Sixth day in Rio – Parque das Ruínas
Browsing the web in the morning I found out that there was supposedto be a class with Mestre Canguru in an hour. After a hasty breakfast I was on my way and aktually managed to kling to some Capoeriste tht went into the right direction. I wouldn’t have found the place otherwise.
After the class I went back to my hostel to recover from the extersion. We didn’t do that much but still the weather somehow does me in.
Later in Ludo asked me if I wanted to accompany him to Parque das Ruínas. This vintage point used to be one of the properties of an art collector and is located with a very nice view of the city. I’d tried to go there on Monday but it was closed.
There are two parts to the park. One part is a museum with paintings. The other part is the structure of a building where they replaced a few strategic floors and walls so it is save to to walk in. The rest is left a a ruin. At the base are two places where events can take place. One with a tent. The other one with some seats und a great view.
The structure itself is quite high and has a walkway on top so you have different options and vistas.
Unfortunately the place usually closes at 5pm so you don’t get to view a sunset from here.
Still a very nice place to go to and quite accessible via public transport. (Especially if the bondi is running again.)
You have almost a 360 degree stunning view of Rio. Even the villa for sale with the view over downtown is visible from the top of the building. This time with the Cristo Redentor right in the back. (Nadja and Marlene I think we’ll have to rethink that property. It seems you can’t the the statue from from there after all. We’d have to add on on top. 🙂 )
What we didn’t know when we went up there was that there was going to be a concert with RioChello that evening. Meaning that the park closed later and we could watch the sunset from here. All thanks to a free perfomance in the garden.
RioChello is a group of four chello players who play all kindes of music. From classic to Jazz. They invited a local ballerina and a violinist from germany to complement their performance. I was sad not to have known earlier as I’m pretty sure N would have liked it too.
Afterwards we go view the lit cathedral and lots of lights in the city.