Brazil is the largest country in South America. It was founded in 1500 by Portugal, and it is the only country in South America that does not speak Spanish.
It is Christmas day and all the festivities of Christmas eve were fantastic. It was interesting to see how the city of Rio started to shut down around 4:00 pm. It became quieter than usual, and by 7:00 pm there was almost no sound outside, everybody was involved in their typical Christmas eve celebrations.
Christmas day is bright and sunny, where the last two days have been cloudy with rain. Today we walked along Leblon beach, taking some photos. Neighborhoods are named and makeup Rio. We are in Leblon, but further down is Ipanema, and then Copa Cabana. The main street that passes in front of the beach is closed on Sunday and today for Christmas. The beach was very crowded, as usual. Going to the beach in Rio is everything you can imagine.
All along the beach, there are multiple vendors renting chairs and several places where you can buy drinks, get out of the sun and enjoy your drink. One thing about the beach, something I have never seen on the east coast of the US, the mountains, in the water. The sky is also a color blue that looks very different.
Once we completed our photoshoot for the day it was time to head in, relax, and enjoy more food with the family. We cleaned up the rest of the meal and dessert from last night and found time for a nap.
Time to rest up, we are off to Baha tomorrow. There might be a cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf mountain.