Yes peeps, that's where I've been.
I went for work - to visit our team there (sigh...I love my job) - and I took some time last weekend to have a wander around and explore a little. I had planned to post in situ but the wifi wasn't great for photo uploading and having only arrived back yesterday evening, I've only just managed to do the necessary chores and sort my photos so this post is a 'best bits in pics' and I will follow it up with a little more detail on a couple of specific things in posts to come. So here we go...
On Saturday morning, I got on one of these...
...to see what the man on the mountain...
|Christ the Redeemer - or Cristo Redentor in the local lingo - sits atop Corcovado (the hunchback)|
|The view from the top. That's Ipanema on the other side of the lagoon, where my weekend digs - the Ipanema Inn - were located.|
|The largo do boticario, an oasis of colour off the main road in Cosmo Velho|
|View of Copacabana beach from the Arpoador Fort|
...before hitting the back streets to find a little musical history...
|Previously Bar Veloso, the bar Garota de Ipanema at 49 Vinicius de Moraes, is where Moraes and Tom Jobim were inspired by the 17-year-old Helo Pinheiro, the original Girl from Ipanema, to pen one of the world's most ubiquitous tunes.|
Heading back towards the beach, I walked out onto Porto do Arpoador...
...and then back to the hotel for a short rest before setting off for the Botanic Gardens.
I passed a pleasant couple of hours here before heading back towards the hotel, my path taking me around the lagoon.
And then it was time to enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the lights of Ipanema before packing my suitcase to move to my 'work hotel' in Barra de Tijuca on Monday...
|View from my room on the 10th floor of the Sheraton Barra (pronounced Ba-ha)|
...before taking this photo from the plane.
|That's Ipanema beach on the left and Copacabana beach on the right.|
If that doesn't do it, nothing will!