3.24.2015

Keeping It Real In Rio

I've always wanted to go to South America and "I'm livin' the dream" (tagging along on my husband's business trip).
First stop, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This was the view of Copacabana Beach from our hotel.  In our first room, our air conditioning didn't work (it's HOT here) and it was a bit of a hassle to get a better room.  But once we did, the view, fancy breakfast buffet (included) and flowers made up for it.
They speak Portuguese.  I don't, but enjoy "winging it" with Spanish, French and English mixed with sign language.  I was told to wear only costume jewelry...why take any chances?  It feels funny without my wedding ring.
  But, I have been sporting this J. Crew Factory necklace.

The first day we went to the beautiful Botonical Gardens.



And did a little shopping.  They make my favorite flip flops in Brazil.
 We took a tour to the top of Sugar Loaf and the Corcovado where the Christ the Redeemer statue sits.  
It was a rainy day but still spectacular. It seems wherever you are in the city, you see Jesus.


Unfortunately, we've already had fraudulent activity on our Mastercard.  However, Mastercard declined those charges.  But now we can't use the card.  We've only used it three places in Brazil. People we are with (who come to South America often) say this is a common occurrence for travelers.  I guess it's better to use cash but who wants to carry that around? 


Now we are in Argentina in a cool hotel with lots velvet partitions and original art.
Buenos Aires has a European and cosmopolitan flair.  I will have more interiors in my next post.

I'm not sure that Chief is missing us much while he is hanging out with Mom B (fyi, our daughter, Alie, wants to be called Alexandra now).  Glad he is feeling better though.

20 comments:

  1. Looks amazing! What a wonderful trip. I can't believe that about your credit card! Stay safe my friend! I'm sure Chief is missing you but looks like he's livin large visiting Newport with Alexandra. (I can see why she wants to be called her full name....it's very beautiful)
    xo
    annie

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  2. SO jealous! I lived there when I was young and we went to Rio on our honeymoon...a beautiful and vibrant city. You do though have to be ever so careful..we learned that the first day there. The people are amazing and so warm and positive fun loving energy is contagious. Isn't Buenos Aires incredible??? I so wish I could go back, love both of those cities..and the food, YUM! Did you have Guarana yet (the soft drink)? So happy I went to Corcovado when I was young...would never be able to get in that cable car now, lol. Enjoy and safe travels!!

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    1. I haven't tried the Guarana... the Malbec has been great though! You are so right about the friendliness in South America!!! I was kinda scared going up on the gondola, too...nervous stomach. But it was worth it!

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  3. How fun to have been in Rio! Your photos are wonderful and can't wait to see and read more about your fabulous trip! Travel safe!
    xo Gail

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    1. Thanks, Gail. I still wish you would start a blog!

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  4. How fun. Well, not the MC getting hacked! Bummer

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  5. I'm so glad that you're sharing your trip (here and on Instagram). I'm loving it! Thank you.

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  6. Too bad about the card, but so excited for you! I also dream of going to that part of the world someday! Enjoy! Can't wait to see more pics!

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  7. Mary Ann, I sympathize about the MC! Someone tried to use my Amex card in Brazil to buy a Kia car. Can you believe it, trying to charge a car? They didn't get by with it, thank goodness. Love your photography! Karen L.

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  8. How exciting, Mary Ann. I hear it is such a vibrant and wonderful place to go - can't wait to hear all about it!!

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  9. I keep looking for the LIKE button on every picture! We need to add that to blogs. What an amazing trip you get to take. Enjoy it to the fullest.
    Sharon
    The House of Hampton

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  10. Your photos are beautiful, the views spectacular! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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  11. Oh my gosh - this looks like the trip of a lifetime - such fabulous scenery! Glad you're having a great time (and that your cutie Chief is too!)

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  12. What a dream trip, truly Maryann! Enjoy this fabulous vacations and setting!!
    See you soon!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    A New Gallery in Town!

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  13. Woo Hoo! You go, girl. My husband used to travel to great places. That's the way to live. Have fun.

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  14. I enjoyed your pictures from Rio. My husband and I honeymooned there 29 years ago this week!

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  15. Looks like you're having the best time there! Love the photos!

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  16. Awwww.....that picture of "Chief" is priceless.....

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