Let’s get salty

Ipanema Beach They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I figured I’d let my shots do the talking. Over the years I’ve captured hundreds of moments on Ipanema beach here are a few of my favourites.       

The trail of Dois Irmãos

Dois Irmãos, Vidigal  Avenida Niemeyer  I’ve been meaning to do this walk for a while and am so glad I finally got around to doing it. It was so amazing that I vow to do this at least once a year. This is by far the most awesome trail and I’d recommend it to anyone looking…

Crazy, cool, penthouse, pool

FASANO HOTEL – Av. Vieira Souto, 80 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – +55 21 3202 4000 – www.fasano.com.br – $$$$$ – E muito caro! (But totally worth it!) The Fasano hotel is certainly the new kid on the block, but unlike most who show up all shy and timid on their first day this bad boy brought a whole…

100% HANGOVER

BARTHODOMEU – Rua. Maria Quitéria, 46 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – T. +55 21 2247-8609 – http://www.barthodomeu.com.br‎ Get your Engov ready and clear your diary for tomorrow morning because whether your starting or ending your night in Barthodomeu one things for sure… You’re pretty much guaranteed a hangover. Now this place can be pretty sketchy at night…

Monday Night Samba Circle

Roda de Samba do Pedra do Sal  What to do on a Monday night in Rio de Janeiro you ask? The place to be is Pedra do Sal for some live samba music and cold drinks. Every Monday, you can be sure to find a lively scene with crowds of young people chatting, drinking beer…

Going green

PARQUE LAGE – Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 – Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro – +55 21 3257-1800 – www.eavparquelage.rj.gov.br Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm                 Entry: Free A day in the park offers a wonderful change of prospective on the Cidade Maravilhosa and Parque Lage is just one of those places you have to visit…

Paradise found – ANGRA DOS REIS

I frickin LOVE Angra dos Reis! If I had enough hours in the day I would start every morning here, it’s simply stunning. For those of you visiting Rio, I would certainly recommend a day trip to Angra. In an ideal situation we would all be able to take our yachts out for a spin but…

Réveillon – ROLL ON THE NEW YEAR

CIAO 2012, ROLL ON 2013! New year spent in Rio de Janeiro is really like no other, this is in part due to the immense firework display on Copacabana beach paired with the millions (and I mean MILLIONS) of people from all over the world who gather for this annual momentous occasion. I’ve travelled the…

ROCINHA – ON THE TOURIST TRAIL

I love Rio de Janeiro come rain or shine, although I must admit that it’s more fun when it’s sunny. Saying that, my desire to ensure maximum tannage on every sunny day means that I am less likely to embark on any cultural enrichment during the summer months. For this reason, I quite welcome the…

Boating, bikini, fun – ALL ABOARD, ‘SO FISTIQUE’

So there are loads of tourist boat trips that will promise you a day out around the bay of Guanabara. Not bad if you’re sticking to the tourist trail with the other sheep, but for those of you not keen on the usually happy clappy tourist float So Fistíque  may be the answer to your prayers….

Coconuts, condensed milk & chocolate

PETIT FOUR CAFE – Rua Aristides Espínola, 101 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro My darling Aunty Vandinha (Carioca!) introduced me to this adorable little sweet shop hidden down one of the side streets of Leblon, it reminds me of a typical Brazilian Grandmas house filled with sweets galore! For those of you yet to experience a Brazilian…

Lovely toe toes – CLARIDADE IPANEMA

Claridade, Rua Visc.de Pirajá, 365-B, lojas 17 e 18 Ipanema – Rio de Janeiro Cep: 22410-003. Tel: 2267-6745/2513-5064 Now ladies, a word of advice when traveling to Rio de Janeiro or anywhere in Brazil for that matter, people will judge you by your nails! A no point do we Cariocas find it appropriate not to…