Rio de Janeiro : the first day of power tourism

Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro
We have quickly found that changing frequent flyer tickets is impossible.  As a result we were forced to do a little "power tourism" during our two days Rio de Janeiro before we flew to Lisbon.  Naturally, the first place on our list to see was one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemor.  This statue on a mountain overlooking the city stands 112 feet tall.  The 360 degree view is unbelievable.  We went at sunset for the full effect.View of Rio de Janeiro from Christ the Redeemer Christ the Redeemer This is something not to be missed, but be prepared to get elbowed and pushed around a bit from busloads of other tourists.  All of which are trying to somehow get a photo of the statue without anyone else in the shot… that would probably be the Eighth Wonder of the world if it was possible.  It's really funny how some people actually get offended that there are other tourists around, I guess they've somehow transcended tourism status to VIP for photo privileges.Body boarder CopacobanaBeach Football Copacobana Paddle Ball Another famous spot we checked out the first day was Copacabana.  Go ahead and sing the Barry Manilow song, we did… shamefully.  Actually, we have no idea if his song is about this beach or a airport lounge.  As you can imagine, this famous beach draws thousands of people.  There are many activities to be had, volley ball, football (soccer), roasting in the sun, surfing, body boarding and a place to get a cocktail every 20 yards.  Another sport we found particularly entertaining was paddle ball.  There are lines of people smacking the ball as hard as possible at each other back and forth.  We're not sure what the strategy is if any, but it was obviously a serious activity.  It also seems that the smaller the swim attire the better, must be a freedom of movement thing… Copacobana

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4 Responses to Rio de Janeiro : the first day of power tourism

  1. Gillian says:

    Your upward shot of Christ the Redeemer is one of the best I’ve ever seen!!

  2. Wow, thank you so much for the compliment Gillian. Your trip starts in 17 days, so exciting! We are having the time of our lives, We know you will too. Stay in touch.

  3. Pops says:

    wooooo (just like chris walkin0 i love that song…her name was lola——-you guys rock. in gj under the car. pops

  4. Mack says:

    Wow nice pics and article. Rio De Janeiro is the state capital of brazil. You can find beautiful churches and museums in the city. Don’t miss the Municipal Theatre, National Library and Passeio Publico ? centuries old fine garden.The Parque Enrique Lage is a must visit,it is a public park having the statuette of the famous Cristo Renentor. For more details refer https:///