Well we have just two hours left in Rio, but it has been a great adventure these past two months. We took that very long bus ride (14 hours) to a 2-1/2 hour bus ride to a 2 hour boat ride to get to our island paradise, Ilha Grande. Ironically, it rained the two days we were there, but that did not stop us from hiking for hours both days. The rest of the time was spent eating and consuming alcohol. It was very relaxing, but it was great to finally make it to Rio de Janeiro.
The first day we did not get here until the late afternoon, so that gave us time to eat and enjoy the festivities on a Saturday night on the beach in Copacabana. I remember a song by Barry about a woman named Lola, but I am not sure it is this location.
Then we walked down the street to, yes, Ipanema, and looked for that walking girl who they now say is a Grandmother.
The next day we walked to an open market which has all types of handicrafts and spent some cash. It was kind of a lazy day since it was raining, but that did not stop us from going out to dinner and then to a Samba show. Fabulous costumes, just like Carnaval!! Very festive.
The next morning we hired a driver to take us to all the great locations in Rio from Sugar Loaf to Corcovado. We also spent some time at the location where they compete for points during the carnaval parade and saw the largest stadium (200,000 folks) in the world.
So we have finished our final meal with our group and will soon be off to the airport for our two day trip home. We will have some photos from the underwater stuff that we will probably send out when we are home. We are off again to Spain on October 28th. So until then, take care!!! We have had a great time with this group and want to thank everyone for making the trip so enjoyable!
Kathy and Melissa