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Sandcastle Architecture

This is one of several impressive sand castles I saw while walking on the beach at Copacabana in Rio.

Copacabana is one of the world’s most famous beaches. The name Copacabana, or “Copa Caguana” (Luminous Place) in Quechua, an ancient language still spoken in Peru, was given by the Incas to this beautiful site.

Copacabana Beach is a magnificent 5 mile stretch. The beachfront kiosk bars lining Avenue Atlântica, the street that runs the length of the beach, are popular for snacks, food, and drinks. The entire length of the beach is divided into stations (postos). Postos 5 and 6 attract older residents and youngsters. The fresh catch of the day can be bought at Postos 7 at the southern end of the beach known as the posto de pescadores (fisherman’s post).

On New Year’s Eve, millions of local residents and visitors take to the beach to celebrate and honor Yemanjá, Goddess of the Sea.

See a picture of Atlântica Avenue, the street that runs along the beach in my workshop.

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