We were only able to see a handful of museums in London, but I wanted to share about them with you.
But first, I’m going to mention a few places I would not recommend, and I hope to thus save you time or at least help you make better choices.
Our first full day in London had us crossing off the most obvious tourist-y things on our list. Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Christmas Market on the Waterloo Pier, Trafalgar Square, and the National Gallery.
Relying on public transportation in London was one of our best decisions. I’m sure there would be advantages of renting a car if we were staying long enough to travel beyond London, but for sightseeing and staying in London proper buying an Oyster card is the way to go.
We spent a weekend in Rio de Janeiro–me battling an ear infection, Vini catching up with his cousins, and both of us keeping our ears (ear in my case) open to shootings in the mountains. We never heard any. Rio treated us with perfect hospitality.
That being said, Rio is a wild place. Continue reading
Ilhabela is right off the coast of São Paulo, approximately 4 hours away from São Paulo city. It’s an archipelago of islands, the largest one is Ilha de São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Island). The island is rich in history and tradition, its settlement reaching far back to the time of Amerigo Vespucci and further still to the Tupinambas (Native Indians) who lived there before. Because it was a haven for explorers and the scene of many shipwrecks on its rocky beaches, there are numerous opportunities for diving and checking out ancient wrecks, which are now home to exotic sea life. Continue reading