had the chance to be invited by the awesome team of Veuve Clicquot to test if their champagne tasted differently under the Rio Sun –
These awesome few days were spent with a fun crew composed of Veuve Clicquot?s Director of International Communications (aka The Face of Veuve) Stephane Gerschel and Isabelle De La Fontaine (Corporate communication for Moet Hennessy) – TravelDose colleagues and fellow bloggers: Jean Aw (Notcot), Costas Voyatzis (Yatzer), Eric Yang (Gear Patrol), Francesca Arcuri (Frizzi Frizzi) and Nima Abbasi for Syndicate Media Group.
e spent our mornings and whatever small breaks we had, in the serene and iconic Hotel Santa Teresa, where we sipped on our champagne overlooking Rio. We went on a helicopter ride, then drank some more champagne. We went to The Copacabana Palace for the Carnival Opening Ball (were we drank even more champagne). The next morning we woke up poolside and guess what we did? Drank champagne, of course. Then we had lunch at another one of our favorite hotels in Rio, The Fasano, in Ipanema.
After this great lunch we all split up to wander the crazy streets of the carnival blocos (block parties) where we literally got smooched by happy Carioca’s dancing and drinking their heads off over samba music.
Back at the hotel we got ready for the night and started with some bites and more Veuve (of course), before customizing and dressing ourselves with the t-shirt of our Camarote (vip area) for the famous Sambodromo (see Notcot for the general Vibe of the night). We danced, ate (the best sushi I have ever eaten) and drank some more champagne all night long. It was 6am when we left and it was not over by any means?
The next day after waking up, surprisingly with no hangover (note to self: straight Veuve Clicquot doesn’t end in a hangover!) and some resting time by the pool, we had a late lunch at Fogo de Chao, one of the best Churrascaria‘s, with unlimited delicious meat and more Veuve!
For the last night the program was another Samba night at the Sambodromo finishing again at dawn! After this amazing trip which was supposed to be a‘workation’ (Work+vacation) I ended up a little bit more tired than before getting there. With that said, it was an amazing trip and I hope to do it again!
A big Thank you to Veuve Clicquot for this amazing trip !
All pictures Shot by Cyril Foiret with Iphone 4S