Copacabana and Hard Rock

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Elaborate Sand Castle at Copacabana Beach

I had hoped to get up to Petropolis today with Leon, the trainee guide from the Favela Tour, but he ended up being fully booked.  Instead, I spent time at the Copacabana Beach.  I walked with Wendy and Scottie up to to Fort Copacabana along the black and white mosaic sidewalks.  They look like the sidewalks of Lisbon.  Wonder which came first?

On the walk I saw a lot of sand castles and tooks some pictures along the way.  I also bought a couple of sarongs to take back to Texas -- at 7.50 each USD it was a real bargain!  One was like the Brazilian flag.  The other was a big toucan. 

As we were walking along, we saw a group of about sixty guys in black speedos running in formation, doing exercises, and yelling in cadence.

with the "Sand Nudes"
  Turns out it was a lifesaver training class!  There was every color of human being possible.  Everything from white, through many shades of brown, to black!  Just like the Brazilian melting pot!  I got some great pics of them doing their exercises and runs.  I also got some good pictures of me and Scottie with a sand sculpture of some nudes.  Everyone on the beach was staring and smiling -- women and men!

We had a nice lunch at the Sofitel near the Fort.  It had a great view back up Copacabana Beach.  We had pizzas and sangria -- and it was perfect.  We did some shopping after at the various shops along the way, but did not really find much we needed.

Dwight and Wendy left today right after we got back from lunch.  They needed to get back to their sons.

Lifeguard trainees doing more pushups!
  The rest of us return tomorrow.

We were going to try to get over to Sugar Loaf this afternoon, but it started to rain again.  Instead we opted to find the Hard Rock Rio -- after all I needed tee shirts for the boys and my obligatory shot glasses.  The Hard Rock was quite far from Copacabana -- more than an hours drive in traffic.  Once we got there I made friends with our bartneder and even got my picture with him behind the bar.  He also gave us free tickets to the party tonight at the Hard Rock -- but it was too far from our hotel to return there again.  We did have a few beers before we headed back to the hotel.

Dinner tonight was at a Brazilian Churrascaria, what I like to call the Brazilian meat extravaganza.  We went to one in Leblon called Brassa Brassa.

Helping the bartender at Hard Rock Rio de Janeiro!
  They started us with boiled and fried shrimp and Chopp (draft local beer).  Then came a trip to the huge salad bar that went on forever!  Everything from caesar salad, to hearts of palm, cheeses, salamis, sushi, sashimi, soup and fruits!  It was incredible.

Once we finished the salad course, it was time for the meat.  They had tabs for each of us with one side red (for stop) and the other side green (for more meat) so we could signify when to bring on more meat.  Gauchos started walking around with huge skewers of freshly broiled meats and swords to carve off portions for us.  It was so delicious! I ate so much I was in misery!

Desserts were awesome too -- I had a pasionfruit mousse which helped calm my stomach!  The waiters surprised Skot with a piece of cake with a sparkler in it.  He seemed pleased that we celebrated his birthday again!

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Elaborate Sand Castle at Copacaban…
Elaborate Sand Castle at Copacaba…
with the Sand Nudes
with the "Sand Nudes"
Lifeguard trainees doing more push…
Lifeguard trainees doing more pus…
Helping the bartender at Hard Rock…
Helping the bartender at Hard Roc…
Lifeguards in training at Copacaba…
Lifeguards in training at Copacab…
Lifeguards in formation
Lifeguards in formation
Running on Copacabana Beach
Running on Copacabana Beach
Bringing up the rear
Bringing up the rear
Pushups!
Pushups!
Hard Rock Rio
Hard Rock Rio
Hard Rock Rio
Hard Rock Rio
Skot at dinner at Brassa Brassa
Skot at dinner at Brassa Brassa
Scotties cracking up at dinner
Scottie's cracking up at dinner
Birthday boy Skot blows out his ca…
Birthday boy Skot blows out his c…