Recap: Weekend in Rio

So, I had a little getaway to Rio this weekend. I won't lie - it was awesome. Weather was awesome, being a kid-free adult was awesome, doing whatever we wanted was awesome. Ben travels a lot for work, and doing the single-parent thing while he's gone is rough. It helps to make up for it, though, when we get the rare opportunity to recharge on our own. The Recap...

When I arrived (Ben was already there), I was amazed at the view from our room - Copacabana Beach.
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Ha! That would've been more than rad - that was the view from the restaurant.

THIS was the view from our room - not shabby - see the full moon rising?
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We toasted our weekend with a starter of pineapple and berry caiprioskas (caiprinhas made with vodka)
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...and proceeded to get just toasty enough to brave a (dark and fuzzy) pic of the zealous couple next to us at dinner
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Saturday morning, we walked all along the famed Ipanema beach and its charming neighborhood. I think we walked for more than two hours, so I justified the whale's worth of sushi I ingested for lunch.
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Later, we took a tour of Pão de Açúcar (The Sugar Loaf) mountain via one of these...
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The views of the city and beaches are great...
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(Someone knows how to live well - I need them as friends)

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...but I'm much happier on terra firma, with a mid-afternoon espresso
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Saturday night: Date Night. (We'll forgive Ben his shoes...this time)
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Dinner overlooking the city. I think he was trying to seduce me ;)
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...by ordering drinks
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The food was as good as the view - dessert, phenomenal. I'll be working off the food from this weekend for the next two weeks. *sigh*
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Sunday morning was all about the Ipanema Hippie Fair - an art, artisan, and craft show. It's always a must-do when I visit Rio. I considered this cowhide, but it wasn't quite right...
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Totally bummed I forgot to go back and buy one of these leather cuffs
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The folk art scene is always interesting and lively
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We've eyed these chairs the last couple of times we've seen them. They have a large selection of leather or hide "inserts," and they're amazingly comfortable.
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We couldn't decide on a pattern, or where we'd put the chair, so we passed. All in all, it was a very uneventful shopping trip. We didn't even bring home a small painting, but that's fine by me, since I finally snagged this Michelle Armas this morning.

graphite by Michelle Armas
Relish "Graphite," but don't covet - she's spoken for.

And, your weekend was????