By Kristen Nozell, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Leblon, the Rio neighborhood that is almost impossible to mention without the accompanying prefix 'exclusive', originally took its name from the successful French businessman Charles Le Blond, who owned the land back in the 19th Century. The largely residential region stretches along 1.3km of stunning beach, and contains some of the most expensive real estate to be found anywhere on the continent.
Leblon also marks the western edge of Zona Sul, a miniature Ipanema of sorts (its small dimensions adding to its allure) with a disproportionate number of excellent restaurants . . .