72 hours in style at Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Melia | 429MAGAZINE | Dear followers, my weekly column contribution on Luxury Gay Travel for dot429 is out and online. Check it out. !!! This week on my personal experience of 72 hours in style at Rio de Janeiro. Next week stay tuned for my take on Puerto Rico and a special surprise. Till next week. For on the minute updates on my travels, subscribe to my Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Cheers CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Kayaking and Sandboarding in Florianopolis | Florianopolis, Brazil | I love outdoor sports, and anywhere I go in the world I go for it… Brazil was no exception. This time Kayaking and Sandboarding… and I was lucky enough to have my friend and colleague, the extraordinaire photographers Jurriaan Teulings to document this moments. He is so such and amazing photographer, that he even makes me look great….
The Focus Group Radio features Thailand with Carlos Melia | The Focus Group Radio | Tim Bennett and John Nash, Co- hosts of THE FOCUS GROUP at Sirius XM OutQ 108 interview Khun Srisuda Wanapinyosak – Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand New York Office and Carlos Melia – www.carlosmeliablog.com, during the course of the 29th IGLTA Annual Convention in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The Focus Group, an entertaining look at the out side of business, every Saturday morning LIVE at 11am EST, with a replay on Sunday’s at 10am. ( www.focusgroupradio.com ). Check the whole show featuring various destinations like Argentina, Manchester, among others. CM
Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | During the course of my city tour yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, we made a stop at one of the two iconic Carioca attractions. One, the Corcovado Christ Redeemer, and then, the Sugar Loaf “Pão de Açúcar”. Located at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay, same that the first portuguese settlers the 1st of January 1502. From there the name Rio de Janeiro, Rio (River) and Janeiro (January). When sailing across the Guanabara Bay, they though they were on the mouth of a river, and this happened in the month of January. The name Sugar Loaf, is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf.
Aerolineas Argentinas Club Economy aka Business Class | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Just arrived to Buenos Aires, all the way from Rio de Janeiro on Aerolineas Argentinas. I must say that although I would have hoped for more, I was quite happily surprised to see Aerolineas Argentinas back on track, with new aircrafts, new look on the crew and professionalized customer service from the moment of the Check IN and onboard. Why the service fell a bit short… read below.
Morning at the Pool of Hotel Santa Teresa by Veuve Clicquot | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Beautiful day in Veuve Clicquot Paradise, enjoying a sunny day in Rio de Janeiro at Hotel Santa Teresa. Definitely, a different experience to Rio de Janeiro, away from Ipanema and Copacabana. A la voter. !! CM
Corcovado Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Yesterday as part of my tour, I made a long stop at the stunning and iconic Corcovado Christ Redeemer at the top of Corcovado Hill (or Morro as locals call them) 700 meters. Corcovado, translates as hunchback. Considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world, made completely of soapstone, overlooking in the back to Tijuca Forest – the largest urban forest in the world, and to the front the Guanabara Bay. Breathtaking panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, overtaken by the presence of the majestic statue, which welcomes everyone to Rio de Janeiro and Brazil with wide open arms.
GPS Carlos Melia at Ipanema Beach Rio de Janeiro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | This afternoon after spending the full morning working, went out running to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather at the beach. From the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Copacabana, all the way down to Point 9 in Ipanema. See my video live from Ipanema Beach. Cheers CM
Rua Dias Ferreira Gourmet Hot Spot in Leblon | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | If you are looking for the best area for restaurants and gourmet experiences in Rio de Janeiro, then you must come to Rua Dias Ferreira in Leblon. The hot spot for restaurants, only a few minutes away from Copacabana or Ipanema. From sushi to italian and everything in between, there are options for all palates. Our choice for the night was Sushi Leblon, and indeed it was fantastic. But our local friend Bruno also highly recommended an alternative local Brazilian option – ZUKA. Worth trying. CM
Tourism Thailand and Carlos Melia at IGLTA Annual Convention | Florianopolis, Brazil | During the course of the 29th. IGLTA Annual Convention taking place all this week in Florianopolis, Brazil, Tourism Thailand New York office, hosted at Taiko Restaurant the international LGBT Media, Travel Agents and Tour Operators from around the world. The main purpose of this event was to present Thailand as the leading LGBT Friendly destination in Asia and to announce the launching of the dedicated LGBT Microsite for Thailand under the name of Go Thai Be Free (www.gothaibefree.com) to be online in just a few weeks.