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Surf, Samba and Shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro

Sun, sand, sea, “fio dentals” (dental floss, the local lingo for scanty bikinis)! From our first taxi-window glimpses as we roll along the streets siding Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Rio de Janeiro shouts “resort city”! After stowing our luggage in our hotel room we hastily don our “fuller” bathing suits, and walk the length of Ipanema with its profusion of umbrellas and bronzing bodies. Further back from the water volleyball players show off their finesse (or not), and beach shacks spill over with folks imbibing or snacking. We feel the vibes of this “cidade maravilhosa” (marvelous city in Portuguese) as it is known to “cariocas”, the people who live in Rio. The next day we check out Copacabana under Sol’s brilliant rays, then it is back to Ipanema, but this time our mission is to stake out a spot for our rented umbrella and loungers…and to swelter in the glorious…

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Sao Paulo Brazil’s Bustling Beat

Our first Sao Paulo venture is along skyscraper-studded, Paulista. This financial/shopping district avenue has it all! A blitz of restaurants and cafes, shops of every description, a sizable upscale mall and plenty of ATM’s to replenish one’s cash-stash. Vehicles race along Paulista’s eight lanes; bike lanes are packed with whizzing cyclists. We join the throng…

Our Antarctica Expedition

“Otherworldly” comes to mind as we gaze upon the dramatic landscape of Antarctica – gargantuan glaciers, cliffs draped in ice and snow with coal black rock protruding through, flat areas and hills blanketed in stark whiteness. Icebergs shimmer aqua and turquoise under sombre skies and glisten in glaring white brilliance when old sol makes an…

How to Travel with Carry-on ONLY

Published in Europe Up Close Whether travelling for long periods, through several countries, or just going for a week; we only travel with carry-ons. My husband Rick and I travel consecutively for many months annually, visiting a number of countries, hence numerous flights. Regardless of the length of these travel-stints (our last one entailed 25…