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RIO DE JANEIRO – PART 3 – AT THE BEACH

After the tourist day we had in Rio (here and here)  I wanted Marilyn to have the chance to experience the Brazilian beach style. I knew that even though she had been to Hawaii, Florida, Mexico and  California, the beaches in Brazil are something completely different from everywhere else in the world. This is why  Rio de Janeiro’s beaches are so famous.

If you say Copacabana or Ipanema beach it sparks the imagination of most people. With my own experience I can guarantee you that! Whenever people ask me where I am from and I say Brazil… Immediately the second question is: Are you the Ipanema girl? or Have you been to Ipanema beach? lol

Coming to Rio and spending a sunny day on the beach is definitely something special.  Because of our schedule I chose to go to the beach on Sunday.  It is always very crowded  with tourists and also with cariocas (a carioca is someone who was born in Rio de Janeiro).

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One amazing thing about the beaches in Rio is that they are connected!  So you can walk along the beach thru the sidewalks for kilometers.

From Copacabana (this 4 kilometer strip of beach) we walked to Ipanema beach. You must be wondering why I chose to spend the day in Ipanema beach rather than Copacabana. Copacabana beach is beautiful and you can find everything there too. However, Ipanema is the area that We had our breakfast and we went to Ipanema Beach. Our hotel was in Copacabana beach and on our first day in Rio we spent the afternoon there.

This was our hotel view from Copacabana to Ipanema!sits among the more upscale and chic though equally lively beaches. It’s also there where you  can see girls that remind you of the famous Garota de Ipanema/ Girl of Ipanema song immortalized by the composer Tom Jobim.

I love this video the travel channel made about Ipanema Beach!

Ipanema and Leblon form one long beach, divided and defined by postos (posts) which serve to mark distance as well identify the varying themes and crowds of each particular area. The kiosks, bars, cafes are alongside the beaches.

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When you go to the beach you don’t need to carry anything with you. You can rent a beach chair and umbrella, you can buy food and alcohol too. Perfect, don’t you think? Especially for us here in the US we need to take everything,  and at most of the beaches we can’t even drink alcohol…

The black and white stones of the sidewalk lining Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beaches in Rio de Janeiro are laid in an iconic pattern. The ‘Portuguese Pavement’ method of creating images with stones is characteristic of Rio’s beaches.

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There are always circles of people playing football (soccer), volleyball and footvolly, a locally invented sport that is a combination of volleyball and football.

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This sport is growing worldwide.When we were in Rio they were having the world cup of footvolly right in front of our hotel.

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On Sundays, the side of the street next to the ocean in both Copacabana and Ipanema is closed to traffic.  Hundreds of people move up and down the ocean streets from dawn to dusk. Young and old, kids, athletes, walkers, bike riders, skaters, dog walkers, bikini clad women, guys wearing speedos, even old guys…hit the streets all day.be7

By the way, Marilyn was shocked with one thing about the beach culture in Rio. Most of the guys, even old, very old guys wearing speedos at the beach or walking thru the neighborhood in Ipanema or Copacabana. We even saw a few at the bank. lol The same about the bikini clad women…they walk all over downtown in their bikinis!!  No coverups needed!  Welcome to Brazil, my friend!!

Post 9 is popular amongst the young and beautiful with equally enviable tans and figures, armed with skate boards and tattoos.

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In Ipanema, in the late afternoon walk the length of the beach up to Arpoador Beach. Once there, cross the narrow beach and walk out onto the large rocks to watch the sunset over Leblon Beach and Sao Conrado.

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The sunset there is also an attraction you have to experience with the cariocas. Every single day people go there to watch the sunset and clap while the sun disappears.

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This video shows very well the vibe of the sunset at Arpoador beach!

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This lady sells this delicious brazilian pastry:

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Another beach food: Grilled cheese!

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Grilled Shrimp:

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The famous açai:

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And also bikinis, OF COURSE!! I was so overwhelmed with the Brazilian bikinis. All of them with a great material and super fashionable !

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We loved the beer can holders of  football t-shirts from everywhere in the world!! Check out the Brazilian one next to the Argentina shirt!! Not good at all!! lol

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This is a magnet with Rio images made from the bottom of soda or beer cans. Super creative!

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There are so many things to talk about regarding the beaches in Rio… this post is already giant! lol If you have any question, please, leave a comment on the blog. Your email address would only show up for us. Also, there’s a lot of photos on our Instagram (follow us) and I’m also  going to post more photos on our Facebook page. There will be more posts about Brazil and Rio in the future!!

And don’t forget to like this post if you enjoyed it!!

Beijos e Tchau!

Ludmilla

Ludmilla Ramos and Marilyn Chudda
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Brazi Bites Jalapeño Popovers
Ingredients:

1 bag Brazi Bites, defrosted

4 ea. Jalapeños

2 oz. shredded mozzarella

1 oz. cream cheese

1 T. Green onions, diced

Directions:

Cut the ends off of the jalapeños and slice down the middle.

Clean out seeds and place flat side down onto a sheet pan.

Brush lightly with oil and broil in oven until skin blisters. 
Peel the skin off of the jalapeños and small dice.

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Place 1/2 tsp. Of the jalapeño mix in the indentation.

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