Cakes & Nibbles
C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
Street art is pretty common throughout the streets of RdJ - gives the city all the more character.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

Street art is pretty common throughout the streets of RdJ - gives the city all the more character.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
The moment that mist enshrouds the Christ the Redeemer statue is pretty surreal…

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

The moment that mist enshrouds the Christ the Redeemer statue is pretty surreal…

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
From the top of Corcovado Mountain is a series of amazing views: Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (center), Ipanema (above the lake), Jockey Club and Race Track (right) and the Cagarras Islands (top),

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

From the top of Corcovado Mountain is a series of amazing views: Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (center), Ipanema (above the lake), Jockey Club and Race Track (right) and the Cagarras Islands (top),

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
This view from Corcovado Mountain is of Sugarloaf Mountain (right) and the peaks beyond…phenom!

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

This view from Corcovado Mountain is of Sugarloaf Mountain (right) and the peaks beyond…phenom!

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
The one and only Christ the Redeemer statue of Corcovado Mountain - freshly repaired from the lightning strike earlier this year.  We’ve seen this image hundreds of times in photos but nothing compares to seeing it in person!

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

The one and only Christ the Redeemer statue of Corcovado Mountain - freshly repaired from the lightning strike earlier this year.  We’ve seen this image hundreds of times in photos but nothing compares to seeing it in person!

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
Take this colorful cogwheel train up to Corcovado Mountain and you’ll have breathtaking vistas of RDJ along the way.  The ride is less than ten minutes and a tip: sit on the right-side of the train (i.e. the 2-seaters) for a better view.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

Take this colorful cogwheel train up to Corcovado Mountain and you’ll have breathtaking vistas of RDJ along the way.  The ride is less than ten minutes and a tip: sit on the right-side of the train (i.e. the 2-seaters) for a better view.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
Just a few blocks away from the Sofitel is Ipanema Beach with its vibrant walkway and tile mosaics.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

Just a few blocks away from the Sofitel is Ipanema Beach with its vibrant walkway and tile mosaics.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
The iconic black-and-white wave mosaic tile walkway that defines Copacabana beach.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

The iconic black-and-white wave mosaic tile walkway that defines Copacabana beach.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
You can’t really go wrong with any of the beachfront hotels in the Copacabana district, but have to say the Sofitel had a fab shoreline view…had to pry ourselves away from the balcony! 

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

You can’t really go wrong with any of the beachfront hotels in the Copacabana district, but have to say the Sofitel had a fab shoreline view…had to pry ourselves away from the balcony! 

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)
Just returned from a two week South American escape we’ll never forget!  After a bitterly cold winter, not even cloudy skies could dampen the excitement of experiencing our first stop…Rio de Janeiro.

C&N TraveLog: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2014)

Just returned from a two week South American escape we’ll never forget!  After a bitterly cold winter, not even cloudy skies could dampen the excitement of experiencing our first stop…Rio de Janeiro.

C&N TraveLog:  Orschwiller, France (September 2013)
Room with a view!

C&N TraveLog:  Orschwiller, France (September 2013)

Room with a view!

C&N TraveLog:  Orschwiller, France (September 2013)
The grand chandelier in the Kaiser’s Hall at Haut Koenigsbourg

C&N TraveLog:  Orschwiller, France (September 2013)

The grand chandelier in the Kaiser’s Hall at Haut Koenigsbourg

C&N TraveLog:  Orschwiller, France (September 2013)
One of the imposing entrances at Haut Koenigsbourg

C&N TraveLog:  Orschwiller, France (September 2013)

One of the imposing entrances at Haut Koenigsbourg

C&N TraveLog:  Ribeauville, France (September 2013)
Delicious cremant at Bott Freres!

C&N TraveLog:  Ribeauville, France (September 2013)

Delicious cremant at Bott Freres!

C&N TraveLog:  Hunawihr, France (September 2013)
View from the church

C&N TraveLog:  Hunawihr, France (September 2013)

View from the church