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Published: April 4th 2012
Our final day in Rio, we were up for early breakfast then followed the game of packing four bags into two and deciding what we needed for the day. Theoretically, it should have been easier to pack than on the way out as despite a few small purchases, we have used and disposed of quite a lot of bottles and potions.
We thought about a trip into the centre but decided that the local coffee shop we had sen near the Sunday Market would be sufficient. We walked there and found out that there was a fish, vegetable and market with general stalls around the Square facing Copacabana/Ipanema Metro station. We walked around. There were avocados as large as pineapples and lots of interesting fish. We came upon a food stall which was busy selling drinks and a deep-fried filled pasty type thing which we had to try and it was nearing lunch time. It was tasty. Ed liked the drink which was a creamy liquid and we watched them pulping some long stalks to make it. Jo thought it far too sweet and was happy with just two sips. It wasn't surprising thqt the drink was very sweet as
Rio - Ipanema Market
crispy fried somethings and cane sugar drink stall
it was pulped sugar cane with crushed ice!
We decided we had room for an iced coffee in the coffee shop which was good and we then went back to hotel to relax round the pool until it was time to leave for the airport. Having checked out at 11.00 am, our baggage was left in Reception until we took a taxi from the hotel to the International Airport around 3.00pm.
The taxi drove us to the airport and when we weren't hanging on for dear life, we looked out of the window at the frenetic traffic on the freeway running alongside the tranquil boats floating on the water, the cloudless sky and the buildings hugging the many hillsides of Rio, the people going about their daily business, etc. and thought that in just a few hours this vibrant city would be just a memory, a note in our Travel Blog and maybe a photo or ten and we would be back on English soil.
We arrived at the airport to discover that our flight was delayed an hour which meant our onward connection from Paris to Birmingham International would be missed and the onward cheap train ticket would be lost ... Ah well, that's the joy of travelling!
The Air France man in Rio who dealt with our change of onward flight from Paris gave us revised flight times, arranged for our luggage to go with us on the amended flight and told us that we would have to get our boarding passes for the onward flight printed in Paris.
To our amusement on arrival at the Transit desk in Paris, we were booked as traveling with a baby and both the transit assistant and the man at the Gate on departure from Paris appeared very confused as to what we had done with the baby but seemed to accept that someone had made an error somewhere along the line and that we hadn't dumped it somewhere!!
A lot of sitting around in airports all day but we finally arrived home the following day on the 4th with both of us feeling sad that our trip had ended and that we would now be back to our normal lives in no time at all.......
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