Three historic cafes in Buenos Aires

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Cafe Tortoni La Biela If I had to choose I couldn’t, each of these grand old ladies served us well in authenticity and food. Buenos Aires is an elegant city and these cafes contribute to an old fashioned slightly European charm that Buenos Aires imbues. When the feet become tired and the throat needs […]

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 […]

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 […]