Today, we headed out to get some shots of some areas around Flamengo and Botafogo, as from the car rides, we’ve seen some really pretty architecture that we wanted to revisit. We started at Copacabana and headed for the subway station. As we were boarding our train, a girl next to us started a conversation and it turns out she had just been living in Australia for 6 years, and just moved back to Rio 5 days ago! She was really interesting and happy to be back in here home country.
We stopped at Botafogo, and headed for a few sites that were listed on a map I was carrying, we ended up at the PalÃ¡cio Guanabara, where apparently there was a protest. We took some pictures and headed to our next stop on the map, but the street we were following seemed to disappear and change names–so we stopped and asked a woman, Christiana, if she could point out on the map where we were. Instead, she offered to take us with her to the Botafogo Praia Shopping Mall, which we were happy about, as we were hungry for lunch. Along the way, she enjoyed practicing her English, and we talked a little bit about where we had been, where we were going, and what we thought of Rio.
We bid farewell to our new friend at the entrance of the mall, and we headed straight for the Eateries on the 8F. There, we sat outside and overlooked the Botafogo Beach and PÃ£o do AÃ§ucar–too bad there’s haze, because there would be some great shots!
For lunch, I had a great chicken, curry carrot, and rosemary jelly sandwich with potato salad. It was so good! We then got dessert at a creperie and shopped a little. We went to take some photos of some earlier sites, and then headed down to see the Museu dos Teatros, but ended up at the CemitÃ©rio SÃ£o JoÃ£o Batista–here we got some excellent shots of Cemetary crosses with the Favela backdrop–quite impressive.
As it was approaching 4:00pm, we decided to head back to get a shower and call Melissa and Jackie for dinner–we will head over to Leblon for dinner with the girls tonight. Chao!