Rio! Otro Abrazo

by ruthsmason

image Waves2You was so happy to see all these waves in the mosaic sidewalks that cover almost all of Rio’s main streets. Like a hug for your feet. But, the best was spending day two in Rio with Marcio, a Gustavus grad we have known for 30 years! He talked us through the city–story after story mixed with history and sights, sounds and the sun. He clearly loves his home town and being with him, we did too.image From Sugar Loaf to the dramatic Municipal Theatre and the gold-gilded church of San Francisco we navigated the busy streets and the heat. The theatre was recently renovated and the lobby outshone the rest with onyx, marble, stained glass, flair, grandeur and a mix of Old and New World tastes.image
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With Marcio with visited Copacabana beach, imagethe national library, the lovely Confeitaria Colombo with its Belgian mirrors from ceiling to floor and its old style waiters. We ate several small bites of chicken in pastry, spinach in pastry, fish croquette; stylish and delicious treats.imageAnother treat on the streets of Rio is the Brazilian “churrao”. This vendor knew us when we lined up for the second time in one day!image Sitting in traffic is a reality in Rio but with Marcio it hardly mattered. We enjoyed a long, leisurely day with an old friend. What better? It was another hug from Rio.image