By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When the Portuguese Royal family set up residence in Botafogo in the late 1800s it was said that the glamorous Dona Carlota Joaquina, wife of Dom João VI would bath in the waters of Baía de Guanabara. Today, while not as famous as other Zona Sul (South Zone) neighborhoods, the area remains a bona fide center of culture in Rio.
A lot might have changed since the days of Rio’s Belle Époque, principally that high levels of pollution make it inadvisable to swim in the water . . .