Today is Mardi Gras or as I like to call it Carnival! Each year when this day rolls around it takes me back to my amazing trip to Rio de Janeiro a few years ago. In my opinion there's no other place on the planet to celebrate Carnival. A few of the famous spots I visited: the statue of Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema and Copacabana Beach and of course the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome. I was also fortunate enough to attend The Magic Ball at the glamorous Copacabana Palace Hotel which is considered to be the social event of the season.
This is one of my favorite pics of me taken in Rio:
There's something about this city that explodes with sex appeal. To say Rio's geography is simply gorgeous would be an understatement. Never before in my life have I partied for so many days from sunup to sundown as I did here. This is one of those cities that everyone needs to put on their bucket list of places to visit. One of my favorite movies is Zalman King's "Wild Orchid," filmed in Rio during carnival. Critics hated the film and unlike Zalman King's "9 1/2 Weeks" "Wild Orchid" was a commercial flop but I really loved it and there's a good possibility I'm one of a handful of people who do. Some may argue the movie is nothing but soft-core porn and yes there are more than a few steamy scenes but by today's standard those scenes are tame especially if you've seen the shows True Blood or Spartacus. The soundtrack to the film is flawless. An instrumental piece called "Love Theme" by Paradise is truly breathtaking which I have posted below. The music doesn't start until 5:28--- when Carre Otis spots Mickey Rourke so you may want to fast forward unless you want to see a bunch of naked people covered in body glitter and paint celebrating Carnival that is.
One can't talk about this day without mentioning pancakes. Unforunately housekeeper has the day off and sister will be in the classroom teaching so there's no one in the house to make me pancakes this morning. Poor me, right? In case you forgot the Colombian Princess doesn't have a domestic bone in her body. Thankfully housekeeper stocked a little something in the freezer especially for moi:
Frozen ready made pancakes you pop into the toaster!
My lovelies, Happy Mardi Gras.