Thank you to everyone who responded to the initial post and who have continued with thoughts via email and Facebook. Looks like we have a plan.
Mark your calendar: on Saturday, July 16th we will meet in Praça XV in Rio at 10:00 a.m. for first a walking tour and then lunch thereafter at about 12:30 in Cinelandia. We will have a trained city guide leading the way (my partner Luiz).
Everyone is invited: bloggers (expats and otherwise), commenters, readers, lurkers – anybody. Just keep in mind that we are gathering for a social day where we will speak English with each other. Join us.
Here are the fun details:
We will meet at 10:00 sharp at the Master Velentim’s Fountain (old drinking water fountain) located in sort of the middle of the Praça. From there we will walk through the Arco de Teles and into an ancient section of Rio where some of the streets are just as they were 300 years ago.
From there we will head downtown, past the Imperial Palace to the Tiradentes Palace. From there we will turn up into the thick of Centro, toward Rua da Carioca. On the way we will stop at Confeitaria Columbo, an historic and amazingly ornate place for tea and sweets.
Then back to Rua da Carioca, with its historic buildings and scenic backdrop.
After passing Praça Tiradents, when we get to Rua do Lavradio we will turn left and enjoy this cute, cute, cute street that is the center of antique shops in the City, plus multiple very cool restaurants.
Once we get to Av. Mem de Sá we will turn left and head to the Lapa arches. We’ll walk under the arches and turn left and head toward Cinelandia.
Once in Cinelandia, with the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Arts in view, we will settle in for lunch at the 90 year old restaurant, Amarelinho.
For people who want to skip the walking tour, plan to meet up with us around 12:30 p.m. at Amarelinho. You might want to get a cell phone number from one of us so you can time your arrival and not wait too long.
Sound like fun? Come join us!