Rio! Un abrazo!

by ruthsmason

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Rio de Janeiro is hugged by the mountains all around it.  And what a city!  It is so green, the topography takes your breath away and although ‘un abrazo’, Spanish for ‘a hug’, will probably not be understood as Portuguese rules in Brazil, you still feel embraced.

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And could a city with a rock called Sugar Loaf be anything but sweet?   Our first day was a national holiday and the streets were crowded with cars full of people headed to the beaches.   We had been warned about crowded beaches [theft and muggings happen; Rio is not totally sweet] so we headed for the ‘jardim botanico’.image Just look at these mango trees! A grove of calm and birdsong and other families wandering in the green. Here’s a path lined with giant mangoes. image We spent most of the day in the garden with a light lunch at Biciclet, a cafe with wonderful organic food. Views from the garden included this one of Corcovado–the stone with Christ the Redeemer on top.image It was a great day of watching Brazilian families, enjoying trees only Brazil can offer, and getting a feel for a corner of Rio. image