Feb 10 2024

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana is a bairro (neighborhood) in Rio de Janeiro: in  the South Zone of the city. It’s 4 km (2.5 miles) balneario beach is the most famous.

I’m impressed by how clean the beach is!

Of course, there is this famous statue of Ayrton Senna (1960-94), who won the F-1 World Drivers’ Championship in 1988, 1990, and 1991. Michael Schumacher (1969-) won 7: 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. Senna’s death certainly made Schumacher’s win that much easier.




Feb 10 2024

Quiosque Chopp Brahma

R. Visconde do Rio Branco 360 qd 138 lj 1 pav 1, Niterói Rio de Janeiro – RJ 24020-000, Brazil

… more pix on Google Maps; Yelp.

A bar on the Copacabana Beach -:) couldn’t have been more convenient.

At 11am, they only have 600 ml Stella Artois beer. I’ve two coconuts, and we shared fried cheese. Just perfect for a stop.

They take credit cards.

Their straw reminds me of my childhood days in Beijing, in the 60s – my grandma Nainai always had to cut the top bec after a few sips, the paper (??) just gave away.

Feb 10 2024

Forte de Copacabana

Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1,
Rio de Janeiro RJ 22070-020, Brazil

… more pix on Google Maps, Yelp, TA.

The museum is at the southern end of the Copacabana Beach, and where the Colombo  and Cafe 18 do Fort are. I think most people going there is for the cafes and meals.

The Fort charges a nominal fee to get in and they don’t take credit card. When we asked if USD would do, the guard kindly let us in. Thank you.

The ground is neatly kept. We walked around briefly after lunch. It’s scene.

Feb 10 2024

Confeitaria Colombo

… behind my left shoulder is their shanty town  
Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 01,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ 22070-020, Brazil

Def will return.

… more pix on Google Maps, Yelp, TA

It’s inside of the Fort Copacabana, with both indoor and outdoor seatings, looking out to the famous beach. It’s a 93 degrees day and we’re very comfortable by the water, with a strong Atlantic Ocean breeze.

The Fort charges a nominal fee to get in and they don’t take credit card. When we asked if USD would do, the guard kindly let us in. Thank you.

(Again, we’re going to survive on credit card here.)

Service is really good but slow, which is fine. The food, oh my, Huge portion and they taste good. We’ve Salmon and pasta salad – look at the size! The green rice is well cooked and yummy (a little saggy tho).

I also tried their yogurt, which is yummy too.

Feb 10 2024

Airport lounge 机场休息室

Amex Centurion @ eze: Terminal B by Gate 19
Buenos Aires

… more pix on Google Maps

There are many airport lounge networks, most of them run by airlines itself, like Delta, while others run by credit card, such as Amex Centurion, and lounge access program such as Priority Pass.

Many credit cards give you free access to PriorityPass locations. During my younger days, I won’t leave a minute early than necessarily. Now, I’m early by the hour (ok, not the hour, but just leave early, to not have to deal with the stress of running late.) So airport lounges seem a good place to check it out.

… more lounges I’ve used:

  1. ATL @ Atlanta – Centurion
  2. GIG @ Rio de Janeiro – Plaza Premium Lounge
  3. EZE @ Buenos Aire

Amex Centurion Lounge at Buenos Aires‘s eze is my first, when we’re waiting to take our flight up to Rio de Janeiro.

What has gotten to me today? Little Irene wants a burger 🍔 are u kidding me?

Guess not.

At Burger King, I don’t know how to order with the machine. A little frustrated, I said, what the hell, why don’t I go to the Centurion Amex Lounge instead?

The Centurion Lounge is, as usual, decent with all the drinks (soft and hard) and cold food, with a couple of hots. The two tv monitors are showing soccer games. Their policy for Amex users are 3 hours prior to departure.

We’ve a long layover @ eze, so I checked out the other lounges:

  1. Latam @ eze, $45 pp, stay as long as you want (can go in and out)
  2. Aerolineas Argentinas $60 for four hours

一根筋 想吃汉堡
机器下单 自己搞不定 发愁

突然想起 不如去运通休息室吧

以前赶飞机 都是掐着时间 早一分钟都不肯
现在老太婆了 早的以小时计 (没有了 不过差不多…)
以前不会用运通的福利. 现在变常客
可惜现在没什么网球比赛 都是⚽️
吃了喝了 汉堡点了


多吃点了吗?想想俺轮流天涯海角的靠汉堡充饥 😜😹