Rio in a Nutshell

Dreaming in Arabic

I am not a city girl, despite living in a city, and although I thoroughly immerse myself in the joys of city living, I much prefer quiet, open spaces, where nature sounds abound. Yet, I almost instantly fell head-over-heels in love with Rio de Janeiro, and despite spending three weeks discovering this enigmatic city, I left, longing for more. It feels to me as if I’ve hardly scratched the surface of this richly layered city, which is indeed Cidade Maravilhosa or the Wonderful City.

Here is a glimpse of some of the best things to see or do in Rio.

1. Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Rendentor)

The first tram (BR 74 per person, return) leaves at 8 am, and if you, like me, are averse to crowds, being first on the mountain will reward you with breathing space for a short while, and photographs without the bobbing heads of strangers…

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