Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Did I have a sign on my forehead? At the last port a man selects me from many people boarding the ship, introduces himself as an H. Stern (the jewelry store) rep, and offers a free car, driver, and guide while visiting Rio. The only catch is we have to visit their store. We do not have to purchase anything and there will be no high pressure. “Sounds like a deal”, I said.

They kept their part of the bargain. We had two full “free” days of touring. Allyn bought a beautiful necklace. The stone is a deep purple Brazilian Amethyst.

Among many other places, we visited Copacabana Beach.

We visited three synagogues.


 We even visited an old car show.

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