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A Photo Diary: Visiting Christ the Redeemer

A Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel Blog

We only had one thing on the agenda for our final day, and it was the perfect ending to our stay in Rio de Janeiro. The Christ the Redeemer statue was what put Rio on my radar years ago. I saw a picture of this massive statue atop this hill and all of a sudden Rio was beckoning me. Roaming through the city, you regularly catch glimpses of it, and that helped to build my excitement. The experience starts as soon as the tram begins to ascend the hill, navigating its way through lush greenery with occasional breaks in the trees, giving you a beautiful, sweeping view of the city. Occasional stops to let the other tram pass also gave men and women along the route the chance to sell you a cold bottle of water (Respect the hustle!). Then you arrive, and it was everything I imagined it to be.A Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogA Photo Diary: Christ the Redeemer - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogI have to admit I shed a tear, or two, or maybe three. Setting my eyes on this statue was proof that I made it. I wanted this, and I made it happen, and I couldn’t have planned a more perfect culmination. I spent a good amount of time at the Christ the Redeemer statue. Walking around it. Staring up at it in awe. Stepping into the chapel they have on the site. When it was time to go, I had a hard time pulling myself away, but I comforted myself by reminding myself that I’ll be back. As we boarded the tram and began our descent downhill, I was filled to the brim with joy. Day after day Rio showed me why it’s a destination atop everyone’s list, and I can’t wait to return to discover all that I left behind. But until then, this was the perfect exclamation point at the end of a beautifully written sentence.

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    Tessa
    January 25, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Great post Sanura! Your writing brings it to life for me. Brazil is on my list and yes I agree Christ the Redeemer is ‘must see’ for me. As a football fan the other would be the Maracana (my father wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t) 🙂
    Keep the great posts coming.

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      Sanura
      January 26, 2016 at 9:35 AM

      Thank you so much Tessa! The next time I’m in Rio I would LOVE to catch a game at Maracanã Stadium. I can’t say I’m normally a football fan but something tells me, in that setting, it would be an UNFORGETTABLE experience!

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    Sanley
    January 15, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    I love your pictures and your style of writing. It looks like you had a lot of fun! #BLMgirl

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      Sanura
      January 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

      Thank you so much Sanley! I had SO much fun and thank you for reading 🙂

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    Rio-Jay
    January 14, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Ah, I can’t wait to visit Rio, hopefully in 2017 for carnival!

    You have me excited just by looking at your pictures lol x

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      Sanura
      January 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

      Carnivale sounds like an amazing time to visit! Now you have my wheels turning! LOL Maybe I’ll see you there! 🙂

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    Joanna
    January 12, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Great pics! I so can’t wait to go to Brazil. A friend of mine is planning a trip for her bday next year.

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      Sanura
      January 12, 2016 at 6:52 PM

      Thank you! Go as soon as you can! You’ll love it!

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