OK – on to our day. Like I stated earlier we slept in and the morning light as we are meeting a friend Jim for lunch in Copacabana. Margarete enjoys her breakfast in bed and I check emails, facebook, and the internet to see what is happening in the world.
Once we are ready we head off to begin our walk to Ipanema. We arrive at the Chopp restaurant a little early and so walk around the neighborhood. There is a famous fair on Sunday mornings so we do a quick walk through. All the typical wares of a Brazilian street fair. After the fair we head to take trip to the beach again as that just seems the thing to do. I realize the four lanes of traffic are closed (like they were in Copacabana this earlier) to allow foot traffic the extra space for the crowded Sunday. The beach is filling up with beautiful people (and no so beautiful ones as well). Surfers are trying to catch the almighty wave and the summer sporting activities have begun.
We head back to the restaurant and enjoy a nice lunch with Jim. I have a traditional meal of Feijoada served with oranges and sugar cane rum. This dish originated in the poor and slave communities as originally it was made with left over meat parts. Today it is a treat to the Brazilian culture and me.
We decide to go see where he is staying and check out his neighborhood so we head towards the “Metro Rio” for the first time. The “Metro Rio” was started in 1979 and today transports millions through out the city.
We have stayed away from the metro as it is underground and you don’t see any sights while going from point A to point B, but we will give it a try today. We walk to the General Osario Station and arrive at a 23 story tower that rises above. It connects the city below with the Cantagalo and Pavao/Pavaozinho favelas above. The elevators to the top are free and there is a viewing tower at the top. There is some hesitancy to check it out but after the security guard tells us we are safer at the observation deck then we are standing there talking to him. We proceed up the elevator. The view of Ipanema is spectacular and I wonder what the views from the homes in the favela’s must be like. In the United States this would be what people would want and start purchasing the land to build their high dollar homes (for the view). We take the opportunity to snap photos all around and head back down to the Metro.
We arrive in Jim’s neighborhood and see his apartment. Larger then the apartments I have seen yet in Brazil and very similar to the U.S. His neighbor treats us to more architectural delights as we walk around a while.
After this long walk we decide to go down and relax and have a cup of coffee. There was Starbucks (imagine that!) on the 2nd floor so we head there and soon find ourselves enjoying a cup of Joe a snack. After our stop for coffee we walk back to the “Metro Rio” – us going in one direction and Jim heading the other. The day is ending so we head to the beach for a stroll and to show Margarete the fisherman and walkway we had found the previous night with out her. It is a nice walk and wonderful ending to another great day in Rio (sure hope tomorrow there is sun! Views are on the agenda! )(Read Rio de Janiero - Day 6)