Island to check it out and we decide that is a great option for tomorrows adventure and put Carmen on our radar for today.
A quick bus ride and we find ourselves in the Flamengo neighborhood where the museum is located. We walk around to see more of the amazing architecture and history abound. We soon find the Carmen Miranda Museum and enter to find some of her costumes and the story of her life. Carmen was an internationally known samba singer/dancer who was born in Brazil. With accolades on Broadway and Hollywood, she is well known for the hats she wore and these elaborate costumes. An interesting tid bit from what I read, is that her work experience was in a hat shop in Rio. I found it interesting that she spent most of her career in the United States and the Brazilian public criticized her for being Americanized. I will leave the rest of her story on the walls of the museum for your reading when you visit the museum yourself. On the other end of the museum there was a television playing some of her shows. We decided to sit for a while and enjoy the entertainment. We kept saying we would leave after this one but the next clip was worth staying for and needless to say we stayed a little while.
deco buildings. We have spent sometime exploring this neighborhood but with over 300 acres of parks
We continued on our journey and came across another large Catholic Church we had seen several times from the bus and decide to take a peek inside. Currently being refurbished, it was interesting to spend a moment watching the ladies brush the delicate details of the church. I think to myself, I wonder just how many ornate Catholic Churches there must be in Rio. You could probably spend a whole week just touring them all if that is what interested you.
After freshening up at the room – we headed towards Princess Isabela Avenida and had dinner on our mind. Along the beach past the Avenida into the Leme neighborhood. The restaurant "La Fiorentina" is well known as a celebrity hot spot (though we won't be seeing any this evening). There are signatures on the walls as well as photos to prove they have ate there. We get a seat by the window and enjoy some