There’s a lot that can be written about Rio de Janeiro (the so-called River of January) I’m sure. Interestingly for us though, we managed to make it the rain and flood that killed 70 people that week. Despite the weather, we were there for the New Years Eve and I have never seen a firework show of that extravagance. A rare experience. Here are some notes...
• Hotel Majestic - This is the hotel we stayed at. Very central and has all the basic requirements for a holiday. ( For more info: http://www.majestichotel.com.br/)
• Copacobana Palace – A classic. (1702 Avenida Atlantica, Copacobana)
• Marina All-Suites – Actually the travel guides had it all wrong and this hotel was not that special. (696 Avda Delfim Moreira, Leblon).
• Fasano Hotels – For the design conscious. Philip Starck has designed this one. The chains’ hotel in Sau Paulo was ravishing. (http://www.fasano.com.br/)
• Rio Scenairum at Lappa: We really enjoyed a night out at the Rio Scenarium, 3 floors of restaurant+live music and you can dance on any floor that meets you taste. There was samba on the first floor...
(For more on the architect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Niemeyer)
Four words for you Schulz, Salina, Maria Bonita.
• Schulz for the shoes. Please refer to the picture below, honestly, need I say more?
• Salina for the bikinis.
• Maria Bonita for the clothes.
• Local stuff: Tapas/Adego Perola @ Rua Siqueira Campos, 138-1 Copacobana. Please visit this place. Eat cod balls and horefully you’ll remember this posting. Its a taste I will not forget.
• Meat fruit meat fruit. Lots of it.
Artstuff: The graffiti and The pavements
You’ve danced and eaten and walked the streets for sightseeing. For me though, Rio’s vibe came from its art. Art is so young, so edgy and surrounds you all over the city. In Rio art doesn’t hang in gallery it’s scattered everywhere. Wow...