Tuesday, September 17, 2019

XXX - Streets of Rio

XXX - The Streets of Rio


We had hired a driver while we were in Rio. In doing so, we really got to see the city. Going to see the Christ we found ourselves making our way up small winding streets. I was thrilled because I really wanted to see Rio, not just the beaches or the Christ or Sugar Loaf Mountain. Our driver told us that we were in the oldest part of the town, with the streets dating back to the late 1500's. I don't think we saw any buildings that old, but we did see old homes and buildings.

Many of the streets were made from bricks and large stones, which made for a bumpy ride. On the smaller streets, the houses were raised up a level above the street. With gates for the driveways and nondescript doors street level.



Then there were the broader streets. The buildings here were built right on the side walks with no yards. The colonial architecture reminded me of what I saw in Havana. The colors were bright, like what one sees in the Caribbean or in Charleston.






There was great detail in the designs of the buildings.

One thing that struck me, were the power lines. On any given street corner there would be multiple lines criss crossing the buildings.



And to complicate matters, there were street cars going up and down the tight curvy lanes. Our driver, who like most drivers there, drove very aggressively. Therefore, coming around a tight curve and finding ourselves in the way of a slow moving street car, made for some 'excitement'. 
(not my photo)

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