Next up, Copacabana beach! I was impressed even coming from a land with nice beaches. This beach was extremely long and extremely wide. The sand was fine and white. It was like taking a very good Malaysian beach and multiplying it many times for the size. Then there was a broad curving pavement all the way along beach, and many stalls lining the way. Or you could just sit on the beach and vendors will come with drinks, souvenirs etc. Many stalls had live music (my teammates had a meal at one and they all had a BRL5 charge added to each one's receipt!). Brazilians know how to enjoy life!
Sand stretches far, far from the sea to the other end
Clean water, waves a bit high but ok
The iconic black-white curving pavement
(reminded me of hubby who would buy corn everywhere!)
These are alcoholic drinks called caipirinhas
I had to skip Ipanema beach for my 5pm appointment at Christ the Redeemer (the others had gone there the previous week). Tickets were BRL75 (about RM94) which included the train ride up. Turned out to be an anti-climax. The mist was so thick that visibility was near zero! I hung around and finally the mist cleared for oh, 10 seconds.
My best shot
I had a tummy-ache and came out of the toilet to find that the last train was there. Phew... can't imagine what'd have happened if I had missed that!!
It was time to go. Back to the hotel, later to the airport and back HOME.
I didn't have time for souvenir-hunting (stalls were just setting up at Copacabana beach), Ipanema beach or Sugarloaf Mountain. But I am fine with that... maybe will visit again one day, maybe not.