This morning I spent some time recovering from my red eye flights last night, and also my body is sore from having climbed a tall tree. After getting up for breakfast I slept again for a few hours, and was finally ready to start my day at 11am.
The family that I am staying with has a personal driver, and they lent him to me for the day to drive me around downtown Rio. This turned out to be a fantastic deal, he was able to park near where I wanted to go, and he brought me to some extra places that I did not have on my list. As a result, I have lots of photos from today that I very much like.
Both the father and the son in the family fly remote control helicopters, so I've been learning about those a great deal, this evening I went with the dad out to a park to fly one. That is, he flew the helicopter, I took photographs. I tried flying on their flight simulator last night and managed to not crash only once out of the dozen times.
Egret (or something) near the shore
There is a large cone shaped cathedral downtown Rio, this is a view of the 60 foot stain glass windows on the interior, looking up. I spent 45 minutes in this building, it was amazing.
Rio has some excellent street art.
The neighborhood of Lapa has a series of arches.
A distant view of one of the favelas (slums) of Rio
Ipanema Beach! I couldn't but help hum "The Girl from Ipanema" while photographing here. :)