10 April, 2012

A sunny Sunday in the city

You wake up to the twittering birds and tucans outside the rooms at our Bed&Breakfast Casa579, you glance at the Christ the Redeemer statue that almost seems to sparkle in the bright sun and over a delicious piece of chocolate cake and a coffee you think: What am I going to do on this sunny Sunday? Lucky for you, giving recommendations and coming up with an itinerary that suits your individual interests is one of our specialties! This time the itinerary combines the natural beauty and the metropolitan part of the city and consists of one of the carioca's top leisure activities: exercising (which includes showing off the results at the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema later on). 

First stop: Parque Lage

Next to the botanical garden lies the beautiful old building of Parque Lage, surrounded by the woods of the Tijuca National Parque and at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Nowadays a School of Visual Arts, Parque Lage's history goes back to the 16th century. The park is especially worth a visit on Sunday mornings for an abundant breakfast for only R$20. Seated around the pool at tables or on comfortable cushions you have an amazing view of Christ the Redeemer. To walk the breakfast off with a stroll, the various trails and stunning architecture of the park invite you to spend another good hour enjoying the scenery. The small green area in front of the building are perfect for a small picnic or for a quick sun bath. For more active visitors, the park provides a 2 1/2-long trail leading all the way up to the Christ statue. You are traveling with kids? The park is the perfect spot to run around, explore the nature, and observe the different types of fish that are held in the aquarium inside a rock. 
Curiosity: You might remember Parque Lage from the music video "Beautiful" by Snoop Dogg and Pharell.