An early start today to take the 140 year old train up Corcovado (the hunchback hill) in Rio to see Christ the Redeemer statue and avoid the worst of the crowds. Here’s my art shot of the train!
I caught a tiny peek at the station out of the window but it’s amazing how quickly the weather can change in 25 minutes. Stage one of the journey was fab.
But here’s how it had changed at the top by the time I got up there 😦
And then 20 minutes later 🙂
It never became clear enough to see Sugar Loaf Mountain but I was grateful for the sun we saw.
Rio is all about beaches so I followed up being way above sea level to heading back down to it to check out the famous beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana (and now I can’t get either of those two flipping songs out of my mind!).
Ipanema below including the bar where that song was written about 50 years ago (btw the girl from Ipanema is still alive and well)
And at the Copacabana it was great to see the wave boardwalk and the Copacabana Palace Hotel – definitely fancy staying there if I visit here again.
En-route back to the ship I paid a quick visit to the closest church attached to a monastery and also the Museum of Tomorrow – built for the Olympics and a lovely building as well as having very cool exhibits.
Finally, I loved loved loved 💗 the brilliant massive street art mural right by the dock by the artist Kobra. Apparently the largest single piece of street art in the world – each face represents a different continent.