"Brazil 13" finished up most of the "Then and Now's" of Rio de Janeiro.
On this page are some of pictures of us gathering the pictures, Sandy and I Hang Gliding and then our ride to Cabo Frio, Nova Friburgo and on to Petropolis..
The views are unreal. Sandy is happy!
Sandy and Sugar Loaf....
On the 28th of May, Sandy and I Hang Glide for the 1st time! This is the ramp you run down.
Once off the ramp, it is straight down. There is no slope to bounce on!
Watching others take off is easy.....
It is completely different when you have the Hang Glider strapped on, and it is "YOU" doing the jumping!
After take off, a smile returned to Sandy's face. It was a long ways down!
You land on the beach behind the tall buildings!
I guess you could use the golf course for an emergency landing, if necessary!
I spent most of my time looking down....
The pictures almost look phony!
We landed on the beach, just below my knees.
This is the landing strip for the Hang Gliders.
On the 30th of May, it is time to leave Rio de Janeiro and head to Cabo Frio, where we have a "Then and Now" to take.
On the 31st of May, we wake up, and begin our search for a "Then and Now", in Cabo Frio.
We found the bridge, which was shown in a 1939 book called "Travel in Brazil".
The bridge was only 13 years old in the picture (the bridge was built in 1926).
I was unable to duplicate the angles, as the vegetation on the hillside was too dense to climb without a machete.
On the 31st of May, we leave Cabo Frio and head to Nova Friburgo. On our route, we pass though Buzios, Brazil.
Built on a rock outcropping, in the bay of Buzios, is this very creative and lifelike statue of 3 fishermen.
While riding past the sculpture, it looked very real, until we noticed that the 3 men were not moving!
Yes, another white and blue church.........
The view from the top of the steep bridge....
It seems that every village we ride through, has a "post card" church....
It is June the 1st of 2007, and that is the town of Nova Friburgo behind Sandy.
It was founded by 2,000 people from Switzerland during the 1800's.
I thought it was going to be impossible to figure out where the old picture was taken. So we walked up and down nearly every street in the city, which is not small, (scroll up 2 pictures to see the core area of Nova Friburgo). Then we ran across a building which had little spires sticking up from the roof, much like the building in the very center of the old picture. And down the street from the same building, was another building with a rounded top, again, just like the old photo.
This is a close up of the building with spires and in the far right side of the photo you can see the old building with the rounded roof.
If we stood in the exact same spot that the old photo was taken from, all you would see is high rise buildings. This picture is taken from the same hill as the old photo, but looking straight down the street where the old buildings are located. The building with spires is just to the left of the yellow truck. Is this a stupid hobby or what!
On the 2nd of June we leave Nova Friburgo, and head to the Imperial City of Petropolis.
Again, the riding has been excellent!
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