Down in Brazil

IMG_1663 IMG_1659{Leme, Rio de Janeiro}

Don’t you absolutely love the lyrics to this Michael Franks song…
“Down in Brazil
It takes a day to walk a mile
Time just stand still
And when the people you meet look at you they smile
They still believe in style
They serve you with their sambas ’til
You really know you’re down in ol’ Brazil…” {Down in Brazil on the album Sleeping Gypsy by Michael Franks}

IMG_3788 IMG_3787Treats from Colombo’s Quaint Confectionery
Our reporters enjoyed sweet treats after a day of tanning on the beach and site-seeing so, they headed to Colombo’s confectionery for cool drinks and a few melt in your mouth pastries…look at these tarts!

IMG_1669A couple of marmosets were spotted, which are very small monkeys with relatively long tails. Native to east-central Brazil’s semi-deciduous forest, but also live within the city limits of Rio.

IMG_1677Rio de Janeiro {City}
The second largest city in Brazil and the most visited in the southern hemisphere. Best known for its beaches, carnivals, soccer and the most rhythmic music; I cannot get enough of Brazilian jazz and continue to add to my playlist.

Travel stylishly,

Season of Carnivals

IMG_0601 IMG_1646 Carnival is a time of wild excesses, along with the breaking of norms for the vast consumption of food, liquor and partying before the austerity of Lent. A time when the populace takes to the streets wearing masks and costumes, partaking in the freedom from religious or political constraints, and a time for delightful parody and satire to be expressed at it’s finest.

This festival has been around since the Middle Ages and is still celebrated in Europe and South America preceding Ash Wednesday. Known in France and New Orleans as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, everyone enjoys beignets and beads; while in Rio the street bands play raucous music with people sambaing and drinking mojitos on every corner, as they wait for the ball at the Copacabana hotel, and lastly in Venice the masked are celebrating with the hopes of being invited to their local palazzos for the party of the year!!!

So, whatever your preference is globally, enjoy one of these galas… or all!!

-Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 17th
-Venice Carnavale on January 31st– February 17th
Rio Carnival on February 13-17th

Celebrate stylishly,