Monday in Rio

Today we walked all around the city of Rio de Janeiro with a guide and two security guys who wore Ray-Bans and crossed their arms a lot.  Rio is a fascinating mix of old and new, all crowded in between the sea and the mountains.

First stop was a monastery which looked nice and simple on the outside.

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gorgeous iron gates

gorgeous iron gates

But the inside is anything but simple.  Baroque, baby!
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loved this font in a side chapel

loved this font in a side chapel

Many buildings in Rio reflect a French influence.

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There are also lots of modern buildings in Rio.  Sadly, they are not all as pretty as this one.

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Reflected in that building is a modern cathedral where the Pope held mass just last week.  It was amazing.

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one side of the cathedral- all the little squares were open air

The ceiling on the inside was a clear glass cross, with modern stained glass coming down each of the four sides.  It was quite dramatic.

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After a lunch break back at the hotel, we visited a much smaller church at the top of a hill, which afforded this lovely view .

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The church was charming.  I loved all of the tiles, which came from England.

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Afterwards, we wandered around some quaint little streets from colonial times.

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As you can see, it was a full day.  I hope you all had a good start to your week!

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2 responses to “Monday in Rio

  1. Wonderful post and awesome photos. My favorite ones are inside photos of a church.

  2. Sylvia

    Thank you for the great pictures and the details of you tour. I have been to Southern Brazil but have not experienced Rio. When will you back in Austin?

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