Today's Travel Meme: Brazil
Photo: Lisa Limer, Condé Nast Traveler
Brazil seems to be on everyone's mind these days. Well, maybe not everyone's, but certainly mine--and a couple of my favorite bloggers'. Perhaps the chill has left some of us longing for warmer climes, perhaps the perennial winter black uniform makes me ache for a more vibrant wardrobe; either way, I'm thinking of those girls from Ipanema.
First up, the Sartorialist. Fashion guy Scott Schuman recently took his blog to Rio de Janeiro, where he's shooting some colorful clothes and even more colorful people. (Case in point: Valentino in crisp seersucker, beachside.)
Another of my favorites, as you all know, Anthony Bourdain, peruses the streets of Sao Paulo's Liberdade neighborhood on his Travel Channel show, "No Reservations." Brazil hosts the largest number of Japanese outside of Japan, and its food is all the more interesting because of it. (Okay, this episode was from last year, but I was perusing Bourdain's Web site this morning and this clip jumped out at me. Who watches TV anymore, anyway? The Internet killed the video star.)
In Condé Nast Traveler's May issue, Anthony Chase felt the heat from Brazil's northeast coast. Here are some places to try. Boom Box man John Oseid wrote on the Daily Traveler about a legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter who just happens to moonlight as the country's Minister of Culture. And I showed some cachaça love. Twice.
I'm convinced I need a pre-holiday holiday in Brazil. All I need is a place to rest my feet--and my belly, after munching my way around town. Hotel Fasano, from our 2008 Hot List, is just the spot: Bedrooms face a private balcony with views across the street to Ipanema Beach and, courtesy of designer Philippe Starck, they have been outfitted in masculine leathers and lustrous tropical hardwoods.