Well, I didn’t post yesterday and had a post almost prepared for today and Word 2007 just ate it…. This is the first time I have had the program completely corrupt a file so bad it can’t even restore it from the auto backup. Anyway, rather than not post today I am going to give you a few photos and a very brief report.
When we came into port yesterday morning is was terribly foggy. There was so little visibility that Rio Port closed the port to traffic. We were delayed about an hour outside the harbor. We were very disappointed to miss the beautiful sail in, but you can’t control the weather. Yesterday and today have both been hazy, very little rain. Our guide today, who was great, said it had been crystal clear for two weeks until yesterday. Such is life.
We only went to town to visit H. Stern Jewelry workshop and showroom. Today we had a full day private van which I chartered over the internet before leaving home. It was a great move. Our guide Jose was very capable and truly showed us the entire town in one day, not an easy feat. Perhaps later I will be able to provide some details and commentary, but for now here are a few photos.
Fog sailing in
Gems at H. Stern
Shot at night from the ship. These buildings are at the port
Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer)
Janet, Carl, Kay and me with a few unknown friends. We don’t know where Sandra & David were.
The whole group with The Christ in the background
A partial view of the city from Corcovado
Taken from the ship with telephoto lens. About 3 miles away.
Along the highway
Ipanema Beach, I believe
A view from Sugarloaf Mountain
Trolley Car in Saint Teresa neighborhood
Inside one of the cathedrals
Stairway of tiles
I apologize for not having a commentary tonight, but that’s just the way it is…. One thing I will say, Rio is an incredible city! It’s beautiful. Mountains right to the beaches, forests and game preserves and all this is actually IN THE CITY. The place is huge. From the top of Sugarloaf and Corcovado, there is nothing but city in every direction, interspersed with great expanses of forest and mountains. It is truly a beautiful city.
Hopefully tomorrow after our 4×4 trip in Paraty I will have a better report for you.