We have now been in Rio for 3 days and we are loving it! We have just moved to our second accommodation Villa Leonor and we will be here for the next 5 nights taking us up until Tuesday.
Day 1 – On day 1 we hit up Copacabana beach as I’m sure you can all see from the pictures on flickr! We spent most of the day there, and it was absolutely amazing! With temperatures of around 30 degrees C, I was certainly feeling the heat. My poor white Scottish skin couldn’t handle the Brazilian supersun and my feet got a wee bit burnt. Still, with the surf battering away at the pristine sand on the 2 mile long beach and us in full on holiday mode, a little bit of sunburn couldn’t detract from the amazing first day we had in Rio.
Day 2 -We kicked of the day with an amazing breakfast at one of the little cafes we had noticed the night before and we then headed to our destination for the day. We had seen a massive white building towards the far end of Copacabana beach and we decided to go check it out, it was Fort Copacabana and on its roof it had the biggest gun I had ever seen. It also had an (what we assume was) interesting museum about its history. Unfortunately we couldn’t understand anything as it was all in Portuguese, but we looked at all the displays and were suitably impressed! I also managed to take a few cheeky snaps of inside the museum (against regulation!) and they will be posted on flickr in the next couple of days. We wandered around the museum before taking cover in the shade of some trees wi a couple of beers and read our kindles for the rest of the afternoon.
We headed out for dinner, and with many Brazilian restaurants offering buffets where you pay by the weight we decided to try that. Whilst by no means the worst meal Eilidh and I have had on our various travels together, it was also not the best. Pretty weird way of serving food if you ask me, but it was jumping with Cariocas so we gave it a shot. After dinner we hit a frozen yoghurt shop for pudding (chocolate chips, strawberries, coconut and passion fruit sauce, amazing) then on to the Boteco (Pub) for our first Brazilian football experience. Flamengo and Horizonte were playing in the semi of the Rio Cup, we had our first Caipirinhas and enjoyed the match amongst the passionate locals.
Day 3 – Today we have moved to Villa Leonor as I mentioned above, it is in the artist district of Santa Teresa. Once we had got in and settled we went out for a lovely lunch at one of the local restaurants, we are now just about to head out and find somewhere for dinner, no rest for the wicked! 😀