South America · Travel

Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil – Ipanema Beach

“Tall and tanned, and young and lovely, The girl from Ipanema goes walking” …and so do the slightly more elderly and rotund gentlemen. In fact, sit and watch the promenade along the beaches in Rio De Janeiro and you will see people of all ages, shapes and sizes sporting their best swimwear, in the world’s… Continue reading Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil – Ipanema Beach

South America · Travel

Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil – The Sambadrome

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is an extravaganza of colour, music, dance, costume and self expression. The city moves to a samba rhythm. Parties scatter the city for days in the lead up to the main event, The Sambadrome!   What is The Sambadrome? Located just West of Centro and North of Santa Teresa, in an… Continue reading Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil – The Sambadrome

South America · Travel

Rio de Janiero Carnival, Brazil – The Bloco

Brazil is home to one of the world’s biggest street parties, Carnival and Rio De Janeiro hosts the most famous one of all. Held on the last Tuesday before lent begins, it is a chance for everyone to indulge themselves before six long weeks of deprivation. The whole city becomes one huge party zone, and everybody… Continue reading Rio de Janiero Carnival, Brazil – The Bloco

South America · Travel

Buzios, Brazil - Boats, Bella Vista and Brigitte

In the winter of 2008, I decided it was time to visit Brazil and attend its famous Carnivale! I booked us on direct flights with British Airways and in February 2009, we were off. I planned a one night stay in the beach town of Buzios, two nights in bustling São Paulo and then Rio… Continue reading Buzios, Brazil - Boats, Bella Vista and Brigitte

Europe · Travel

Venice, Italy – Pigeons, Pasta and Pleasantly Striped Poles

The best thing about having a birthday on 1st February is the chance to run away and celebrate with a cheap, off-season holiday. Ryanair’s January sale usually throws up some good deals and for my 20th birthday, I snagged a return to Venice for £10. OK, so it was to the small Treviso Airport rather than the… Continue reading Venice, Italy – Pigeons, Pasta and Pleasantly Striped Poles