Santa Theresa and MAM

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The tram up to Santa Theresa.
Last day of sightseeing today.  Lovely and sunny again, so nice for walking around.  Took the metro to Carioca and walked over to the tram terminus for a ride up to Santa Theresa, an historic area of Rio.  The tram rattles over the old aquaduct, feels quite odd sitting so high up but scooting along at high speed - the driver was a bit of a dare-devil.  Walked back down the hill, looking in the artisan shops as we went, until we reached the Ruins Park.  Within the grounds is an old mansion which is now in ruins, but has been reinforced with big pillars to become a lookout - if you climb to the top (quite easy, with proper stairs) you get a 360 degree view of Rio de Janeiro, so very impressive.  Next door is the Musu da Chacara do Cey, which was the house of industrialist Raymundo Ottonide Cstra Maya, also an avid art collector.
Sugar Loaf from Santa Theresa.
  The house has retained some rooms with the original furniture, but is also a showcase of not only Brazilian, but international art , mostly from the early 1900s.  At one point, the musuem had a Monet, PIcasso, Dali, Matisse and a couple of other high-profile pieces, but they were stolen in 2006.  From here we walked back down the rest of the hill and across to the Museum of Modern Art (house in a building VERY similar to the one in Sao Paulo).  The museum was OK, but nothing very exciting on display.  Had lunch in the cafe here, then back home to organize for ourhotel move tomorrow - Day 1 of our last trip.
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The tram up to Santa Theresa.
The tram up to Santa Theresa.
Sugar Loaf from Santa Theresa.
Sugar Loaf from Santa Theresa.
The Museum of Modern Art (very rem…
The Museum of Modern Art (very re…