Friday, June 28, 2013

The long awaited visit to Christ the Redeemer Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

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We have had a real struggle to get to see the highlight of Rio.
This is our second trip into Rio.
Last time it was too overcast.
And last night our bus had problems coming into Rio.
We ran hours late.
We raced to the square and tried to get a public bus.
the lady collecting fares assured us she would inform us where to get off.
But she was so busy chatting, she forgot!
So we jumped in a taxi to get to the train / 'trem'.
But on arriving we were informed we wouldn't get up before dark.
As my good camera got smashed on the rocks of Sana, 
we are down to a damaged waterproof camera with no flash -
-  hoping insurance will cover the other one.
So we gave up and went and had a nice dinner instead.

But today I am determined not to be beaten.
My son has a sleep in and I pack the room up as we head out this afternoon.
We walk to the bus.
there we are told we should get a van.
Half the price of the train (this is because I have a child discount with this van).

We wait and it seems ages til he decides to take off - not happy as we have limited time.

It is an incredibly windy road - we feel we are driving up the tower of Babel!
We get to the car park and see the rear of the statue.
Serious excitement sets in.

We hit the toilets first, then the elevator up.
Then the escalator - and here we are !

We fight the crowds for our photo to be taken.
Camera swapping with tourists.
People shove and push.
My son gets upset.
I try to teach him to wait and give others a turn first.
Then they will give us a turn - 
- but they don't.
He just about has a melt-down.

We take a break and enjoy the view.
We are blessed with the bluest of skies.
The clouds were thick the day before so this is better.

We then get to meet the Secretary of Tourism.
He is interviewing on the issue of the riots and protests effecting tourism.
He is inviting tourists to return to Rio.
So we enjoy our 5 minutes of fame - though few people in Brazil really know us.

Seeing Christ the Redeemer has been one of our "must sees".
My son blogs on all the big things of the world and he will be adding it for sure.
Hmmm - I need to motivate him to blog again now I think about it -
- so it won't be for a while.
You can read his blog at -

Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 
considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world 
and the 2nd largest statue of Jesus in the world.
Height40 m
AddressParque Nacional da Tijuca, Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro Corcovado

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