10.2.14

Hello Rio (goodbye rain)


Finally I have managed to escape the cold and I am now in Rio de Janeiro where the sun is shining and the heat is on. But first let's rewind and travel here together. 


On Friday evening I had a nice meal with a couple of friends at Café bei der Giedel. We didn't stay out too late but I only managed to get up at 11 am on Saturday. I really wasn't in the mood for travelling. It was raining in Luxembourg and all I was looking forward to was the stopover in Paris where I was going to meet friends for dinner. 


As we were approaching Paris, the weather looked really promising. But not for long. 


It was also cold and rainy in the city centre. My friends had suggested to go for Indian food in rue Cail near the Gare du Nord. I had never been to this area and it reminded me a lot of Aldgate East in London. We had just enough time to have dinner and share a few laughs and then I headed back to the airport to catch my flight to Brazil. 


After 11 hours I landed in sunny Rio. 


On my way to the hotel, the cab driver pointed out the area where the Carnival is going to take place in a couple of weeks. 


The tall building is my hotel, where I got a room on the 16th floor. As you can see, it is right at the beach in Copacabana. 


Those who have been reading my blog for a long time, might have noticed that I am not really a beach person. I love travelling to big cities but getting grilled under the sun all day long is really not my thing. 


So why did you travel to Rio and book a hotel right next to the beach? Well, I thought that maybe it would make me appreciate something that I never have and I would enjoy it. But by just hanging out there for ten minutes, I knew that I would have to find other things to do during this week. 


I also felt very out of place as I was wearing a dress and not a bikini. I just snapped some pics and left. 



I tried to familiarize myself with the area and I was glad to find nearby supermarkets, restaurants and pharmacies. There is also a metro station not too far away and my plan is to explore different areas of the city. 


I had a nice mango juice (I was very impressed) and tuna sandwich at a corner juice bar.  

So I really hope that this week is going to go by smoothly and that I don't run into trouble! More updates to come. 

42 comments

  1. 11 hours in the plane? Oh my... But it seems Rio is worth such a long trip.

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  2. Hope you're having a wonderful time! I envy you having the sun on your skin - I can't remember what that feels like!

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  3. Hi Anouka! Im glad the flight is gone fine, must have been a very long journey! How exciting being there, why dont you stop first here and take me with you?:) The beach looks awesome, as well as the hotel. Looking forward to more updates. Have a fun! xo

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  4. Oh hello Rio! How cruel to end the post with probably the most delicious looking tuna sandwich ever :D

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  5. Can't wait to see more photos of Rio, it's somewhere I've always fancied going. I'm just back from Dubai & I must admit I hate coming back to the cold & rain after a week in the sun!
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  6. Your trip to Rio sounds so exciting! I can't wait to read more about the trip and the places you will visit. The mango juice and the tuna sandwich look so yummy. Enjoy darling xoxo ES
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  7. Wow, I envy you, the weather is so beautiful there! Have a great time, I am axious of your next post!

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  8. Enjoy your time in Rio!! :)

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  9. Look at all those palms there! I'm so jealous! I want not only to be there right now, but to live somewhere with palms, sea, sun and beach during the whole year! Looks great! Thanks for making us a part of your journey. Looking forward to see more pictures! Have fun!:)

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  10. wow amazing pictures! i wish i could go there one day!
    very nice blog by the way :)

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  11. very nice my dear!!!!!!

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  12. What a great way to begin your holiday with a stopover in Paris. I think many parts of Europe are suffering from constant rain (I know we are!) so it will be a treat for you to see the sun. It looks like you are already settling in. Looking forward to your updates.
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  13. I'm so excited to see more pictures and I know you will have such a wonderful time! I'm not a beach person at all, or maybe I just haven't tried…at least I used to be :)

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  14. wonderful photos! such a great place!
    happy day!

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  15. Hello Anouka...what a wonderful blue sky!!! Very nice pictures! You are very lucky...See you soon!

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  16. Ok, jealous here! The weather looks so lovely! I don't like hanging on the beach for long either. I prefer being active and seeing things. :) xx

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  17. Ohhh I'm so jealous! Bring us the sun in France please!!!!
    xoxo

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  18. The weather looks beautiful there! Its great to see Rio in your perspective. The beach is beautiful but like you, I am not one for lounging around in it. Excited to see the tourist spots you will visit. Enjoy sweetie!

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  19. I am a lot like you too, not a beach person! While I enjoy looking at it and also looking at other people on it, more than 10 minutes under the sun makes my skin screams for help. I hope you find something fun to do this week. How about snorkling? I have always wanted to do that. My fav thing about warm weather is not needing to wear socks! My toes can breath and I can enjoy wearing sandals lol :)

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    1. I am a bit too scared to go snorkelling... :)

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  20. Oh I would so like to be in Rio now.. tired of the rain and the cold and the mud. And all the boring grey everywhere...

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  21. So beautiful! I wish we had the same weather..I'm not really a beach person either. I think the last time I went on a "beachy" sort of vacation was when I was 8.
    Looking forward to more posts!

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  22. Jealous jealous jealous!
    Are you staying in Rio the whole time or will you go to any other places like Angra dos Reis or Buzios (heaven on earth)?
    Those juice bars are the best - you must try an açaí bowl !

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    1. I am going on a boat trip tomorrow, it will last the entire day... Can't remember where though :S
      I will look out for an acai bowl!

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  23. Looks like an amazing place! Hope that you are enjoying yourself.

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  24. omg such a beautiful view! im so jealous of you <3

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  25. Nice pics :) I would love to travel to Rio some day :)

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    Svetlana from Lavender Star

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  26. Honestly, this is a dream location! Now I can´t wait for my trip to Spain in August :D
    xx

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  27. OMG!! Take me with you haha! Enjoy babe! <3

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  28. Looks like a fun trip. Enjoy the sun, the beach, the views and the food. Take care.

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  29. beautiful photos, but I hope you have a good rest in your lovely trip!

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  30. Have a fantastic time Anouka!! The pictures are gorgeous :)

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  31. You are in Paradise ! Enjoy :)

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  32. Nice! That hotel, did you get ocean views? By that I mean a room, cos hot damn that'd be one AMAZING view!

    SDMxx
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  33. Super nice, i want to go to Rio too :)

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  34. LOVE this post and I wanna go to the SUN NOOWW haha :) I hope you had a lovely Valentines weekend.

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