In the 17th century French pirates discovered 26 coves along the shores of Buzios where they could hide out and launch sneak attacks. It worked for a while until they started going ashore to refuel. Where they got into trouble with the native inhabitants, and it was all over.
In Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy, Gabrile Kuhn writes that a pirates life depended on moments of intensity; that everything always happened at once and in a moment you could be rich or dead. For GK it called to mind Nietzsche’s apt metaphor about the perils of a certain kind of existence, “Shall we roll the dice only because we might lose?”
Things are a little calmer now that the French have all left Buzios. But their bikini’s and rib-eyes remain. This one from is from the restaurant in the As Meninas hotel. It’s not to be missed.