Mengo Palace Hotel
Travel Blogs from Rio de Janeiro
... nice to be with someone who speaks Portuguese so that Sam could take a break from yelling at people in Spanish and hoping they get it. We learned many interesting things from Brandon while watching Mexico scrape out a victory against Cameroon, including: - Brazilians LOVE giving the thumbs-up, which is great because so do the Golds. - Don't make an "okay" symbol with your hand in Rio. Just don't. - If you're a woman, here's how to have a conversation with a man in a ...
... also maintain a ledge where they can place pieces of wood, if necessary, to create different levels. This is especially important if more than one person is being buried at once.
Funerals are held at the cemetery - not in a church - and the burial takes place immediately after the small service. The rooms at the cemetery are plain, with no indication of any religious affiliation. The family of the deceased will come ...
... yes out of a car boot...not the wisest choice of food but I lived to tell the tale.
Fit soldiers - conveniently sat on the lap of a Brazilian soldier in army cadet uniform on a bus and then followed him and his fellow fitties around doing laps of Lapa for the rest of the night....Mmmmm num num num num!
Carnival kisses - ample shall we say but I will never marry a Brazilian if they all kiss like that...flaming hoover mouths!
Sambered with a man with a dark ...
... and financial hub has all the trappings of a bustling, modern city. But peer beneath the veneer of skyscrapers and traffic-clogged boulevards and you find the early roots of Rio. A more modern monument, Rio's cathedral, built between 1964 and 1979, is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro. Also, home of some of cool live music venues like Trapiche Gamboa in Gamboa, the neighborhood considered as the birth place of samba. ...
... in Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon before making the journey up one of the many slopes of Rio to the favela of Rocinha. Like many juxtapositions of Rio the favela starts almost where an exclusive suburb ends. Rocinha is reported to be the largest favela in the world and home to some one hundred and fifty thousand people. In recent times many improvements have taken place including new fresh water plumbing, hospitals, schools and a much stronger police presence. Our tour dropped ...
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