A couple of weeks ago, the Harpers descended on Brazil and in true Harper fashion, we packed a LOT in. There is no way to do their visit justice in a blog post, but I’ll do my best to hit the highlights.
Pre-visit: Michael, Joe and I flew to Rio on Saturday, the 14th, the day before the Harpers started arriving to check everything out and be sure we got some solid beach-time in. We had a great day and as we were leaving the beach we spotted some good ole’ Clemson Tiger fans so we grabbed them for a quick pic. It turns out the family lives a couple of blocks from the beach and is there for a couple of years with Proctor and Gamble. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
Days 1 – 3: Harpers arrived in Rio. We stayed at the amazing Santa Teresa Hotel and enjoyed exploring the neighborhood of Santa Teresa as well as Ipanema and Copacabana. Of course, we also toured the Christ the Redeemer statue and climbed to the top of Pão de Açúcar. Well, we rode the gondola. Incredible views. While in Rio, Michael and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary over a fantastic dinner at Aprazivel – with the whole family, of course. 🙂
Day 4 we headed to São Paulo and arrived just in time to tour our apartments, our neighborhood park and have an amazing Brazilian dinner at one of our favorite spots, Espírito Santo, just a few blocks from our new apartment.
Day 5 included tours of both Joe’s and Michael’s offices, fabulous lunch at Dalva e Dito, shopping on Oscar Freire AND Sharon’s miraculous finding of her “mother-of-the-bride” dress for Christy’s wedding! Christy & TJ – it made us feel like you guys were really with us in spirit. We capped off the night with incredible views of the city and great caipirinhas at Hotel Unique.
Day 6 we walked around our neighborhoods, checked out a Brazilian art museum, and had an amazing sushi dinner at Nagayama followed by late night live Bossa Nova music and cocktails at the Fasano.
Day 7 was a Saturday so in the morning we checked out the Mercadão and sampled lots of exotic fruits. Then we headed to Villa Madelena for a “street-art” / graffiti tour followed by live Samba music and great food at Bar Samba! Then, the Harpers packed their bags and headed for the airport.
We hated saying, “Goodbye,” but the sadness was eased a little because Shannon stayed a few extra days with us! So the next day Shannon, Michael, Joe and I took a little day trip to Embu Das Artes to check out the cute little artisan town. Then, Shannon and I spent the next few days having lots of adventures around São Paulo from biking in Parque Ibirapuera to a crazy day in Liberdade (Sao Paulo’s “Japan Town”).
- Come back soon!!