Aside from the architecture, Rio's streets themselves are beautiful. Full of color, pattern, history, people, music... The place is buzzing with art from their many universities, museums, and cultural centers, all the way down to the cafes, music clubs, and alleyways.
We walked a TON while we were there. Here are a few of the sights from the streets.
Almost all of the sidewalks in the entire city are mosaic like this. There are different patterns in different neighborhoods.
Notice the shoeless man sitting in the back doorway of this church. We entered the main doors of this amazing 18th century baroque church and walked around taking pictures (see my last post) in awe of the details all the while hearing Vivaldi echoing gently off the marble. When we came to the back door we finally realized that the classical tune was coming from this man's harmonica!
Here is club we visited in Lapa. Such a great vibe. The beautiful 19th century building was decorated with the most interesting and swanky antiques throughout. The dance floor was crowded with people dancing for hours to the live band playing samba and bossa nova.