Colorful Rio de Janeiro
I had the good fortune of spending nearly 3 weeks in Rio over the holidays and to bring in 2013's New Year. I adore this city: aesthetically it is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever seen, sandwiched right in between the crystal water and lush, green hills and cliffs that dive into the ocean below. The people are warm, relaxed and vibrant. I loved the openness of Rio--so I decided to go back, just a few months later and experience it's beauty all over again.