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• Rio de Janeiro | Dinner at the FASANO al mare | FASANO Ipanema •

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FASANO al mare | Hotel FASANO
Av. Vieira Souto, 80
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22420-002
Phone: +55 21 3202 4000

I can’t even say how much I enjoyed going out for dinner in Rio. :) Those two luxurious dinners we had (find my post about our dinner at the “Mee” → here), were definitely two highlights of our vacation. Not just because it’s luxury, the food was simply delicious! And this is coming from someone who’s normally not very interested in Italian food (gosh, many people will think I’m crazy, right?). I don’t really care about pizza and pasta, but this time I wanted to give it a try, especially because the FASANO is known for its great food, including sea food. But if there’s something that I’m even less interested in, then it’s sea food (well, except for oysters, haha!) and cooked fish (but please give me anything raw – one day I’ll become a sushi myself!). So I chose a few classics from the Italian cuisine and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, this was one of the best dinners I ever had and I can definitely recommend booking a table and enjoying dinner at the “FASANO al mare” – maybe even the same dishes I had. ;)

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• Travel | Rio de Janeiro – #lugoesbrasil2015 •

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It’s not easy to write these words, but: I’m back, for quite some time already. And it’s not easy to write this because I had such a good time in Brazil, with my family. I’m back in Hamburg with lots of memories, pictures and (of course, I’m still a girl, right?) souvenirs. Not to mention my little food baby thanks to delicious fruits, meat and coconut water for days (months, years, forever!). As you know, this time I took my husband with me – for his first time in Rio de Janeiro and to finally meet my Brazilian family (and I’ve got a huge one!). I guess you could say that he’s now in love with another beautiful girl, the “Cidade Maravilhosa”, hometown of my mother and – even if I never lived there – city of my heart.
For my little travel story, I captured Rio’s beauty with the phone (switching between iPhone 4S, 5S and 6). First of all because I was pretty afraid of walking around the city with my expensive camera (thanks to the ever-increasing crime rate and widespread thievery), but also because it’s easy luggage. ;) So these are all Instagram snapshots and you can follow all pictures (who knows, maybe there will be more) I took in Brazil with the hashtag → #lugoesbrasil2015 (should have been #lugoesrio2015, but I spent one day in São Paulo for work and used the same hashtag last time – only with 2012 – so I just used it again). Anyway, I really hope that one day I will be able to see even more of Brazil, more cities, more beautiful scenery, more people. I don’t know when will be the next time, but I really hope that it won’t take too long. :)

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• Rio de Janeiro | Dinner at the “Mee” | Copacabana Palace •

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“Mee” | Copacabana Palace
Av. Atlântica, 1702
22021 Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Phone: +55 (21) 2548-7070
via online request

Back in Germany, it’s not only time to unpack the suitcases (check!) but also to remember the good times and incredible experiences we had in Rio de Janeiro. The city doesn’t only offer beautiful places but also great food (don’t miss the chance to eat your way through ALL of the fruits, and of course, if you love meat, you have to try a “churrasco”, for example at “Carretão” in Ipanema).
Since I was little, one of my biggest dreams has been to visit the hotel “Copacabana Palace”, THE legend of Rio and the place where all the rich and famous stay. The building is on Avenida Atlântica, the street running along the beach of Copacabana, and is definitely a gem – one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. Of course, I was very curious to see how it looked inside! So as we were on vacation, plus the exchange rate from euros to reais was pretty nice, we took our chance and booked a table at their Asian (actually Pan-Asian) restaurant “Mee”. There’s also a great Italian restaurant at the Copacabana Palace, the “Cipriani”, but as we already had dinner at the FASANO in Ipanema the night before (blog post coming!), we went for this exotic dinner. And we were pretty lucky that night – not only was the dinner extremely good, but we also had some famous company: thanks to “Rock in Rio”, there were some celebrities dining next to us – Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Tommy Lee, Guns N’ Roses,… (we probably just didn’t recognize the rest of them!). Pretty exciting, huh? :)

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• Have a break… •

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…have a vacation! :) Let’s just say that some time off has been much needed since I went on holiday 3 years ago (wow, time REALLY flies!). This year, I’m going back to Brazil, but this time I’m not alone. My husband and I are finally having our honeymoon (and again: time flies – we’ve almost been married for one year in September, isn’t this crazy?), he’ll get to know my Brazilian family and the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. I’m really thrilled and can’t wait to start this little adventure. It’s a lot of first times: our first flight together (unbelievable that we haven’t done this before!), our first vacation together ever (even more unbelievable, right?) and our first year as a married couple in a few days (not unbelievable but still crazy – and the best thing ever!).

My parents are so kind to take care of everything, including my baby boy Rico (gosh, I’ll miss my cat so much – every minute without him breaks my heart, but as I know that he’s in good hands, I guess I’ll have to let go and let my mother spoil him with lots of snacks and cuddles) – thank you so much, I know you’re reading this! ♥

Of course, I’m not leaving you, my dear readers, without having planned what’s happening on my blog during this time. I prepared a few posts for this time, but as I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get online in Brazil (at least, I hope that there won’t be any problems doing small stuff, but I don’t want to spend all my spare time in front of my laptop), I’ll be going down to one post per week instead of four. And if everything goes right, I’ll try to leave some “Postcards from Brazil”, some live updates, from time to time.

So: vacay mode on and off we go! See you again next month, everyone!

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