Ipanema

Tall and tan and young and lovely …………The Girl from Ipanema goes walking …………has been playing in my head from the day I stepped on the distinctive mosaic promenade having walked from Copacabana. Compared to the latter this beach area is quieter and there is less of the disturbance caused by wandering minstrels and beach vendors. […]

Sugarloaf Mountain

The visit to Sugarloaf Mountain was my highlight of a recent trip to Rio. The iconic shots of Rio over the years always include either Christ the Redeemer or Sugarloaf. We chose the golden ticket which allows you to bypass the queues and even enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst waiting. The large aerial car lifts you up […]

Latest travel rant alert!

Those that know me  or read me know that I sometimes rant about other travellers, today is no different. On a recent flight from Rio I was disgusted to find in the toilet that the person in front  of me did not clean the sink round after use….despite  British Airways clearly indicating that one should do just that! Secondly […]

The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley

Always love a book that’s is set in a place I have visited or hope to visit. It’s not the first time that I have read a Rosanna Ley in fact I can remember the time and place it was Vence, summer 2017! …and that book was set in Cuba. I digress this book starts in […]

So Much Life Left over by Louis de Bernieres

It was the long avenue of palm trees on the cover of De Bernieres’ book that attracted me to hit the ‘listen’ button on my audiobook account. I recognised it as the Royal Botanic Garden, Peradeniya near Kandy, Sri Lanka. The story is set between the wars starting in Ceylon with references to the  Tea Industry, British Garrison Cemetery and […]

Visiting Rio de Janeiro Tips

Organise Sugarloaf Mountain tickets online before you travel. Buy a Gold ticket to bypass the lines. Keep valuables hidden or in a safe ….I was advised several times by locals to put phone or camera away when taking pictures. Beware some Caipirinhas are very strong! Take care when crossing the roads over to Copacabana beach. […]

Do you buy souvenirs?

………………..me ……………….only sometimes, if perhaps some small trinket catches my eye, is especially appealing or is likely to evoke a special memory. It has to be small as I’m unlikely to have much if any luggage space. I did buy a colourful mug in  Buenos Aires as the colours were bright and the mugs did not appear […]