'I love barbecues, anywhere in southern Brazil'

First holiday memory?

I often went to the beach in the state where I grew up – Rio Grande do Sul, which is the southernmost state in Brazil. It isn't the most beautiful coast in Brazil but it is where my parents took me. We lived about 200km away but we would spend about 10 to 15 days a year there.

Best holiday?

My honeymoon in Santa Catarina, a state just north of Rio Grande do Sul. We stayed on the coast for about two weeks. People from my state go to Santa Catarina because the beaches are particularly beautiful.

Favourite place in the British Isles?

I haven't had much time to explore England yet because I don't get much time off from Chelsea. However, I grew up in the countryside so I like the greenery here.

Ideal travelling companion?

My wife and children. I have been married for 35 years and we dated for seven years prior to that so I always travel with my wife.

Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?

Beaches. I love the coast.

Greatest travel luxury?

I don't have a particular luxury – I try to make the most of my travels so they are as luxurious as they can be!

Holiday reading?

I do read when I'm travelling, but usually magazines rather than big books.

Where has seduced you?

Alagoas, a state in north-east Brazil. I was a football player and a coach there and I have a lot of friends there, so it holds happy memories. The beaches are also fantastic.

Better to travel or arrive?

I enjoy travelling, particularly by car. I like to be able to stop when I want – or more precisely when my wife wants, because I am always the one driving.

Favourite walk/swim/ride/drive?

I enjoy driving anywhere where there are mountains or green countryside. That's why I like England so much.

Worst travel experience?

I have never had a bad experience; I always try to enjoy the culture and scenery, and make the best of what there is to see and do in a place.

Best hotel?

One hotel on the Amalfi coast in Italy stands out. It was on a cliffside overlooking the sea and was really beautiful.

Best meal abroad?

Barbecues anywhere in southern Brazil. That's where you'll find the best meat.

Dream trip?

The Amazon. I have played a couple of football matches and coached there, but never for more than a couple of days, so I would really like to explore the region properly.

Favourite city?

Gramado in Rio Grande do Sul. It is a beautiful city, with a European feel to it, from the immigrants who have come there over the years. There are also lots of lovely flowers everywhere.

Where next?

It is difficult, because my holidays clash with the end of school term so I'll probably stay in London and explore England a bit more.

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