Photos illustrating Farewell Rio, Chapter 1

Page 1.  “Even before I left Galeão International Airport my lightweight, elegant
raincoat was stolen off my arm.”


[Photo of Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Google Maps]

Page 3.  “I arrived at the Hotel Vermont in Ipanema jammed into the back of the Beetle cruiser, my three mangled suitcases stacked beside me, two policemen in front.

[Photo of Hotel Vermont – Rua Visconde de Pirajá, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Google Maps]

Page 3.  “The Vermont was a small, inexpensive residential hotel two blocks from the beach and one block from the bar where “Tom” Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes first observed the girl from Ipanema and put their thoughts on a napkin.”

[Photo of Bar Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema) at the corner of Rua Prudente de Morais and Rua Vinicius de Morais in Ipanema, from Google Maps]

[Aerial photo of Ipanema Beach from Google Maps.  The Hotel Vermont is at A, and Bar Garota de Ipanema is midway between the Hotel Vermont and the beach.]

Page 4.  “One evening over coffee, not long before he left New York for his posting in Geneva, he held my hand across a red-and-white-checked tablecloth and told me how he longed to go underwater spearfishing at Angra dos Reis on the coast 70 miles from Rio.”

[Photo of a pier at Angra dos Reis from Panoramio.]

Page 11.  “It wasn’t easy to locate all the beaches of Rio. They were scattered from the North Zone of the city near the international airport to the other side of the mountains in the south. I planned to visit one or two a day, starting with the obvious ones in the South Zone — Copacabana, followed by Ipanema and its neighbor, Leblon.”


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[Map of Rio de Janeiro from Google Maps.  Galeão International Airport is at the top.  At the bottom, from left to right, are the Vidigal favela, the Leblon neighborhood, the Ipanema neighborhood (where the Hotel Vermont is located) and the Copacabana neighborhood.]

[Photo from Panoramio of Copacabana beach looking north-east toward Sugar Loaf Mountain.]

[Photo from Panoramio of Ipanema Beach looking west toward Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) Mountain.]


[Photo of Leblon Beach from Google Maps looking east along Avenida Delfim Moreira.]

Page 13.  “Rio’s numerous favelas, or shantytowns, didn’t observe geographical boundaries. They marched straight up the city’s forested mountains, devoid of municipal services, or they squatted, restless, on scattered flat marginal lands.”

[Image from Google Earth of Favela Pavão Pavãozinho on a hill overlooking Copacabana.]

Page 14.  “Pretty girls walked by on the wave-patterned mosaic sidewalk that bordered the sand. In places, here and there, the small square charcoal and ivory stones were missing. These incursions were minimal, but they could provoke a twisted ankle. Placed at intervals along the sidewalk were rough-hewn concrete benches. Lovers sat on
them, entwined in each other’s legs and arms.”

[Photo of sidewalk along Avenida Atlântica from Google Maps.]

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