Destination Rio de Janeiro, the second travel to the former capital of Brazil.
The bus travel on the bridge between Rio de Janeiro and Niterói.
Day 3, 11.30
The Ponte Rio-Niteroi
… Finally, the bus drove on the bridge, which linked Rio with Niterói. There was a lot of traffic, the bus moved on very slowly. For me it was a nice opportunity to take more pictures from the bridge. Images of Rio, the Guanabara Bay and Niterói. The city of Rio is surrounded by many green hills. It is not hard to imagine what kind of impression the first Europeans had obtained at their first visit of this paradisaical region. I was wondering how it must have looked like without the buildings, the avenues, the harbor… It must have been a real paradise.
It took more than thirty minutes to cross the long bridge. The views were amazing. And I was not the only one who took many pictures. Others tried to take pictures from the same position as I was taking. For some time, it was quite silent inside the bus, except the noises of zooming and clicking. Like Japanese. Those lacking a camera, watched silently the beautiful skyline of Rio. It was not a real problem for us that the crossing of this bridge took a lot of time. On the other hand, we were longing for the beach, in Niterói. Thanks to the sunny and warm weather conditions, it was an excellent day to spend on the beach. Sun, beach, sand, sea, Brazilian friends, what more could I have wished for that day?
The bus neared the end of the bridge. We noticed some oil platforms, of which the robust concrete pillars were anchored in the seabed. Other platforms were still under construction. It appeared that Brazilian oil business was booming business. In 2006, it was celebrated that Brazil was no longer dependent upon oil imports. An excellent achievement, because oil transport to distant Brazil must be very expensive. Unfortunately, Brazil was still dependent upon neighboring country Bolivia for gas imports.
The oil platforms were not the only tall constructions in the Guanabara Bay. Another tall object, about 60 meters high, was towering in Niterói: a giant Christmas tree, which was lit by half a million micro lamps. Another giant Christmas tree, the largest of the world with 82 meters and decorated with 2.8 million lamps, was found in Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, near Ipanema. Both Christmas trees attract a lot of national attention. Along the bridge, that had the name “Ponte Presidente (Arthur da) Costa e Silva” , were traces of maintenance works. This bridge is part of the BR-101 highway, that runs between two Brazilian states that are called Rio Grande: Rio Grande do Norte e Rio Grande do Sul. The highway runs through no less than twelve Brazilian states, and is 4500 km long, which is comparable to twice the distance between Amsterdam and Moscow.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom
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