Friday, June 29, 2012

Blame it on Rio! (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” 

Today we drove 30 minutes from Barra da Tijuca to Vidigal in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is a magical and alive place which transforms you from the moment you get there; the people, the food, the music, the weather-the whole laid back but joyous vibe of the "Cariocas" (as the people of Rio are known). We checked in to the Rio Sheraton which I like because it is the only hotel in Rio de Janeiro which is directly on the beach. It is close enough to the action of Copacabana and Ipanema to hang out there everyday yet far enough from these ares so you can relax. Since it is summer in New York, it is now winter in Rio. That's really not a fair statement, however, since the average winter temperature in Rio fluctuates between 75 degrees in the day and 65 degrees at night-I'll take this winter all year long!

 So if I seem a little out of it, a little lazy in posting, a bit tardy in responding, by all means "Blame it on Rio".

The view from my balcony at the Rio Sheraton (the beach in the background in Ipanema)

Not only is the water beautiful to look at with its myriad of colors but the waves lull you to sleep at night.

The favela of Vidigal is right across from the hotel (they even offer tours there)

Waves crashing on the beach

The palm trees line our almost private beach

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