With this in mind, I decided to create a little photo blog to tempt more Springsteen fans into going. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
It’s also got footvolley. Forget volleyball, or football, this is where the real skill is it, and you can sit watching these guys playing until the sun goes down, beer or coconut in hand.
When you tire of the beach, you’ve got to take in some of Rio’s sights (no not just the women on the beach). I went up Sugar Loaf mountain by cable car, where you will get the best views over the city, over the beaches and the favelas. I’d go in the late afternoon so you see Rio by day time….
And at night….
Another must see is of course Christ the Redeemer, an iconic sight visible from most parts of Rio. Just go early to avoid the crowd and get your money shot.
For football fans, a game is a must. Sadly I didn’t get to see one, so I thought this picture of a mural would have to do.
Of course, food plays a massive part in why I love Rio, and if you are a steak lover like me, you will be in meat eating heaven. In Brazil, it’s really popular to eat at pay by weight buffet restaurants. Sounds odd, but it’s the best way of getting the best quality steak for a really good price – cooked right in front of you. What’s more, you can keep going back for more, and more, and more. Until you suffer a serious food coma and need to go to bed.
No I take that back, never forget Bruce and the band.
As if all these reasons aren’t enough, Rio also has the best selection of dogs in fancy dress that I’ve ever seen. It really is a fashion parade of outfits, see this poor sod for example who I managed to pap whilst he was out shopping in the very stylish area of Rio called Ipanema.
Ipanema isn’t just great for dogs in fancy dress, it’s got an amazing selection of bakeries too, rows and rows of pastries and dough lined up begging you to choose them. As a street food lover, I would recommend trying a coxinha, which is a teardrop shaped ball of shredded chicken encased in dough and then deep fried. It’s a perfect little snackette and great with a few drops of chili sauce.
I have been known to travel on impulse to see Bruce and have suffered the financial consequences later, however there really is nothing to contemplate here. This is a well thought out, sensible decision, and I can not WAIT to see Springsteen in Rio.
I just hope to see some fellow Bruce Buds there beside me!
*Update. It’s 4th August 2013 and the European leg of the 2013 Wrecking Ball tour has ended. I’ve realised, after indulging in so many dates across Europe, that I don’t have the funds to make it to Rio. BUT if you can, you definitely should. Incredible city – I hope to see them there at some point.