I've always fancied Rio de Janeiro but I've never been and I'm in two minds about whether I ever will, if I'm honest. It's not just the potential cost of such a trip...
If you've seen the subtitled film City of God, or simply read the news on occasion, you will know that there is a dark side to Rio - a world of slums, hardship, crime and violence. I know that side of the city is probably off the tourist route, but it's still there.
Then there's the other Rio; the sunny, beachy, expensive, playground for the rich and famous which features in one of my favourite films from the 80s - Blame it on Rio. It's one of my favourite films for two reasons: a) it brings back happy memories of watching it with my mum and laughing together and b) it just looks sooooo wonderful! I can't really recommend the film for the acting (watch it and you will find a very young, slightly wooden Demi Moore playing an older, slightly uncomfortable Michael Caine's daughter) but the location more than makes up for it. It's a slightly unsettling story that manages to be tender and sad as well as upbeat and very funny.
Breathtaking Rio by the sea-o!
Has anyone reading been to Rio? Can you recommend it? Where did you stay?