Armed with cameras and bike helmets my friend and I rode along the beach path from Posto 12 (lifeguard tower) at Praia do Leblon to Posto 1 at Praia do Leme. We were on a mission to photograph the sand sculptures along the beach in Copacabana. Although the cloudy morning skies weren’t the best for photo taking, they were much appreciated while biking. Rio has many beautiful beaches but Copacabana is probably the most famed (and most crowded on the weekends). The line where sand meets sea curves gently like a clam’s shell. And the black and white cobblestone sidewalks mimic the waves of the sea. Colorful seaside cafes with ice cream cone tables add a quirky bit of fun, as well as a great place to sit and people watch. We purchased a drink from a cafe to get change for the sand sculpture artists (photo taking isn’t free – 2 réis is the common tip).