A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

2018-05-10T20:23:05+00:00By |

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking …

Brazilian Samba Comes Low-key and Local in Copacabana

2014-09-24T08:56:52+00:00By |

We've heard a lot of live music during our two week stay in Rio de Janeiro – at bars, clubs, by the beach, and in the streets of this hip-swinging Brazilian city. It’s hard not to hear music in a city where nearly every cultural activity has a soundtrack! And that soundtrack typically comprises Brazilian …

Cooking in Rio — a Cooking Course with a Difference

2015-12-24T19:06:43+00:00By |

When we arrive at the compact, down-to-earth Copacabana eatery, Tasco de Lido, the other three couples in our cooking class are already chatting away cheerfully as they sip drinks. Bob Marley is blasting on the stereo and the restaurant’s vivacious owner and cooking school instructor Chef Simone Theisen is singing along as she preps for …

Rio de Janeiro’s Juice Bars

2014-09-24T09:00:58+00:00By |

Drinking a freshly-squeezed juice from one of Rio de Janeiro's juice bars, known locally as sucos bars is as much of a daily ritual for Cariocas as sipping coconut water beside the beach. There seems to be a juice bar on every block in Ipanema, their glass counters crammed with stunning displays of fruit and their …

Cariocas and their Coconuts

2018-05-11T15:58:03+00:00By |

The coconut is to a Carioca* what the baguette is to a Parisian. Okay, well, not quite. Rio de Janeiro’s locals don’t cycle along Ipanema beach with a coconut under their arm, nor will you see them munching into one (ouch!) as they walk home from work. But like the baguette in Paris the coconut …

Ipanema, Where Life’s a Beach

2014-09-24T09:03:45+00:00By |

One of the first things we do when we arrive at a new destination is explore our neighbourhood. Despite having done the long haul down to Rio de Janeiro from Costa Rica via Miami, it didn’t take us long to get out the door and down to the famous Ipanema beach. Our Ipanema apartment is …

Price Check: a Rio de Janeiro Shopping List

2018-11-26T11:50:08+00:00By |

This is our Rio de Janeiro shopping list, the latest in our Price Check* series. Rio de Janeiro is on par with Europe when it comes to shopping and is no longer the budget destination it once was when I visited (cough) a long time ago – at a time when Brazil’s famously fashionable Havaiana flip …

Our Rio de Janeiro Holiday Rental Apartment

2018-11-26T11:50:00+00:00By |

When HomeAway Holiday-Rentals asked us to include Rio de Janeiro on our Grantourismo itinerary and stay at this cute Ipanema apartment, we jumped at the chance. Terence had never been to Rio and I was keen to return to show him ‘my’ Rio. Movies and music brought me to Brazil the first time I visited …