Fabulous farewell 2012 picnic on Pao de Acucar

5 Dec

Its very hard to believe its nearly Christmas and the end of the year. With the heat mounting the appearance of fir trees, lights shaped as icicles and fake ivy decorations are so incongruous. But celebrations always help to make the festive season feel closer at hand.

This week I had a delightful walk to the first hill of Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf mountain) followed by a delicious picnic at the top with a lovely group of Brazilians and Estrangeiros (foreigners) from the Natural Lifestyle Group of Internations to celebrate the end of the year. I don’t think the tourists at the top quite knew what had hit them. They were looking forward to a quiet contemplation of the beautiful scenery and along we came with wine, delicious food and rowdy laughter. It was fantastic…can there be any better way to spend a Sunday afternoon having a picnic with fabulous people, and laughing till your sides hurt with one of the most spectacular views in the world. Despite missing the built up to a northern hemisphere Christmas and family and friends I think this is going to be a great festive season.

 

Our delicious picnic

Our delicious picnic

Our sophisticated set-up

Our sophisticated set-up

The whole group

The whole group

More wine needed

More wine needed

The sun setting on an amazing view

The sun setting on an amazing view

Raising our glasses to the end of a fantastic year

Raising our glasses to the end of a fantastic year

The beautiful meninas

The beautiful meninas

Rio lights up as we head down

Rio lights up as we head down

 

 

 

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