Category: South America

Why There’s More in Bahia Brazil than stunning beaches | Salvador Brazil facts | Salvador Carnival
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Why There’s More in Bahia Brazil than Stunning Beaches

 On our trips to Brasil, I really regret that we did not have the time to make it to the Northeastern Province of Bahia. Our expat friends went to the Salvador Carnival in Bahia before they took us to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.  They told us the Bahians know how to throw a great

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Casa Mathilde best Portuguese Bakery in Sao Paolo
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Casa Mathilde, The Best Portuguese Bakery in Sao Paolo

Given that Brasil was a colony of Portugal, you know that there are going to be Portuguese influences everywhere in the country especially in the food.  For example, the Mercado Central has rows of vendors selling bacalao (salted codfish).  I’m not such a big fan of bacalao but Portuguese pastries are a completely different story.

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Selaron Steps
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The Selaron Steps, an Homage to Catalonia’s Gaudi

What do you do when you get tired of how rundown your street is looking? Most people would call and complain to the city council. In Rio de Janeiro, though, rundown streets are a dime a dozen and probably not that high on the financially-strapped city’s list of problems. So Chilean artist, Jorge Selaron took

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beaches of Rio
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From Dawn until Dusk on the Beaches of Rio

Although you think that you may have seen the scene from movies and photos, nothing prepares you for the real thing. A mass of sun-kissed humanity prowl, pose, and play on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in Brasil. The water crashes in effervescent waves spraying their foam onto soft, white sand which stretched as

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Backstage at Rio’s Sambadrome Parades: Grit, Glitter and Gangs

We were open-mouthed at the sheer opulence of the parade floats and costumes in the Sambadrome at Rio’s Carnival.  We have been to a lot of parades but we were completely blown away.  Between the sound system, the floats and the dancers, Rio’s spectacle was the most extravagant we had ever seen.  A look at

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Caraca Nature Reserve
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Exploring the Caraca Nature Reserve in Brasil

The nearly-full moon lent its glow to the oversized metal gates and the front garden path to Caraca monastery at the Caraca Nature Reserve in Brasil.  The gardens themselves were dark, the shrubs creating shapeless forms and safety for the scurrying of little creatures.  The mountain night air was crisp providing a welcome respite from

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Rio Sambodrome Carnival 2016
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Photo Gallery: The Carnival Parades at the Rio Sambadrome

The first thing I notice at the Rio Sambadrome is the crush of humanity.  People are packed into the stadium seating with just enough room for little Brasilian surgically-enhanced bottoms.  Personal space, as we Americans like to call it, is disregarded. Luckily, pretty much everyone is standing and many are dancing.  The supporters of each

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Ouro Preto, the Brasilian Gold Rush Town and its UNESCO World Heritage

Through our open windows we could hear the chirping of the Maritaca parrots over the rattling of cars on the cobblestone streets.  The summer rain pelting off the tiled roofs, the clanging of church bells  and the chatter of university students out carousing added to the ambient noise of the town. Ouro Preto, Brasil, is

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Going to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
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Top Tips For Carnival in Rio, the Greatest Party on Earth

Like many people I thought Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in Brasil was just one giant party over 5 days.  In fact, Carnival in Rio consists of a number of different events (samba parades, balls, and blocos).  Here are my top tips for Carnival in Rio if you are thinking of going to the greatest

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Carnival Bloco for Kids
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Family Fun at Rio’s Carnival Bloco for Children

The first thing our children noticed at the Banda de Ipanema Kids Bloco was the shaving cream being squirted by gleefully chuckling Brasilian children.  Then, they noticed the confetti being thrown around.  Our children have never thrown confetti (or squirted shaving cream for that matter) so they were really happy to get into the full

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