Happy Halloween!!!

For those who might think that in Brazil  we don’t celebrate Halloween, this is starting to change! Little by little, we start to see Halloween parties and kids wearing costumes on the October 31st!

Today we had a lot of fun in a Halloween party organized by  parents of my son’s friends.  Take a look at those pictures, would you imagine that it took place in Rio?

Happy Halloween!!!IMG_2036 IMG_2040 IMG_2014

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Parque Lage

Sometimes I get surprised with myself and cannot understand why  some places in Rio wasn’t part of my childhood.

Parque Lage is one of those places.  When I was a kid, on Sundays my parents used to take the three of us ( I have a brother and a sister) to Aterro do Flamengo to play or ride our bikes while they read the newspaper. I loved to go there but now I admit that I would like to have known Parque Lage when I was a kid.  In a way to compensate this, I started visiting this beautiful park after having my son, and now it is one of the places I really like to go with him.

Although we don’t go too much there anylonger, as we are always preferring to go to the beach, I have been there twice in the last two months. Once, when my sister Quiqui and her family where in Rio visiting us, (check here for her pictures for that day), and the last time, was a couple of weeks ago with my son and his little friends.

Parque Lage is the perfect place to go with kids of any age. They have a playground that can entertain the youngests, but they have so many other attractions for kids of any age, and even for adults. Visiting the caves, walking the trails and making picnics will entertain the whole family. It is also a very beautiful location for a photo shoot and we usually see many photographers and their models shooting in the gardens of Parque Lage. And the best part is to be able to enjoy nature and breath some fresh air in the middle of the city.

Another thing I love about Parque Lage is that as it hosts an art college (EAV – Escola de Artes Visuais) there is always some art exhibition going on inside the mansion of the park.

Inside the mansion, there is also a small coffee shop, which usually is very crowded during the weekends.

But my tip for those who would like to visit Parque Lage is to bring your own snack and make a nice picnic while relaxing in one of the rest areas.

If you are in Rio and plan to visit it, than let me know what did you think!

IMG_1773 IMG_1780 IMG_1826 IMG_1828 IMG_1832 IMG_1847 IMG_1858 IMG_0964 IMG_0968To learn a little about Parque Lage’s history visit its webpage.

Parque Lage – Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 -Jardim Botânico -Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Daily , 8 am to 5 pm

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art


Installation at Copacabana Beach, a couple of weeks ago

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Refraction


This is my entry for the theme of this weekly photo challenge.
I was walking by the beach sidewalk and when I realized the sea was on this building window.

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Restaurante Gaivota, Homemade food in Buzios

IMG_1571 IMG_1561 IMG_1560 IMG_1567 IMG_1568 IMG_1569Sometimes when you are travelling, finding a place to eat that tastes like home can be quite difficult. But in Búzios, this beach town in the state of Rio, to where we go for weekend getaways once in a while, we have already found the perfect place to eat healthy and fresh home-made food tasting like home.

We go to Restaurante Gaivota for quite a long time. It is amazing how this modest family restaurant still remains offering the same standard of delicious food for years. There is no sophistication there.  Just some tables covered with plastic towels, attentive service, fair price and fresh food is enough to keep us faithful to this place over the years.

This last visit was a couple of weekends ago. We were arriving in Búzios by lunchtime after a 3 hour ride from Rio de Janeiro and it looked just perfect to make a pit-stop at Restaurante Gaivota for lunch, before we go to the inn we were staying.

Restaurante Gaivota is located near Geribá Beach, our favourite beach to stay in Búzios. So whenever we go to Buzios we always go there to have the same delicious meal, “Cação” Fillet (“cação” is the commercial name for small shark in Brazil) sided by rice and beans, french fries and salad. They have many options in their menu but  we just order the same dish every time! We just like to keep the tradition!

They like to keep things simple and you won’t find their website or Facebook page, because they just don’t have it. But believe me, if you are planning to visit Buzios, Gaivota is totally worth the visit! Try it and then let me know what did you find!

To know other people’s opinion check some comments on Tripadvisor.

Restaurante Gaivota – Rua Virginia, 24 , Búzios, Rio de Janeiro



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