Brazilian adventures…and an exciting new show!

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Hello,

Well, the secret is out! I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the fabulous Ruth Langsford (This Morning, Loose Women) is joining QVC, and I’m absolutely delighted that I’ll be co-hosting her shows with her.

Our first show will be at 9pm on Thursday 16th February, and will continue every Thursday at 9pm for six weeks. The first series will be Ruth’s picks from our vast fashion collection here at QVC, and she’s a lady of impeccable taste so I hope you’ll love her choices as much as we do!ruth

Then in May, she’ll be back for another series, this time with her very own fashion collection, designed especially for us. I can’t wait for the first show, and really hope you will join us, it’s going to be great fun.

Meanwhile, I’ve just returned from a fabulous week in Brazil. Oh my goodness, what a country! We started off with couple of days in Rio de Janeiro, and although we were tight for time, we managed to see pretty much everything we wanted to – Copacabana and Ipanema beaches (and oh yes, I did drive hubby – and myself – bonkers singing the famous songs related to each!), the incredible Christ the Redeemer statue on the top of the Corcovado mountain overlooking the city, the spectacular cable car ride to the top of the Sugarloaf mountain, the Olympic village…the list continues. The weather was absolutely boiling hot and very humid but we slapped on the factor 50 and enjoyed every second.

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steps1I found it utterly fascinating – a tour guide we spent a few hours with one afternoon made it very clear that on the one hand, Brazil is a country that is staunchly Catholic with many strict laws that many of us in Europe would find it difficult to live by, yet on the other is a country struggling with massive corruption, drug-related crime and violence. There’s no doubt that parts of Rio are incredibly dangerous, but I travelled to many dangerous places during my years as a news reporter and try not to get too worried.sign

There are definitely no-go areas, but one of my favourite parts of the city was Santa Teresa, a hilltop neighbourhood where tourists really don’t go at night but was just lovely by day, all narrow winding streets, 19th century mansions and bohemian cafes and shops. We did take notice of the signs on the lamp posts warning us that we might be attacked by gunmen though (see photo) and kept our wits about us… it was still definitely my favourite area, and well worth the trip.

After Rio we took an internal flight to Santa Catarina, an area of stunning beaches and lush tropical forests, and stayed in a hotel where we had the best of both, a beachside spot on the edge of the rain forest.boatProseccosea

There, I experienced my best moment of the whole week. I was chilling out at the end of a long hot day, sitting in the shallows at the edge of the water, when suddenly a capybara appeared and just sat there a few feet away from me, chilling out too! These gorgeous animals are the world’s largest rodents, and look a bit like ENORMOUS guinea pigs (they are about two feet tall!). To see one in the wild like this blew me away. We saw lizards and exotic birds and butterflies too, but bathing with a capybara was just one of my best holiday moments ever.animalanimal2

Now, it’s back to the cold and back to work but all is good! I hope all is well with you. Looking forward to being back on the telly box with you this weekend. As always, I love to hear from you, so leave a message under this blog or say hi on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler).

Love Jackie xx

28 Comments

  1. Pebbles February 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    I love capybara too. I saw them at Yorkshire wildlife park where they walk past you chewing grass. I need to go back soon as they have the two black baby rhinos. They were born in Germany. Good to have you back xx

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

      Oooh baby rhinos! Tweet some pictures Pebbles!
      Jxx

  2. Melissa Lane February 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Wow. That capybara. Fantastic. Sounds like a fab trip. Too many reptiles and bandits for my liking though hahahah. Looking forward to your shows with Ruth. How exciting.

    Love and best wishes, Melissa xxx

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

      I loved the capybara so much! And glad you’re looking forward to Ruth’s shows, hope you enjoy them!
      Jxx

  3. Susan February 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    What an amazing trip Jackie! How on earth do you fit in researching and booking your trips?! And that’s a lng way to go for a week! What a fab photo of you and mr rodent above. How funny! Good to hear from you. Enjoy your weekend x

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

      To be honest Susan my lovely hubby does most of the research and planning for our holidays, he’s brilliant! It was indeed a long way to go for a week but I didn’t have enough annual leave to go for any longer…it was worth it though!
      Jxx

  4. Susanne February 11, 2017 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    Jackie – what’s below the glass in the first photo (the one with you and Ruth)? It looks like pieces of toast, but surely can’t be? Puzzled …..

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

      Haha, not toast Susanne! I couldn’t remember so I went downstairs to look – it’s bags of coffee. (The photo was taken in our in-house cafe). There you go, puzzle solved!
      Jxx

  5. Sue Stewart February 11, 2017 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    What a fabulous blog this time. Lover your pictures of your holiday. It looks fabulous. So colourful and hot. Unlike today when it’s snowy and grey and cold. Looking forward to see what Ruth brings to QVC. A lady with style.

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

      It was such a lovely holiday Sue, glad you like the pictures. And I hope you enjoy the shows with Ruth, I think it’s going to be fun!
      Jxx

  6. Diane Wright February 11, 2017 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    So pleased you had a great time Jackie – love the pic. Xxx

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Diane, it was great!
      Jxx

  7. Carole Clinton February 11, 2017 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Jackie you are a lucky girl, with a handsome husband too. I’m looking forward to seeing you with Ruth, it’ll be a great show.

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

      I’ll pass that on to hubby Carole, he will be chuffed! Yes I hope you enjoy the new show, I’m looking forward to it.
      Jxx

  8. Hester Tulloch February 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie looked lovely in Brazil good photos very envious, looking forward to seeing you back x

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Hester, it was great but always nice to be back home too!
      Jxx

  9. Elizabeth Keenan February 11, 2017 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    What a great holiday you had, though that sign was a bit scary could be attacked by gunmen. What an amazing photo of the capybara beside you woo hoo fantastic lots of lovely memories there.
    Great blog as usual Jackie.
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth, it was great and the capybara was the best bit! Fab memories as you say.
      Jxx

  10. Bev February 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    What a fantastic experience! The place looks amazing, if a little scary with robbery signs !

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

      It was amazing Bev…yes a little scary in places but I’d still highly recommend it!
      Jxx

  11. Heather February 11, 2017 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Jackie you are one of my favourite presenters your trip to Brazil sounded interesting. I’ll be watching your show with Ruth I’m looking forward to it let’s see how it goes good luck

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Heather, that’s really kind of you! Hope you enjoy the shows with Ruth.
      Jxx

  12. Lisabeth February 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie you’re such an elegant lady x what are you wearing in the photo with Ruth? It looks lovely. Can’t wait for your show together. Lots of love xxx

    • Jackie Kabler February 17, 2017 at 11:51 am -  Reply

      Hi Lisabeth, I was wearing the chevron print duster jacket by Chelsea Muse, think that one may be out of stock now but the brand has some similar ones if you have a look on our website. Hope you enjoyed the show with Ruth last night! Jx

  13. Marie February 14, 2017 at 3:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie Brazil looks fab,i wld luv to go.glad you had alovely time.look forward to see you and Ruth on tv.i be terraified if a copibara cum to sit near me.take care m xx

    • Jackie Kabler February 17, 2017 at 11:52 am -  Reply

      The capybara was very gentle Marie so I felt quite safe luckily! Hope you managed to see the show with Ruth last night! Jx

  14. Janet February 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Wow, what a holiday! What happy memories. Fab photos. Welcome back though, it’ll be good to see you brightening up the screen again. Xx

    • Jackie Kabler February 17, 2017 at 11:52 am -  Reply

      Ahhhh thanks Janet! Always good to be home! Jx

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