However cheesy Carnival may be, Rio de Janeiro -- mad, magical and mysterious -- allows you to live out, if only for a brief moment, your most far-flung fantasies and dreams.
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Rio de Janeiro will host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but each and every day it plays host to a carefree beach lifestyle easy to envy.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Daybreak's glow silhouettes the rainforest-covered mountains nearby while the Atlantic's waters lap at cramped wooden fishing boats....
Summer is finally in full swing, and many find themselves facing the tough decision of a city break or a beach escape as they start planning a vacation. But for visitors looking for the best of both worlds, check out these 10 city beaches.
Gearing up for my first night of Carnival, I spent an inordinate amount of time choosing my dress for the famed Copacabana Palace Ball.
Amaro Azeredo, the flamboyant fellow with the amorous accent and the long, raven-black Medusa locks, commands the counter of the Ditmars Deli like a Fortune 500 CEO.
While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.
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