I suggested by hybby Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro for our first visit to the City. I wanted to see firsthand the recent renovations this Orient Express landmark went through under the responsibility of French Architect Michel-Jouannet. After purchasing our plane tickets three weeks in advance (transaction done in Portuguese) it turned out we didn’t really buy any tickets so we had to drive 6 hours to get to Rio. We thought it was going to be a pain but the drive was actually pretty beautiful and it ended up being faster than I thought. There are still some renovations going on in some areas of the Hotel but, the main areas are finished. The lobby was expanded, including the steps and this sitting area below was added. Everything looks as it’s been there forever. We had a great time and can’t wait to go back to Rio.
One of my favorite experiences was when we went to visit Corcovado to see the big Jesus, as my son calls him. The experience is pretty impressive and special.
We drove all along the beach coast and my favorite beach was a very quiet beach, yes you read that right, named Sao Conrado along Av. Neimeyer. This picture above was taken there.