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Jardim Botânico - Rio de Janeiro

Monday, 21 September 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
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The very beautiful Jardim Botânico.

Cristo Redentor - Rio de Janeiro

Monday, 21 September 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
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A statue of Christ the Redeemer can be seen from just about everywhere in Rio, peeking through the clouds and buildings all over the place.

We took the train to the peak, and just in the nick of time. Just after we got there the clouds folded in and didn't clear again.


Ipanema Beach - Rio de Janeiro

Friday, 18 September 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
Flight to Rio! Finally!

We travelled with Bud's friend Nam and her family, Matt, Natasha, Victoria, and Alex. The girls are perfectly matched in ages and we hit the beach immediately (as soon as we could untangle ourselves from the overly chatty AirBnB host).

The two mountains in the background are Dois Irmãos - The Two Brothers. Similar to the famous Sugarloaf mountain further around in Rio...

Museu do Futebol - São Paulo

Saturday, 12 September 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
The Museum of Football was surprisingly good. Not something I would have chosen to go an see on my own, we found ourselves there because friends staying with us had interest.

The museums use of multi-media and exhibits was the best I've seen in many Museums. I particularly like the hall of world cup dates - images from the world cup, but also what was happening elsewhere in the world at the same time for context. Wonderful.

Assumption of Mary, São Roque

Saturday, 15 August 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
While we didn't know it, but the 15th and 16th August is a Catholic religious holiday - the Assumption of Mary / Assunção de Maria. We had wandered into town in search of a coffee, and instead found the town awash in well dressed and happy people covering the streets in beautiful artworks and going to the large church in the centre of town.

Mountain Ski Park, São Roque

Friday, 14 August 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
The girls really enjoyed the Mountain Ski Park. They were a little small still for toboggan and ski lift, but they still had a good time.

Isabella did the tree walk (avorismo) and they both enjoyed the mock ice-skating ring.

Horse Riding, São Roque

Friday, 14 August 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
After the morning at the Mountain Ski park, we returned to the hotel to catch the horse riding for the girls, and after we hit the pool for a relaxing Vinho Verde while the girls had a swim.

Hotel Alpino,Sao Roque

Thursday, 13 August 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Brazil / Sao Paulo
A mini break to São Roque, a small town about 60kms from São Paulo. A very pleasant and short drive. The Hotel Alpino is old and quaint and quiet, set on large grounds surrounded by pine trees that are at least 25 years old.

Mini Pattaya

Friday, 24 July 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Thailand
A park full of miniature monuments, buildings and architecture from around the world. A world trip in a couple of hours!

The Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya

Friday, 24 July 2015 | link | tag | / Trips / Thailand
A huge temple built entirely of wood and filled with intricate wood carvings. Construction started in 1981 - its 34 years old and still has 20 years to go.

Built in 4 styles, Thai, Combodian / Myanmar, Indian, and Chinese.

Amazing from the outside and breathtakingly huge on the inside. The level of detail and workmanship is remarkable.