all the famous Rio beaches. A quick salgado for lunch then Next stop…Ipanema Beach!

Spinach yum!
Spinach yum!
Road closed on Sunday so everyone can be active!!
Road closed on Sunday so everyone can be active!!
Laura on the sidewalk at Ipanema. Each beach has a different sidewalk, very cool!
Laura on the sidewalk at Ipanema. Each beach has a different sidewalk, very cool!

Waves were amazing! Great day for surfing
Waves were amazing! Great day for surfing

Enjoying a delicious Churro :)
Enjoying a delicious Churro 🙂

Since we were close to the subway, we decided to go downtown to Centro and Lapa to see a few things there. It has been quite a few years since Laura has been on a subway

Downtown Centro in front of the Theatre
Downtown Centro in front of the Theatre
very common site in this huge city...so sad
very common site in this huge city…so sad
Aquaduct Arches in Lapa
Aquaduct Arches in Lapa
She's lovin' all the graffiti :)
She’s lovin’ all the graffiti 🙂

We wanted to see Selaron’s stairs after his murder. It is sad that Laura couldn’t have met this famous artist! There was a lot of police security this time…

Laura & I in front of Selaron's home and shop
Laura & I in front of Selaron’s home and shop
We did LOTS of walking this weekend
We did LOTS of walking this weekend
Afternoon Acai break :)
Afternoon Acai break 🙂
Samba groups start young
Samba groups start young

On the way to Barra beach we stopped at a wonderful look off area so Laura could see a great view of Ipanema

Christ Statue
Christ Statue
Great view of Ipanema Beach
Great view of Ipanema Beach
Me and my girlie- LOVE all these special memories we are making
Me and my girlie- LOVE all these special memories we are making
Famous Rocinha Favela- largest in Rio
Famous Rocinha Favela- largest in Rio

Sunday afternoon kite flying
Sunday afternoon kite flying

As we were driving to Barra beach, Laura let out a squeal from the backseat! On the side of the road, beside a canal were three Capybaras…the largest I have seen yet. They are the world’s largest rodent and Laura thinks they look like the Chewie the guinea pig she had as a kid…on steroids!

HUGE Capybaras
HUGE Capybaras
Chewie on steroids!
Chewie on steroids!
So close we could have touched them!
So close we could have touched them!
Black sludge seeping in the water
Black sludge seeping in the water
Laura standing on the sidewalk at Barra beach...the beach with the little fishies
Laura standing on the sidewalk at Barra beach…the beach with the little fishies
Barra beach
Barra beach

And to finish off our Rio weekend, we took Laura out for dinner that we took James and Andrew & Kristina…you guessed it…OUTBACK!!!

RIBS!!!
RIBS!!!

And that was Laura’s weekend in Rio!!

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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