Still, all things considered, the boys were pretty good at not complaining about being dragged around a well-tended jungle for several hours in the middle of a hot afternoon (24 degrees in the middle of winter - now that's weather I can live with).
The other big 'must see' in Rio is Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain). Since Pão de Açúcar is also the name of the supermarket I visit almost every day here in São Paulo, it has always struck me as quite funny that I'd want to go all the way to Rio just to visit Pão de Açúcar. But then I am daily reminded that no one else in this family regards my sense of humour as in any way humorous.
Anyway, the trip to the mountain itself involves a double cable car ride, stopping off first on the lower Morro da Urca and then going up to the top of Pão de Açúcar itself. Again, as with Corcovado, the whole area has been designed and built extremely tastefully, with plenty of places to sit and rest, nice shops and stunning views. We stopped off on Urca for a brief and very pleasant picnic and then carried on up to he main event.
And that, pretty much, was that. Although it may not seem like a particularly full week, there was plenty of other stuff I haven't bothered to mention; James and David making new friends as well as meeting old friends from school down by the hotel pool, some fabulous sessions being knocked about by waves that were just the right side of dangerous, a lot of pizzas, three days of Festa Junina games, a lot of ice cream...
So no more blogs for a while.