Tag: Brazil

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Why You Can’t Miss Carnival in Rio de Janeiro!

The Origins of Carnival The beginnings of masks, jesters, debauchery and partying go back in time beyond pre-history;  but the origin of that particular party that many countries call Carnival is more recent. Although no one is really sure, there’s a good chance it started in Northern Italy. As the Roman […]

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Santa Teresa Neighborhood of Rio

One very charming neighborhood, or bairro (pronounced buy-ho), of Rio de Janeiro is Santa Teresa. Situated on a hill not far from the city center, it has amazing vistas of Rio and the bay. A tram that connects the city center to Santa Teresa was built in the late 1800s. […]

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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rio

New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is HUGE. How huge? Maybe 1-2 million people descend on the area. The streets on the beach and leading up to it are  closed to vehicle traffic, and it was really nice to see police presence everywhere. I was somewhat […]

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To All Our Friends, Happy New Year

Rio de Janeiro floats a beautiful Christmas tree on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Below is a very short video we took one night. You will no doubt recognize the background music, but perhaps you didn’t know that composer Vince Guaraldi became famous because of the B-side of a single that […]

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