Places of Intimacy: cushioned by the padded wall in Rio de Janeiro

If this wall doesn't make you go crazy nothing will.

At the end of a long day’s travel we arrived in this wonderful mansion – and goodness it was a wonder to behold.

Surrounded by exotic gardens, this contemporary hotel looks out over Ipanema beach, and then across the endless ocean.

After checking in, we paused to admire the sunset and breathe in the scent of the sea and then walked up to our room. Again, it had extraordinary views; as soon as we were alone we threw ourselves onto the bed. Beneath us was a plush mattress, and against the wall a padded headboard, which was inviting us to play.

He stood leaning on...

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