Last summer, we went to Brazil.
The beach is the lifeblood of Rio de Janeiro and nothing matters except keeping cool in the shimmering, steaming heat of 40+ degree days on end matched with extreme humidity.
The sun is so strong the vibrant colours you come to expect are faded everywhere from street signs to beach umbrellas.
It’s intensely tropical and animal print reigns supreme. The women are immaculate with a very particular style and what is called ‘salt’ - a subtle touch of sensual glamour and a heightened sense of femininity.
Carnival was beginning and little groups gathered on street corners wearing ruffles and bright colours, singing and dancing to prepare for Brazil’s biggest party.