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Brazil Italy Thailand 2006

April 16, 2015 by David Herd

Brazil Italy Thailand

Brazil Italy ThailandBrazil Italy Thailand, once again my journey began with a flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney in October 2006,  before arriving in Rio de Janeiro.

I flew to Teresina to meet a friend and her family then continued on to Forteleza and Belem. After Brazil I flew to Italy hired a car and headed for Portofino, San Gimignano, Vinci and Florence.

A friend in Sydney hosted a dinner at his hotel with several friends, great food and 2 very sexy waitresses.

This it not part of my travel blog, just part of my personal photo & travel history from 2006. Mainly revolving around the many people who helped make it another memorable year.

Freeway Hotel Crayfish

Freeway Hotel ArtarmonCrayfish? I can’t see any Crayfish. 🙂

Peter plays it cool

Freeway Hotel Sydney The following day I missed my Qantas flight to Rio through a mix up with the airline. I had to purchase another ticket, luckily a couple of months later Qantas reimbursed my original ticket.

A terrific night

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 Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro, say no more.

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These two look like they mean business.

Alan Austin and his wife Renata

Brazil Italy ThailandAlan & I met in Rio and became very good friends, unfortunately the following year he ran into some problems with the English authorities and I now visit him every year in various English prisons.

Shenanigans Ipanema

Brazil Italy ThailandMonday nights here there are lots of specials and the place gets really crowded. The guy in the red shirt is Alan’s Las Vegas friend Jay.

The girl from Copacabana

  Brazil Italy ThailandI was relaxing on the beach when this vision appeared in front of me. I have never been one to let a golden opportunity pass so I brushed up on my social skills and introduced myself. Her name was Mel and she came from neighbouring Niteroi. Lo & behold within an hour we were in my apartment making mad passionate love. This certainly was one on the best days of my trip. 🙂  

Mel from Niteroi

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Mel is around 6′ tall with amazing green eyes, a total knock out. It is 2015 and I still have her photo on a shelf in my condo. 🙂  

John, an Aussie guy who owned “The Office” restaurant.

Brazil Italy Thailand John was an Aussie guy from Sydney and we swapped many stories about people we knew and knew of, mainly well known Sydney gangsters. 🙂   The following year John in fact was abducted by Brazilian gangsters who forced him to go to his home in Angra Dos Rios and pen his safe which they cleaned out.  

Cabo Frio

 photo Cabo20Frio2001a.jpgHere is my friend Renilda, she lives at Cabo Frio near Buzios with her son and lots of pet dogs. We met in 1999 on Copacabana beach and have had a lot of fun together. I have not seen her since I took this photo in 2006 but I hope we meet again one day.

Sueli and Silmarinha Oliveira

Brazil Italy ThailandI actually met Sueli online so on my way to Fortaleza I decided to stop at Teresina to meet her and her lovely family.

The whole family in Terisina


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Here is the lovely family.

Fortaleza on the north Coast

  Fortaleza Brazil  

Fortaleza is in the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.3 million (metropolitan region over 3.4 million), Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil.  Fortaleza is one of the three leading cities in the Northeast region together with Recife and Salvador. The city will be one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which Brazil is the host nation.  

Canoa Quebrada

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada 164 kilometers from Fortaleza is Canoa Quebrada.

Canoa Quebrada

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We rode in a beach buggy  along the beautiful long beaches and wandered through the amazing coloured sands of  Canoa Quebrada.  

Belem at the mouth of the mighty Amazon

 photo Belem 019.jpg Such a beautiful face, (of course I mean the girl) these two were dancers on a cruise I took on the Amazon.  

The catch of the day

 photo Belem markets amp docks 025.jpg Belem is at the mouth of the Amazon river which represents more than half the planet’s remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world. Founded in 1616 by the Kingdom of Portugal, Belém was the first European colony on the Amazon but did not become part of Brazil until 1775. The newer part of the city has modern buildings and skyscrapers. The colonial portion retains the charm of tree-filled squares, churches and traditional blue tiles. The city has a rich history and architecture from colonial times. Recently it witnessed a skyscraper boom.  

Old man of the sea

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By now his skin must be like lether.

2.30 am flight Belem to Rio

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Ah! Copacabana I have missed you so much. 🙂  

Lets not forget Ipanema.

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Ipanema is even more beautiful than Copacabana.

Lets have one last look at Mel

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This is the photo I still have in my room today in 2016.  

Transit at Madrid

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Changing planes in Madrid on my my to Italy.

Francesca in Florence

  Brazil Italy ThailandHere is my friend Francesca, I was lucky enough to be able to crash on her couch for a few days.  

The Old Bridge Florence

  Brazil Italy ThailandCertainly one of the most famous landmarks in this great city.  

Great Pizza in Florence

 photo IMG_0783.jpgPeople queue every night to get into this tiny restaurant in Florence, the chef is from Naples and only has 3 choices on the menu, all magnificent.

Ines from Rio de Janeiro

Brazil Italy ThailandInes is the daughter of my friend Reni from Cabo Frio, she was in Florence at the same time as I was. Francesca cooked dinner while we chatted about old times in Rio.

 Beautiful San Gimignano

 photo San Gimignano 009.jpgSan Gimignano is famous for its Medieval village architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form “an unforgettable skyline”

 San Gimignano

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What a wonderful Italian village.

Lunch in Portofino

   photo Portifino May 06 23.jpgWhen you visit Portofino make sure you have your credit card, seafood soup 26 Euros.  

Fabulous cheeky Portofino

  Brazil Italy Thailand  If you own a nice boat the babes will come. 🙂

Club Med yacht.

 photo Portofino2004a.jpg Club Med 2 is a five-masted computer-controlled sailing ship owned and operated by Club Med and operated as a cruise ship. It combines the power of seven computer-operated sails with more traditional diesel-electric power, having four diesel generators that power two electric motors.  

 Arriving in Bangkok

  Brazil Italy ThailandMy gorgeous friend Cleo who I catch up with every time I am in Bangkok.  

The boys at Honey pot in Pattaya

  Brazil Italy ThailandLet the games begin, I’m back in Pattaya. 🙂  

Brazil Italy Thailand

Brazil Italy ThailandThanks for visiting my Brazil Italy Thailand post, it really was another incredible around the world trip.

                           Here are some more posts to check out
              Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Copacabana beach        Buda Castle
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road Chelsea        David & the General photo DHandthegeneral.jpg        David Herd Thailand
Pattaya live webcam
Pattaya webcam


That’s all folks

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