Day 7 (evening)Temperature: 25Weather: Nice warm breeze, full moon
===============================Brazil Tour: Day 3 Rio de Janeiro
After having walked for a good half an hour on the cobblestone walkway along the beach, it was 5:00pm by the time we arrived at the front of the "Fort Copacabana", a military base at the south end of Copacabana beach and at the start of Ipanema beach. The base which was opened to the public, contained the “Museu Historico do Exercito” (Museum of the History of the Army) and a coastal defense fort.
The fort's construction was completed in 1914 and from what I later learned, was the centre point of a revolt in 1922 in which the rebellious soldiers turned the fort’s guns on Rio de Janeiro to be in return bombarded by two battleships. The fort was hit twice before surrendering half an hour later. In 1987, the fort’s coastal defense artillery post was disbanded. Interesting facts! Brazilian soldiers were on site guarding and supervising the fort.
Admission was only R$4 ($2.50 CDN) per adult and it had several exhibits focusing on different periods and events in the history of the army in Brazil. Plus guess what! For the 2016 Summer Olympics the fort is scheduled to host the marathon swimming and triathlon events. Imagine…. and here I was standing exactly here today in person! Wow! I definitely could see why….the location is FANTASTIC!
Michel and I wandered around the grounds. The view of the ocean, of the waves crashing on the rocks, of the Sugarloaf Mountain and of the statue of Christ in the far distance, of Copacabana beach plus everything else that surrounded us, everything was totally breathtaking.
A restaurant was on site in which we took the time and leisure to order a nice dinner and ate on the exterior patio deck and this right next to the ocean with a view to die for! It was quite enjoyable and relaxing under this beautiful nice weather. Definitely a hard life that I can get used to! Cheers!
Looking up, way up into the sky, the moon was almost full… making me quite happy as I thought about one of my next adventures in Iguazu Falls….done only under a full moon which meant only four times a month. Bingo! I’ll definitely be there for the full moon walk over the falls!
We stayed at the fort until darkness came to be able to enjoy the wonderful views of Copacabana Beach with all of the hotels lights on at night. No complaints here!
It was 8:00pm when we left the fort’s premises and started walking back in the direction of our hotel. The walkway was quite crowded with tourists and locals out at night plus lots of activities were going on along the beach such as volleyball games, football tossing…. the entire area was vibrant and alive. I felt totally safe walking on Copacabana famous cobblestone walkway surrounded by tons of tourists but my camera was well hidden in my bag which Michel carried.
A stop was made at a flea market situated along the beach where several shops sold souvenirs plus many other interesting things. We took our time and enjoyed every minute of our last evening out in Rio de Janeiro! What a lovely vibrant and captivating city I said to myself while thinking that it was too bad it had such a bad reputation as being a sin city, a city full of pick pockets and who knows what else! I was happy that the hotel we were staying at was situated along the beach because in a way, looking in the direction of the Favelas close by, it felt like...... if ever you were to wander more inland at night, well….beware! The werewolves were out!
Having said this, I still love Rio and would definitely go back in a jiffy if the occasion ever presented itself! And why not! Rio has it all - sun, sea, sand, mountains, lakes and even a gigantic Jesus overlooking it all!
Tomorrow, a new destination, a new adventure!