The four of us enjoyed the most amazing breakfast buffet at the Windsor Martinique hotel. It had fresh fruit, fresh fruit juices, amazing waffles, eggs, bacon, and rolls. We definitely look forward to that the rest of our trip! Outside it was raining so we decided to do a little planning before heading out to explore. Talking with the front desk we set up two events for the next day.
Then we went for a walk in the rain. James joined us but Kevin stayed at the hotel because he wasn't feeling well. The five of us wandered around Copacabana and walked along the Ipanema beach. The beach was empty - no people around at all. Which if I lived in a city like that, I wouldn't pick the beach on a rainy day either. James attempted to bring us to a fruit market but it appeared that we either missed it or they decided not to have it because of the rain. We roamed back toward Copacabana and stopped over at the Copacabana Fort.
The Forte de Copcabana is still an active base and they had military men all over the place. It had a nice museum of
the history of Rio de Janeiro that we walked through and a gallery of paintings. At the end there was also some information about the construction of the Christ the Redeemer statue. The statue was built from wooden scaffolding on the top of the mountain by many men looking at mini statues for their guides. At one point a storm blew away the wood, so they took the steel beams that were being planned for the railway to construct a new scaffold. Amazingly enough no one died in the construction of the memorial.
By this point we were all starving, so we stopped on our way back to our hotel for a nice lunch. It was a nice little place were we could see the beach. The rest of the afternoon was spent napping and just relaxing. Nicole was getting sick too so we all needed some time to regroup - a nice rainy day was perfect for that. I took a shower to clean up from being out in the rain again. I layed down momentarily on the bed and the next thing I knew I was waking up an hour later! Guess I really needed that break.
That evening we all went out for an amazing dinner. The front desk recommended this place in Ipanema that served great seafood. It was known for the traditional Brazilian stews. We were the only people in the entire restaurant. The general manager came over often to help us pick out what we were going to eat. He even gave us a free soup appetizer to try. We all got some type of the stew. Kevin and I shared a shrimp dish that they served to us in a pumpkin! In fact everyone split dishes but there was still so much food we couldn't finish it all. The crew went off to find a bar for a drink, while Kevin and I still feeling under the weather headed back to the hotel.
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