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Ola Brazil!

  • July 31, 2014
  • By Brittany
Ola Brazil!

Hey friends!  We’ve had a bit of a whirlwind trip over here!  I’m still a little exhausted and trying to catch up on everything!  My blog feed is out of control! Anywho, back to the fun stuff. The Hubs has had to travel a lot for work the past year and half, which stinks because he usually isn’t home during the week.  And although I much rather have him home, one of the benefits is that I often get a short little trip to make sure he is staying out of mischief check out what he’s been up to.  Last year I spent a weekend in Mexico and this year I got to head down to Brazil!  It was my first time to South America so I was pretty excited!  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t so great. actually said it was supposed to be 30 degrees Celsius, which is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Try 57 degrees and raining!  So I wasn’t exactly prepared in terms of my packing. So note to all you potential Brazil travelers, check the weather and don’t use!

We visited São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro while we we there. São Paulo is a huge, sprawling city and the epicenter of business, culture and cosmopolitan living in Brazil.  We mostly caught up with people the Hubs knew while we were there.  If you go though, visit this restaurant that has a massive fig tree in the middle!  So cool!

fig rest

fig rest 2

We also saw some cool animals:




Some weird animal!

Rio is much more of a tourist destination.  I recommend taking the sky tram up Sugarloaf mountain for a fantastic view of the city and great views of Christ the Redeemer!  You can also climb up to statue but then you miss out on photographing him from afar!



christ redeemer




Copacabana beach is the famed Rio beach and you can easily see why with the tourists and hotels.  I recommend heading a little bit further south to Ipanema beach, which has great waves, nice restaurants and some pretty cool views!






We stayed at the Sheraton LeBlon by Ipanema beach and it was one of the best Sheratons I’ve stayed in. Everything has been totally renovated and there are some great views.  We were overlooking the water and Christ the Redeemer at breakfast!



One place you must go is Copacabana Palace.  We went to Cipranis located in that hotel for dinner one night.  It’s super fancy with impeccable service.  Their pool area looks amazing!


And of course no trip to Rio is complete without a few long walks on the beach so make sure to fit some time in for that!


Overall, it was a bit if a whirlwind and we didn’t luck out with the weather (forecasting 80s and sunny in Rio tomorrow. SMH!).  But it was so fun and great to experience South America!

Finally, I wanted to announce the winner of the Athleta giveaway!  Is it weird I get really excited to find out who it is?  The winner is Holly H.!  Congrats Holly.  I’ve emailed you so check your email!  Thank you to everyone who entered.  You guys are fab!  And you have A LOT of good things going on in your lives judging by your comments!

Readers, are you lucky with the weather when you travel?  Did you have World Cup fever?  Where would you go in South America if you could choose any location?

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  • Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit
    July 31, 2014

    AH! I am SO jealous you got to go to Rio!!
    That’s a goal of mine–so thanks for the fun pictures.

    Don’t you love finding new, weird animals you didn’t know existed?! I saw one YESTERDAY in my BACKYARD!! I feel like an alien would–what in the woooorld is that?!

    Fun times, look like you took advantage of you time there!

    • FitBritt
      August 2, 2014

      I can’t believe you saw a weird animal in your backyard! Whaaat!? The only animals I see in NYC are rats, squirrels and pigeons!

  • Shannon
    July 31, 2014

    GOSHHHH your pictures are STELLAR! Can I go to Brazil now please??? 🙂
    So happy for you lady! You’re livin the travel life!!!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    July 31, 2014

    What an awesome trip! Your pictures are amazing!

    Yay! I’m so exited about winning the gift card! I’ll definitely check my email and get back to you today. Thanks!!!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    July 31, 2014

    SO SO fun! Brazil is on my to-visit list! A good friend of mine just got married to a brazilian and now lives in Rio. I’m hoping to visit him soon!

  • Sara
    July 31, 2014

    Your “weird animal” is actually a capybara (or a carpincho, as they’re known in Argentina)! They are the world’s largest rodent, and are kind of like giant guinea pigs.
    Great pics!

    • FitBritt
      August 2, 2014

      Oh thanks for letting me know! Even the Brazilian friend we were with didn’t know what it was called!

  • Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    July 31, 2014

    What a fun trip! I have never been to South America before I think Brazil looks beautiful!

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    July 31, 2014

    South America is definitely on my must-see list and I would love to go to Brazil! Too bad it wasn’t sunny when you went… but you still got out of NYC so that’s a plus!

  • Holly
    July 31, 2014

    What beautiful pictures–Brazil looks like a lost world–until you get to your pictures of the city from above with the beautiful harbor with boats on moorings! As far as the World Cup and “World Cup fever:” how could we not have World Cup fever–it was fun, exciting and we could all “get into it” at least for a snippet!
    Glad you had a good time.

  • Kim
    July 31, 2014

    What a super trip!!! Love the pictures – gorgeous!!
    I’ve never been to South America – maybe one day.

    • FitBritt
      August 2, 2014

      I felt lucky I got to go. It wasn’t something I was expecting but with the husband’s work schedule it just kind of happened for us!

  • Allie
    July 31, 2014

    You never cease to amaze me Britt!!! Holy wow. What a trip! Was that monkey actually IN your room? It appears to be in some sort of office or living room. Interesting. Anyway – your pictures, as always, are super fabulous and those beaches? I don’t care what the weather is doing – they are spectacular!

    • FitBritt
      August 2, 2014

      The monkey was actually on the outdoor patio of a restaurant we were going to! I couldn’t believe it!

  • Carla
    July 31, 2014

    What a great trip! I’ve not been to South American but I work with a lot of South American’s. They are soooo hard to get a hold of during big soccer matches.

    Beautiful pics. I want to bring the monkey home.

    Bummer about the weather. It sounds like things still worked out for you.

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    July 31, 2014

    I’ve never been to South America but I’d love to go to Rio! That monkey is so tiny and adorable I would die if I saw him hopping around. I usually have decent weather when I travel – nothing that ever ruins the trip – but when I went to Boston at the end of January it was realllllly rainy. I guess that’s not bad considering it was January though haha

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    July 31, 2014

    That’s SO COOL you got to go to Brazil and I LOVE all of your pictures. I’m sorry the weather didn’t cooperate though. 🙁 I love all of those cool animals you saw. I have no idea what that weird one is either. Interesting. I LOVE your cute black dress and you look amazing!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    August 1, 2014

    oh my word!! Your pictures are beautiful. I definitely added Brazil after I saw what it looked like watching endless hours of the world cup. Your pics are exactly where I want to be! SO glad you got to get away for a bit with hubby!! (I will be sure to ignore when I go!)

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    August 1, 2014

    Amazing Britt!! Since we watched a lot of the World Cup, my hubby and I have been talking about wanting to do a trip to Brazil and Argentina. Too bad the weather wasn’t nice, but I’m sure you made the most of it! I feel like the annoying weather thing happened during my Europe trip last fall, especially in Austria. We were told that the week before have been in the mid-70s, but the whole time we were there it was in the 50s, chilly, and rainy. We still did tons of stuff outside and just got wet and cold haha what can you do right? Mother Nature has her own plans!

    • FitBritt
      August 2, 2014

      Totally agree Nicole! We just tried to make the best f it! Your photos of Europe were still so beautiful!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    August 2, 2014

    I’d say that must’ve been a whirlwind trip! And yeah, since it’s winter down there, no guarantees with the weather. You’ll just have to go again. 😉 Beautiful pictures!

  • catherine gacad
    August 4, 2014

    what an amazing time you had! i adore brazil. i loved it so much when i went there, that i added a flight tracker to my home page so i could check out flight prices. sadly, i haven’t been back since.

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