Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Carnival in Rio

Camille and I were in Rio de Janeiro for the weekend, which kicked off the big 4 day pre-Lenten party. Saturday night in Ipanema Beach was the biggest street party I'd ever seen, with probably more than a million people out drinking, listening to music and wearing some of the most bizarre costumes imaginable.

On Sunday, we went to the Christ the Redeemer statue, along with 100,000 or more other tourists that day (including Kimye). It was a crazy weekend, but having grown up in New Orleans and gone to countless Mardi Gras there, I'd always wanted to see carnival in Rio. Given Rio's notorious crime problem, I actually felt safer on the streets there as compared to New Orleans. Oh, and Camille was back at school by Monday morning with a lot of stories to share!

'Selfie' at Leblon Beach
At the biggest party on earth
Yeah, everyone does it!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Paris - Mid Winter

Another dark and rainy winter day in the City of Light. I emerged from the Concorde Metro station and the late afternoon light made for some nice pictures.

Panorama across Rue de Rivoli

Place de la Concorde