Friday, June 29, 2012

Copa, Copacabana

To be honest, I have no idea if the Barry Manilow song is about this beach in Rio, but I believe it is.  [Wikipedia says the song is about a club in NY -- shows you what Wikipedia knows.]  We stayed a block away from the beach, right behind the famous Copacabana Palace Hotel. Great location, particularly when you only have short bits of time on your own and would like to take a little walk to free your mind.  Copacabana Beach is said to have outlived its glory days -- the area was a happening place in the early 20th Century.  Now the rich and fancy hang out in Ipanema and Leblon.  Copacabana is more for the every man, and I really appreciate that.  The city protests and happenings occur here because the fancy people won't allow them in their neighborhoods.  And Copacabana has its own copyrighted sidewalk pattern: the Portuguese wave pattern.






These sand sculptures were every 50 feet on the beach edge. I didn't notice until after I took this photo that the "artist" is collecting money for photos.


They close one side of the road to traffic on Sundays for people to bike, walk, etc.


All of that scaffolding on top of the Copacabana Fort is a special exhibit called Humanidade that they built just for the Rio+20 conference. It was interesting, but crowded.