Thursday, September 10, 2015

The famous mountains surrounding Rio

This is a scheduled post because by the time most of you read this, I will be at my friend Sally's.  We have not finished her garage, because of the excessive heat, so are hoping to get an early start in order to actually finish one "room" in her home.  And no, her main bath is still not finished, but now we're in the final sorting and cleaning stage.

I also apologize that I've had no time to visit anyone or return visits from my wonderful commenters.  It was all I could do to get this finished before it was time for bed.  BTW, I only sleep about four hours a night.

The reason I am working so hard to help Sally is because she has a MINIMALIST friend coming on the 21st, so we are trying to get the house and the garage cleaned.  Her friend believes if there are more than three pieces of furniture in a room, or one decoration, something should go.  He has fits when he visits, and is always trying to get her to downsize.  So you know where I'll be until then.  BTW, on Labor Day, after working in her bath, I went through over 400 pairs of shoes, trying to find mates, then persuading her (which was like pulling teeth) to get rid of at least 100 pairs.  That's a truthful statement, trust me.

So, today we're back in Rio, this time visiting two famous mountains.

Christ the Redeemer Statue sits atop Corcovado Mountain.  Sugarloaf and Urca Mountains can be seen in the background of this postcard.

It seems some people love to climb to Sugarloaf Mountain, although most prefer the cablecars.

Sugarloaf Mountain, or Pão de Açúcar in Portuguese is so named because it apparently looks like cone shaped blocks of unrefined sugar that were prepared for shipment from Brazil to Portugal.  Also, in the postcard photo is the smaller flat topped Morro da Urca, or Urca Mountain which got its name because it resembles the whale it's named for.

Stunning views of the city, as well as both Ipanema and Copacabana beaches can be seen from the top of both these mountains, along with Guanabara Bay, which is now not nearly as pristine as it appears in these photos.

The crescent shaped Guanabara Bay can be seen in this postcard and image taken from a travel brochure. 

The large white track (to the left of the statue in the background) in the top image above is the Jockey Club Race Track.  Christ the Redeemer statue has become so popular, you must now purchase tickets online only.  It appears to be one of the most popular sites in Rio, as well as Brazil and South America.

The three postcards I found in my stash are quite old and the information on the back of each was in Portuguese.  All other images were taken from various travel magazines.

We've now seen the Samba School, the beaches, the Botanical Gardens, and the two most famous mountains in Rio.  Thanks for sharing this imaginary trip with me in my 7 Continents AB.  I hope you learned something, because I certainly did.  And there's lots more to come.


8 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the journal pages, I visited Rio back in 1989 and was impressed with the scenery. Your Sally seems to be a bit of a hoarder, have fun clearing out! Hugs, Valerie

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Rio looks beautiful and, of course, that statue is one of the most recognized in the world. Not sure where you are finding the time to work in your book with matching 400 pairs of shoes!!!!! Will you even finish before her friend arrives, I wonder?

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Gosh Sally is a big collector and hunter! I wouldn't have so many shoes in three lifes--lol!
Rio is for sure one of the most beautiful cities of the world!
Great pages Elizabeth!
oxo
Susi

Krisha said...

Always thought I'd like to visit Rio, great pages.

Hope you are getting some photos while helping Sally.....*grin*

~*~Patty S said...

There are lessons to be learned from all of the "stuff" clearing you are helping Sally with for sure and whatever it takes (like company!) to inspire her to lighten her load ;-)
Your book is moving right along!
How you find time to do everything you do is a bit of a mystery E altho having 20 hours days may explain a little...you must be like the energizer bunny.
Take care and thanks for sharing so much good info here in your lovely pages.
oxo

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Great old postcards, the mountains are so unusual there. 400 pairs of shoes. I cannot imagine. But if this friend coming was my friend I would have a minimalist room for him and leave my home the way I wanted it. You are a good friend. xox

My name is Erika. said...

Wow- 400 pairs of shoes! I cannot image that. Of course, this being said by the woman with 400+ books and I do have a few rubber stamps...visiting Rio with you was so fun today!

pearshapedcrafting said...

All the clearing of 'stuff ' must be quite traumatic for Sally but I am sure (having had a similar experience with someone else several years ago ) that she will feel better once it's done....you are making it easier for her! The trip to Rio was fabulous! Hugs, Chrisx