Thursday, June 09, 2005

Rio Holiday Sightseeing

Thursday May 27 was a holiday in Brazil (Corpus Christi), so we took the afternoon to visit one of the few tourist attractions / recreational areas in Rio that I have never been to. Pista Claudio Coutinho is a trail that winds around the base of Urca and Sugarloaf, climbing just above the rocky shoreline and just below the forest and massive stone walls that stretch high above.

The view of the bay and open sea is spectacular, and you get a privileged view of Sugarloaf (pão de Açucar) from below. Since we were saddled with a stroller, we had to stay on the main path, but there are supposedly more challenging trails that offer more rewarding views.

This walk was a great way to work off a delicious lunch at Outback Steakhouse (which is a very tradicional Brazilian restaurant :-). All in all, an enjoyable afternoon that made up for not going to Saquarema or anywhere over the holiday.

The pictures can be seen in the gallery, here .

Inspired by this success, on the following Sunday we went to São Conrado and walked along the beach. This is where the hang-gliders and paragliders land after a breathtaking leap from Pedra Bonita high above, in Tijuca Forest. Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera! But the kids really enjoyed it ... and the parents enjoyed getting the kids out of the house as well!

Lunch was good too, at another "traditional" Brazilian restaurant: Joe & Leo's Classic Hamburgers!


At June 09, 2005 12:05 PM, Jim said...

By the way, just so you know, you can post comments! Come on, guys!

At June 13, 2005 8:51 PM, Anonymous said...

Haven´t read yet. But already enjoyed.
Wish I was part of Gramlingville.

At June 13, 2005 8:52 PM, Ancollula said...

Haven´t read yet. But already enjoyed.
Wish I was part of Gramlingville.

At June 14, 2005 9:07 AM, Jim said...

Hmmm ... sounds like "Uncle Lula" to me.

Nice try; you already are part of Gramlingville, although you have been rather absent of late!

Or maybe we have ???


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