Category Archives: Brazil

Municipal law number 6556

BrazilWhen I checked into my room at the Ibis Savassi Hotel in Belo Horizonte Brazil I found this note near my bed.  I didn’t recall the amenities list for Ibis including prophylactics. It made me wonder what kind of public uproar would exist in the US if such a municipal law existed here.

Men of Rio de Janeiro

All week long I’ve been posting about my recent trip to Brazil. I still have more posts to share that I’m saving for next week, but I think it is fair to say that this is likely to be my most popular. Which one of these guys is your favorite?

Men of Rio

Men of Rio

Men of Rio

Men of Rio

Men of Rio

Paraty – Brazil

ParatyParaty, Brazil is a tiny coastal Brazilian town, approximately 4 hours south of Rio de Janeiro. Sergio and I decided to make a road trip for a few days to this historic town known for its Portuguese colonial architecture.

Paraty, BrazilThe streets of Paraty date back to the mid to late 1600’s and provide a romantic backdrop to the green, lush mountains and blue/green waters of the South Atlantic. In addition to walking the stone paved streets of Paraty, one should hire a boat to see some of the many beautiful islands and beaches that are just a quick boat ride away.

Paraty BrazilOur slow moving but comfortable boat that provided ample shade to keep my pale skin from blistering from the unyielding sun, while we cruised around the harbor for more than 5 hours one day. Below are a few photos of Paraty and our boat ride.

BosGuy in Paraty

Paraty, Brazil

Paraty Brazil

Paraty, Brazil

Paraty Brazil

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema

I feel as if the board of tourism for Rio should offer me a free stay at The Copacabana Palace for all the hype I’m providing this city, but I love Rio and can’t help myself.  Rio de Jaeneiro has no shortage of famous, beautiful beaches, but I tend to spend most of my time at the gay section of Ipanema Beach.  I feel more comfortable here and the people watching is great.  Last week at this time, my butt was firmly planted on the sand of Ipanema Beach.  Here are a few photos of me relaxing with Sergio and friends at Rio’s gay beach.

The Maverick Men

Sergio on Ipanema Beach

Ipanema BeachIf you have an upcoming trip to Rio de Janeiro or travel to Brazil planned, feel free to reach out to me.

Copacabana

Copacabana Beach RioPerhaps the most famous beach in Rio de Janeiro is Copacabana. The beach offers spectacular views of one of Rio’s most famous sites, Sugar Loaf. The 4 kilometer long beach (~2.5 miles) is one of my favorites. I’ve included a few photos to give you a glimpse of this beautiful beach.

Sugar Loaf Rio de Janeiro

The large ‘rock’ in the background is Sugar Loaf.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

The black and white swirl you see behind Sergio on the sidewalk represents two rivers from the Amazon that Copacabana Beach has adopted as its own.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Not exactly an image of Copacabana beach but representative of what you’ll see.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Giant sandcastles that span 10′ proudly display some of Rio’s most famous sites.

Dining in Rio de Janeiro

BrazilHaving just returned from spending two weeks in Brazil, I thought I’d share some thoughts about dining in Rio de Janeiro. The biggest difference I’ve noticed since my last visit is that prices have risen dramatically.  Kilogram restaurants (places where you pay by the weight of food on your plate) continue to be the most affordable.  Of all the kilogram restaurants my favorite remains, Frontera on Visconde de Piraja in Ipanema (approximately 2 blocks from the gay beach in Rio).

Le Ble NoirFor a nicer option check out a French creperie in Copacabana called Le Ble Noir on Rua Xavier da Silveira. The over sized crepes are delicious and is worth trying.

Confeitaria Colombo in Rio is in some ways what Cafe du Monde is to New Orleans.  In recent years they have opened a second location at the Fort in Copacabana Beach called “Cafe do Forte” near Posto 6 (where Copacabana ends and just before Ipanema). Making reservations and requesting an outdoor table for brunch or dinner will afford you fantastic views of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf.

Zaza Bistro Tropical Rio de JaneiroA popular option in Ipanema is Zaza Bistro on Rua Joana Angélica.  I first ate here about 4 years ago and when I asked friends in Rio for dining suggestions for this trip, Zaza was repeatedly mentioned.

There also remain a handful of restaurants two blocks from the gay beach in Ipanema on Farme de Amoeda; starting with Si Senor, Cafeina, Rota 66 (Route 66), and To Nem Ai. Cafeina makes for a good breakfast option but for the most part the food at these places is best not discussed. To Nem Ai is  the most popular for grabbing a drink after the beach, to people watch or start your evening.

For additional tips about dining in Brazil contact me directly and I’ll be happy to provide additional insight.

Tchau Rio de Janeiro

BrazilAfter spending nearly two weeks in Brazil, Sergio and I are heading back to Boston (please don’t be cold, please don’t be cold…) It has been fun and I look forward to writing more about the vacation.