The flight to Rio was 2 hrs. There was no need to clear customs as this was domestic to domestic. Our regular guide (4th time) Geraldo met us at the airport. Not only is this old cat knowledgeable, speaks 7 languages, and full of jokes but he’s got swag. There is just something special about a guide of color that breaks it down from a black perspective.
Before leaving the states I’d heard that the eccentric, colorful, wild and crazy, Chilean artist, Jorge Selaron famous for the beautiful tile staircase he created in Lapa, was found dead in January. Geraldo says it was probably suicide but still a mystery. He will be missed but his memory and “Escadaria Selaron ” will live on. You can even see them in one of Snoop Dog’s music videos.
After checking into our hotel, the Windsor Excelsior which directly faces beautiful Copacabana beach, some of us were off to satisfy our hunger. On the way to MAB’s for some tasty prawns sautéed in garlic and parsley I pointed out the Galeto (renamed the chicken shack by my past Rio visitors). Here you can get an inexpensive rotisserie chicken dinner —eat in or take out. The night air was warm at this partially open air restaurant and we enjoyed our dinner, sipped our caipirinhas and listened to a guitarist strumming bossa nova tunes .
It was getting late so I said, “Tchau, tchau” to the group and made my way back to the hotel where I enjoyed the view of Copacabana from my corner unit.
Tomorrow: Cristo Redentor