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Tips For Having The Best Experience at Carnival in Venice
Italy

Tips For Having The Best Experience at Carnival in Venice

Having just returned from Venice Carnival 2017, I have mixed feelings about visiting this city during this festival.  Many of the carnival outfits and the Venetian masquerade masks were truly beautiful. On the other hand, Venice is busy at the best of times and we found the crowds overwhelming. I do think it is an

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Brasil

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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Rio Sambodrome Carnival 2016
Brasil

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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Going to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Brasil

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
Brasil

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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Carnaval de La Vega Brings Out The Devils

Shrove Tuesday os also known as Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday.  Traditionally it was the day you used up all your rich food ingredients (butter, eggs etc.) before you started fasting for the season of Lent in the Christian calendar.  We were in France so in lieu of pancakes we had crepes. The crepes were

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The Best Laid New Year’s Carnival Plans…

The first part of this post was written when we were South Africa and we were looking forward to the Ministrel Carnival the day after New Years Day.  The second part of this post requires an update because the Carnival did not go according to plan. Ministrel Carnival Have you heard of the Coon Carnival

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