Monday, August 31, 2009

GUESTS - SUPER FRIENDS - FAMILYHOOD AND ADVENTURE - WORDS FROM NEW JERSEY

A great person and great friend from New Jersey
True friendship and enormous love Alan and Thereza


A very funny family and the Christ watching everything!







One of Rio's best secret: JOA BEACH



In Grumari playing like Children, when two brazilians meet!!!!


Not a long while ago, in fact the second week of August I had the honor to welcome Alan who organized with me two days tour in Rio with his family and one adventurous day in the countryside with him only...


Alan is a fantastic teacher from New Jersey, in fact he is quite popular there!!! The students love him!!! He came to Rio and before that I was preparing with a lot of dedication his days in our city!!!!


He is a good father and a great friend to his ex-wife Rose. Rose is brazilian, she is Brazilian just like me, and decided to live in the States and she brought up a family with love, lots of work and dedication, she carries the strengh of a corageous NORTHERN BRAZILIAN WOMAN. As a result of so many LIFE STORIES the result was Thereza, such a lovely girl full of plans. And my task was showing Rio in a way that all the moments would be recorded in their memories!!!!


WE DID IT...We went to so many places, we laughed alot and we had huge fun in everyday we toured the city!


I am sure they will come back!!!! I am sure that now I have friends in this hilly part of New Jersey!!!


And Alan wrote some words at trip advisor that I have the honor to register in this blog:


If you are going to Rio De Janeiro do yourself a favor and hire Rafael Torres Lopes as your guide.



Raphael or "Rafa" as we called him, guided my family for 3 days and nights in Rio and his services was absolutely indispensable. Rafa went above and beyond any reasonable expectations taking us everywhere we wanted to go and suggesting many great local restaurants and attractions. He speaks perfect English (with a British accent) and quickly transitions from guide to friend putting you and your family at ease.


It became evident early in out trip that Rafa was going to go all out to make the trip special and he succeeded. If you think you've got energy and a spirit for exploration, you have to meet him.


When I go back to Rio, I will make sure I have Rafa booked before I do anything else. In addition to guiding us Rafa also took hudreds of photos for us, allowing us to enjoy ourselves without worrying about taking pictures.


If you have any apprehension about visiting Rio, book Rafa and you won't have to deal with the hassle of cabs and ripoff artists; you can just sit back and relax knowing that all the details are being taken care of by a professional who has a great deal of knowledge about the places you will be visiting. I loved it.


THANK YOU ALAN!!!! AND BE SURE THAT HERE IN BRAZIL YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A FRIEND AND SOMEONE TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY YOUR HOME OUTSIDE THE STATES!!!!


Rafael Torres Lopes

Tour Guide

Travel Planner

And a friend ALWAYS







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