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
Travel Pop Art – A regular month in the Life of Carlos Melia | Carlos Melia | The story of my life written with great passion and pleasure. Pop Art made out of Hotel Keys, my homes away from home. Thank you to the support of all independent and chain hotels around the world, always a pleasure to work with you all. CM
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….
GayTravel.com at Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Melia | GayTravel.com | Thank You GayTravel.com for reposting my comments on Rio de Janeiro and my fabulous last week stay in Brazil. See the full post at www.GayTravel.com. Adeus CM
My essence captured in one SHOT by Jurriaan Teulings | Florianopolis, Brazil | I have been photographed all over the world, by both professional and amateur photographers… but today I was surprised by a photo that, my personal friend and colleague Jurriaan Teulings, took of me at the Fish Market in Florianopolis, Brazil last week. Truly Jurriaan… first time in my life that I feel someone has captured the essence of who I am as a person and what I do in a PHOTO. !!! THANK YOU mate. Great spending time with you in Brazil. Till next Vodka Martinis together somewhere else in the world my friend. Check his website for more AMAZING shots around the world www.jurriaanteulings.nl. Thank you Jurriaan. CM
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.