Rio De Janeiro Day 15, Saturday, February 14, 2009

      I received a beautiful pair of gold sand dollar earrings from Ray for Valentine’s Day.  We had an early departure today for our city tour arranged by Ed & Mei with Martha.  It was raining when we left the ship, but cleared up later.  Our day was wonderful.  We drove through Aterro Do Flamengo Park surrounding Guanabara Bay on our way to Sugar Loaf Hill.   We took 2 cable cars to the top.  We got a glimpse of Christ the Redeemer through the clouds.

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     We saw the Samba’s Stage or Sambodromo where Rio’s Carnival Parade takes place.  We got to try on some heavy Carnival hats.

 

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     We then saw the Modern Cathedral in which the stained glass windows can only be viewed from the inside.  We drove through the Colonial part of Rio with a stop at the Imperial Palace and then to Largo dos Guimaraes, an artist’s area complete with a castle.  We then went to Corcovado Hill to see the Christ the Redeemer.  Just after Ray and I climbed up the stairs to the base, the clouds parted and we got a great view of the statue.

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    We then headed towards Copacabana beach and on the way our guide spotted a local Carnival.  She told us to hop out of the van quickly and follow her and not to get into the crowd or we would get lost.  The sound of everyone moving as one was so loud!  We were the only group to get to see Carnival!

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This is Copacbana beach.  It was empty because of the weather.

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     We got back to the ship just at 5:30 and we were to sail at 6.  We were eating dinner and then realized that we were not moving!  A tour bus was late and a bus with most of the casino crew broke down.  We sailed a couple of hours late.  The show tonight was variety of Tommy Bond, Daniel Bouchet, and Rick Starr.

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