Rio and beauty

Rio’s beauty dazzles us even before we land at Galeão airport. From the air, this Brazilian city of 8 million people looks spectacular – the blue waters of the Atlantic shining under the intense tropical sun, the white sand of the coastline contrasting with the lush green mountains, and – on top of the highest peak – a colossal statue of Christ, the Corcovado, blessing … Continue reading Rio and beauty

The princess who wouldn’t be queen

Few countries have a history as rich as Portugal’s, even fewer are home to such unique cultural traditions. A superpower in the 15th and 16th centuries – thanks to the wealth brought by colonies around the world – Portugal erected some of the most magnificent palaces, churches and monasteries of Europe. The Portuguese people also have the oldest nation-state in Europe – with the same … Continue reading The princess who wouldn’t be queen

Tango in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world – cosmopolitan, charming, with world-class hotels, restaurants and shopping, it is where the South American culture meets its European roots. Buenos Aires also offers the same cultural variety of cities like London, New York or Paris – for a fraction of the cost. The exchange rate (as of November, 2008) was 3 Argentine pesos … Continue reading Tango in Buenos Aires