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Colourful Action at Notting Hill Carnival

The largest street party in Europe erupted in west London recently with a blaze of colour to bring hundreds of thousands of people together for the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

With performers, dancing, carnival floats, music and food on offer, each year the carnival is a welcomed opportunity to celebrate Caribbean culture in multi-cultural London. Continue reading Colourful Action at Notting Hill Carnival

Unwind and relax in Paraty, Brazil

In 2013 I spent some time around Paraty (pronounced ‘Par-a-chi’) in Brazil for three days as part of a visit to the country.

Staying in Pousada Brunello meant that we weren’t directly in the main area of the small coastal town (instead opting for the beach location) but instead a short drive away – or an uncomfortable walk in the hot weather. With it being a relatively small place, it’s easy to walk around taking in some of the sights and atmosphere that we wanted to absorb. Below are a few photos from my walk around the picturesque town. Continue reading Unwind and relax in Paraty, Brazil

Hostel, Hotel, Pousada or Apartment? Accommodation in Brazil

On a recent trip to Brazil, I spent some time travelling around with friends exploring Rio, Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande. As part of the trip, we would not only be travelling around a lot but also needing to shift between different types of accommodation.

We stayed in everything from hostels and apartments to four-star hotels and pousadas. All of which gave me a good, all-round idea of the types of accommodation available in the country. Take a look at my experiences below outlining each of the places where we stayed.

Definition of a Pousada: According to Hidden Pousadas Brazil,they are always small with up to 40 rooms and the typical amenities that would be expected from a B&B or Inn, just at a more charming level. Continue reading Hostel, Hotel, Pousada or Apartment? Accommodation in Brazil