After spending a week in Rio de Janeiro, Sergio and I packed up to drive to Paraty, Brazil – a Portuguese colonial town on the coast approximately 2.5 – 3 hours drive South from Rio de Janeiro. I plan to completely decompress by sleeping constantly, reading when I’m awake and doing nothing more strenuous than ordering a cold beverage from the beach.
This marks the last leg of the trip for Sergio and me before we drive back on Friday to fly back home to Boston. While I’m looking forward to returning home, I have to admit I’ll miss the sun and warmth. I’ll write more about that and my other adventures after I return home, but until then you can read about last year’s trip to Florianopolis, Brazil.
Praia Mole: Where the gays are
Jurere and Jurere International
Bistro Isadora Duncan Suite
Today is the first full day that I am in Rio de Janeiro. A couple from Boston arrives here later today, and we’ll spend the week hanging out and enjoying all that Rio can offer, but this morning Sergio and I will be down at the gay beach in Ipanema; just a short walk from the apartment we’ve rented. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Every large city has that one gay club that has been there forever and for Rio de Janeiro that is Le Boy. Anyone who spends any amount of time in Rio is bound to find themselves here.
I remember my first visit to this gay club nearly a decade ago. In pictures it is hard to distinguish it from any other gay nightclub but don’t let that fool you. Brazilians are quite good at having a fun night out and if you come to Rio a visit to Le Boy is definitely in order. We’ll be going here later this weekend and I’m looking forward to it.
I arrived in Belo Horizonte this past Saturday but today Sergio and I leave his family and head down to Rio de Janeiro for a week of fun in the sun. Rio is one of my favorite cities to visit, but I’ve not been here since the fall of 2008.
I’m looking forward to relaxing along Ipanema Beach and checking out what has changed since my last visit.
This afternoon I leave to fly to Brazil where I will meet up with Sergio in his hometown, Belo Horizonte. I’ll spend a few days with his family then early next week we’ll head to Rio de Janeiro.
I’ve missed you Rio. I’m looking forward to seeing you again.
Lonely Planet has named Brazil the most exciting place to visit in 2014, and I totally agree. Brazil is preparing for two of the world’s premiere sporting events, 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
In a little more than three weeks I will be flying back down to Brazil where I’ll spend a few days in Belo Horizonte to visit family. I’ll then fly over to Rio de Janeiro where Sergio and I will spend a week with a couple we’ve become friendly with over the past 18 months then just the two of us will drive down to Paraty; a Portuguese colonial village on the water three hours south of Rio for some rest and relaxation before heading home.
My trip to Florianopolis Brazil in 2012
Want to see what other destinations rounded out Lonely Planet’s top ten destinations to visit in 2014? Link here: Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014.
My connections to Brazil continue to grow stronger so I am only too happy to share what looks like a fun party that will take place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil this Saturday, October 12th at the Music Hall. Are you in Brazil or do you have friends there? Please feel free to share.
Di Latte (Milk) features four DJs: Danny Verde from Italy, Edu Quintas from The Week, ROBIX from Rio de Janeiro and ALESS from Belo Horizonte.
Pronounced Para-chee, this quiet coastal town just a few hours drive from Rio de Janeiro is where I will spend several relaxing days and nights after what I’m sure will be a fun week in Rio de Janeiro in late November / early December.
You may recall that last year’s trip to Brazil took me to Florianopolis or “Floripa” as Brazilians call it. I’ll have more to share about Paraty in the coming months and after I return but until then you can read about my trip to Florianopolis here:
Praia Mole: Where the gays are
Jurere and Jurere International
Bistro Isadora Duncan Suite
Are you contemplating a trip to South America’s largest (and in my opinion most beautiful) country? Have questions about Brazil? Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.
It is official, last week Sergio and I booked our tickets to Brazil and we will be returning to Rio de Janeiro in late November / early December for some rest and relaxation – and I can’t wait.
I have not been in Rio since 2008 and that is far too long to wait. Rio is one of the most amazing cities I’ve ever visited. This aerial photo over the shoulders of the Corcovado overlooking the city pretty much says it all doesn’t it?
Carnaval celebrations in Brazil start tonight and will conclude on Tuesday. Nowhere is the party more impressive than in Rio de Janeiro where according to Wikipedia, the festival brings out more than 2 million people everyday.
Year in rewind: BosGuy’s favorite posts from 2012
The photo below comes from my post, Praia Mole: Where the gays are. It is my favorite photo of Sergio and me in 2012 and precisely how I’d like to remember this year where so many good things happened.
Wishing you all the very best in 2013.
Here is a photo of my partner and me on vacation earlier this month in Florianopolis Brazil. I’ve been writing about the vacation not only to share with people who peruse this site but as a way to relive the time there. This is a photograph of the two of us on Praia Mole (Mole Beach).
I recently returned from a trip to Brazil, and the last two nights of my vacation were spent at the Renaissance Sao Paulo so I thought I’d share my thoughts about this Marriott property.
Americans accustomed to hotels in the United States will appreciate the comfort of the Renaissance Hotel as well as the location just a few blocks from Avenida Paulista and near the beautiful Jardins District. The rooms are well appointed and provide ample space as shown below. The higher rooms also provide amazing vistas to view Sao Paulo – one of the largest cities in the world.
The property offers a lot more than just a convenient and comfortable room. The hotel gym is large and has helpful staff as does the pool and spa and there are several restaurants and bars for you visit should you not want to leave the property.
There happens to be a Starbucks just a block away, but I would encourage you to visit the gay-friendly cafe next door, Fran’s Cafe, which also provides a great option for a quick breakfast or lunch if you are on the go. If you will need the Metro, the hotel is just a couple of blocks from the Consolação metro station.
Built into a small hill in the Barra de Lagoa neighborhood is the Bistro Isadora Duncan. Above the restaurant is a treetop suite that is partly indoors, partly outdoors and 100% private. Co-owned by a friendly gay couple, Greg & Amauri, this 5 room suite complete with stunning views and a large jacuzzi to enjoy them.
Bistro Isadora Duncan is convenient to the local gay beach, Praia Mole. I first learned about the bistro and it’s one room suite in an old Passport Magazine article you may read here. If you are contemplating a trip to Florianopolis, this might be a good option depending on what you expect from your lodging and what your budget is like.
View from Isadora Duncan Suite
Despite the suite’s proximity to Praia Mole it is still quite a leg work out to get there and is about a 20 minute walk. All the hills you must navigate if staying in this part of the island are offset by the spectacular views and the fact that each morning Greg brings a delicious breakfast up the spiral staircase that leads to the entrance of the suite so you’ll feel the need to burn off some of those calories.
The amount of food Greg’s partner, Amauri, prepares is nothing short of a feast. While the space is a little worn, it remains very comfortable. Adding to the convenience is the very quaint Bistro below you, which serves delicious, albeit pricey dinners (~$150 per couple). Never fear, cheap eats can be found next door at Pacai, which is open Wednesday through Sunday and at other cafes.
Travel Tips: Owners Greg and Amaury don’t speak English so practice your Portuguese to see if you can communicate or grab a Brazilian friend to help.
To access the suite you must walk up a spiral staircase that is at the top of a very steep hill – this can be tricky if you have lots of luggage or are lazy.
Lastly, it can be tricky using a credit card over the phone and reservations may take more time than you anticipate so be patient and plan accordingly.
Our visit to Brazil concluded with the final two days of our vacation in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo. This city lives in the shadow of the more famous, Rio de Janeiro, because it lacks the natural beauty that Rio is so blessed to have. However, I love this city of 12 million residents, which by the way makes it the largest city in the southern hemisphere.
The key to having a good time in Sao Paulo is having someone to show you around, because the size of this city makes it too large for a tourist to wrap their head around. Previously, we’ve hit the clubs – Sao Paulo is home to my favorite gay club called The Week, but this was a more relaxing visit spent eating and visiting with friends and family.
Paulista’s (a resident of Sao Paulo) are famous for their many delicious pizzerias and thousands of pizzas are made and consumed each night in this sprawling urban jungle. On this trip we enjoyed the fantastic restaurants in the trendy Jardins District near our hotel including a pizzeria on Saturday night called Pizza na Mao.
Should you be planning a trip to Brazil and have any questions about Sao Paulo or another area definitely give me a shout and I’ll be happy to share what I know.