That day was the last day on Rio de Janeiro before we catch our flight back to Indonesia departing from Sao Paolo, Brazil. So it was a bittersweet moment. I was kinda homesick, but at the same time excited all over again to explore another part of Rio de Janeiro. I spent the first day exploring Christ de Redentor, Favela, and Sugarloaf Mountain using City Sightseeing Tour, places that being far from each other. So the second day's idea was to have a self-walking/taxiing tour to Rio de Janeiro downtown and Maracana Stadium.
we went to the Ipanema beach first, which is only 5 minutes walk from our hostel. And then we went to Maracana Stadium before headed to Selaron step before enjoy the sunset from Confeitaria Colombo (Colombo Cafe) down in Copacabana beach.
Ipanema was outstanding for its a long white sandy beach, and the overlooking side sight Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers). If you haven't known yet, the beach was become popular by the song "The girl from Ipanema" which originally written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vicinius de Moraes.
Hunger for relaxation and the beach air, we went early at about 6 am. It was still dark back then (and so cold!). The fresh air, the birds, the winds, and the tranquility made us stay for about 2 hours there. We went back to our hostel to grab breakfast before heading to Maracana Stadium.
Maracana Stadium was opened in 1950 and became the host of 1950 FIFA World Cup. In 2014 it again host the FIFA World Cup and became the stadium where the final match was held. We went there by taxi and realized that we were dropped by furthest gate from the entrance. And then we took a wrong direction toward the entrance so basically we ended up almost circling the stadium from the outside. The stadium is so wide, and from the outside some places were seem overlooked.
From the Gate A we entered the stadium and bought ticket for Stadium Tour. Soon as we started, the guide took us the VIP room, relaxation room, main entrance of the player to the field and took us to a several different seating level so we could see how it would feel to watch the game from different seating.
Selaron Step is a work of art by Chilean artist, Jorge Selaron. He started his work in 1990 and was never meant to be finished as it is seen as a continuous artwork. There are 250 steps that spans over 125 meters and used 2000 tiles collected from around the world. It didn't meant to be that way though. He started it in a small area and used tiles from waste tiles, but soon it gathered attention and people around the world donating tiles from their country to contribute to Selaron's steps. This place is featured in song titled "Beautiful" sang by Snoop Dogg and Pharrell.
For me Selaron is not just a steps, it's a manifestation of dream and arts. I was lost in those steps for 1,5 hours, closely looking at the tiles one by one. The color and the pattern made my eyes dancing like nobody else around. It was such a nice place to be and imagining the time consumed and the dedication of the maker made me have more respect to the piece of art.
We ended up that perfect day(s) in Rio de Janeiro by having a patisserie time in Colombo Cafe down in Copacabana. The cafe is inside the Museum, so we took sometime to find it. But it was worth the lost (at first). The Tartelette de Limao was delicious, just as its Pastel de belem. I ate two of each and if it wasn't our time to head back to Hostel, i would buy more and more. That's how delicious the cake was.
Well done, Rio, well done!! you hooked me with your beach and food enough i would definitely make a visit in the future.
Ver você de nov, tchau Rio!
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