It is not the first time I write about this place in this blog. I’ve already mentioned it here, here and here, and I’m going to talk about it again. Sorry if I’m being repetitive but I just can’t help saying good things about Pista Claudio Coutinho, in Praia Vermelha.
Last weekend, we had been there, my husband, my son and I. We had spent the whole January very busy working on a big family project, and thereby ended up spending many weekends at home. But I have to confess that we had been also hiding from the little thieves that have invaded Copacabana this summer. Yes, it sounds crazy, but I had been avoiding going out in Copacabana, my own neighborhood, especially in the side streets, where the special beach police patrolling doesn’t reach.
Sometimes I think I’m getting a little paranoid about it, but anyway, I just needed to breathe some fresh air and relax a little bit in some place where I didn’t have to look back every 5 minutes to check if someone suspicious was about to grab my cellphone or my camera. And talking about cameras, I just needed to go out to photograph. Not taking quick shots with my smartphone but really sparing some time just enjoying the scenery and capturing some beautiful moments with my big camera.
But our choice for Pista Claudio Coutinho was not only for safety reasons. This year I have a personal goal: spending more time outdoors enjoying nature. We go a lot to the beach but besides that we have such an urban life, and I really would like to teach my son how to enjoy the sounds of nature and how the small and simple nature things are relaxing and fun.
And then, we were there again! My favorite place in Rio, Pista Claudio Coutinho! There we felt the breeze of the sea, breathed the humid air and felt the earthy smell of the vegetation that surrounds Pão de Açucar Mountain! My son observed little ants carrying big leaves, run along the walking path, searched for spider nets, watched the big boats over Guanabara Bay and relaxed. And as it was expected I took hundreds of photos! : )
It was more than pleasant and relaxing! Everything I needed to start another week!
Enjoy the photos and have a nice week!