On the Red Carpet at the Premiere

How to Be a Carioca recently debuted as a series on Star Plus at the 25th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. I am gobsmacked! To be at the premiere, seated in the majestic Odeon Theater in downtown Rio de Janeiro with a standing-room-only crowd, watching the whimsical little book I created decades ago come […]


50 Essential Must Dos While in Rio

If you think Rio de Janeiro is only beaches, think again! Museums, parks, bars, waterfalls, hikes, music… the list of what to do while in Rio is infinite. It’s not by chance that Rio’s nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa. It’s a city that embraces diversity and offers activities for all tastes and styles. Being a pseudo […]


Carioca Tip of the Day

How To Survive Your First Churrascaria Rodízio Experience A favorite among the meat-loving Cariocas, these round robin steak houses offer you the unique opportunity of eating all the meat you can stuff inside yourself for one set price. It’s traditional not to eat for the entire day, and then go to a rodízio and gorge. […]


The Best Brazilian Beaches: Why are They So Special?

Sparkling sand, translucent water, stunning natural beauty, coupled with year round sunshine and a unique atmosphere that is pure magic. Brazil and beaches go hand in hand like Havaianas, caipirinhas and beautifully golden-tanned bodies. With thousands of pristine, unspoiled beaches nestled within nearly 8 thousand km of breathtaking tropical coastline, Brazil is the sun worshiper’s […]


Five Astonishing Brazilian Landscapes

If you think that Brazil consists only of sultry white sand beaches and palm trees, think again! Home to some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, come to Brazil and you’ll also discover majestic mountains, dense Amazonian jungles, rain forests, rivers, waterfalls, sand dunes, swamp lands and more. After all, it’s a country so large […]


São Conrado: Stuck in Paradise

When I speak of São Conrado, I become a woman possessed. As a child I considered São Conrado beach entirely mine, for it was here, when the sands were deserted, where I played hide and seek with the crystalline ocean waves that caressed the fluffy sand dunes, which at that time were embraced by the […]


Xmas in Rio: Where Santa Wears Havaianas

If you dream of spending your winter holiday languishing on a gorgeous beach sipping a fresh coconut rather than cozying up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, then Christmas in Rio is for you! Granted, due to the exotic tropical atmosphere and the scantily dressed locals, it may not look like ‘tis […]