It’s a Wonderful life…had a WONDERFUL weekend!

We are back from spending a lovely weekend in Rio. Once and awhile it’s really nice to take a couple days to relax where you don’t really have a specific agenda or have to be anyplace at a certain time! And it’s a good thing because this weekend it was cRaZy busy in Rio! I used to think Bridgewater and Halifax were busy at Christmas time…that was before we started traveling to these cities that have millions of people!

Traffic into Rio
Traffic into Rio

Everything looks VERY Christmasy in the city! It was so nice to wander around the malls, browsing the shops, taking pics of Christmas decor, enjoying some tasty food and of course Starbucks holiday drinks. I don’t know why the only kind you can get in these international cities is the  Cranberry Vanilla Chocolate. It was the same in China last year. I would love a good Candycane drink!

Starbucks treats! YUM
Starbucks treats! YUM

We stayed at the beautiful Windsor Palace Hotel in Copacabana. I love these places that are just a street away from this World’s famous beach! We spent a little time at the beach Saturday afternoon. It was a hot day and the beach was packed!

Saturday evening we went to Leblon Mall and on our way back we stumbled across a beautiful Santa’s village  close to Leblon Shopping. This was such a beautiful display of art! There were many displays of ” the meaning of Christmas” and a place where you could vote for your favorite. David & I just had fun looking at all the creations. Some very elaborate and some simple.

We also made sure we went by the Lagoa to view the World’s Largest Floating Christmas Tree. The metal tree is 85-metres high and is as tall as a 28-storey building. We saw it being assembled a few weekends ago when we were in Rio with Andrew & Kristina and so we wanted to see it in all it’s glory. I didn’t realize that it is actually the World’s Tallest of it’s kind!

The 17th Bradesco Seguros Christmas Tree was built by Brazil’s largest insurance company and weighs a staggering 542 tons. With this year’s theme ‘Christmas Around the World, more than a million people are expected to  view the structure before the lights are turned off January 6th.

We had a relaxing evening and even had time to enjoy some sparkling cider and Brazilian made truffles. Oh…they are so good and we will be bringing some of these to Canada in our suitcase!

Sunday morning we enjoyed checking out a wonderful produce market. Fresh fruit and veggies, meats and fish! Ahh…I wish I lived close by because everything looked terrific.

There was a 10k run at Copacabana beach Sunday morning so the area had a lot of extra people hanging around. It was interesting to watch all the goings on with this event and it really made David wish he had known about it before so he could have registered. We’ll have to see what’s happening in the new year.

Love the hair! CRAZY!!!
Love the hair! CRAZY!!!

We walked further down the beach and they are already at work gearing up for the big New Year’s party at Copacabana Beach. It is held every year outside the Copacabana Palace Hotel, the hotel where all the big name stars stay when they are in Rio. The stage for entertainment is in the process of being built with a catwalk from the hotel across the road and beach to the stage. It looks like it will be quite a celebration! Too bad we won’t be here for it.

The Sunday Hippie Fair in Ipanema is a favorite. We will even drive to Rio on a Sunday just to go to the fair. We were able to finish up all our Christmas shopping there and decided to go to Outback Steakhouse for a lovely meal before heading home to Resende. Outback has such delicious food and it seems as though no matter what time of the day or night you go, there is ALWAYS a wait! This time it took 90 minutes to get a table!

We had a relaxing couple of days, shopping is complete, and now we just have to find room in our suitcases to get everything to Canada. This week David is working 4-12 so he is around during the day…so maybe we’ll enjoy some pool time!

Have a great week everyone!

Christmas in Rio!
Christmas in Rio!

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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