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Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast , a tour of Rio. As I was here several years ago for a 5 day stay, I was interested to see what they would include in the tour as it was only from 9.00am to 1.00pm.
The drive along Copacababa , Leblon and Ipanema was fine but no stops. A quick stop at the very modern Cathedral and a quick drive past the World War 2 Memorail before arriving at Sugar Loaf. This was the highlight but it is a pity they couldn't extend the time and include Corcovada and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Still, everyone enjoyed Sugar Loaf, even those passengers who suffer from vertigo.
Back to the ship in time for lunch for those who wanted it but we availed ourselves of the Stern Company shuttle bus to Ipanema. Of course one has to run the gauntlet of the tour of the jewellery makers and the sales people but it is possible to get out without buying anything. One is then free to wander Ipanema and find a nice little local restaurant and have a very enjoyable lunch.
Back to the ship (on the Stern Express) in time for a 5.00pm sailing.
Drinks on deck sailing out of Rio Harbour is an experience not to be missed.

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