07/07/2014 02:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

World Cup Photo Diary: Beach Day in Barra

With the World Cup coming to an end next weekend it felt strange not to have a game to watch. This Sunday morning we headed for Barra, the beach town about one hour from Rio, which many people here call Miami Beach. From there we headed south along the coast with some spectacular scenery to the Grumari Reserve. For lunch we stopped at a local seafood restaurant called the Point of Grumari. It is located on top of a mountain with fantastic views of the National Park and Reserve created by President Lula da Silva. The restaurant was packed with locals. There were over 400 of them and many more waiting outside for their famous seafood caldera. Today in El Gordo y La Flaca the King of Rio's Carnival is taking me to the Churrasqueria that brought Brazilian BBQ meat to the US, Porcao.


The Seafood Caldera from Point of Grumari

With the King of the Carnival at Porcao