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Historic Rio: Confeitaria Colombo

Apr 17, 10 Historic Rio: Confeitaria Colombo

Posted by in Blog, Rio, rio-food, Where to Go

If you walk up Rua Gonçalves Dias from the Largo da Carioca, youll pass a number of cool shops. This is a great area for finding good deals on clothes. But the highlight of the street is the classic coffee shop and bakery, the Confeitaria Colombo (Gonçalves Dias 32). Used as the backdrop for numerous Brazilian films and soap...

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Historic Rio: Praca da Carioca

Apr 17, 10 Historic Rio: Praca da Carioca

Posted by in Rio, Where to Go

If you see one church in the downtown area, make it the Igreja de São Francisco (Largo da Carioca, 11am–4pm Wednesday–Friday). Recently restored, the church is a large and beautiful example of the Baroque churches of the 17th and 18th centuries in Brazil, such as those found in Minas Gerais. In fact, some of the master...

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Historic Rio: Praca Floriano (Cinilandia)

Mar 21, 10 Historic Rio: Praca Floriano (Cinilandia)

Posted by in Art, Rio, Where to Go

During the golden days of Hollywood, Brazil was experiencing a cultural and economic growth period at the tail end of the coffee boom. Here in Rio, a number of things were occurring, including international recognition of the city, mostly due to the casinos in Copacabana. In the old downtown area, a number of movie houses were...

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Historic Rio: Praca XV de Novembro

Mar 21, 10 Historic Rio: Praca XV de Novembro

Posted by in Rio, Where to Go

The Praça that marks a major turning point in Brazil’s history, moving from a monarchy to a republic, is right here in downtown Rio, in front of the old Imperial Palace (noon–6:30pm Tuesday–Sunday) home of the royal family from 1808–1889. Naturally, the praça was renamed in honor of the occasion, which took...

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Rio de Janeiro: Planning Your Time

Mar 21, 10 Rio de Janeiro: Planning Your Time

Posted by in Rio, Where to Go

The images that come to mind when one thinks of Rio de Janeiro are many and varied, but one that always seems to appear is of the famous Copacabana boardwalk and the Copacabana Palace Hotel with its luxurious interior and high-rolling clientele. In its heyday, Copacabana (and the hotel in particular) was the scenario of several...

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Pelourinho (Centro Historico) and Bonfim

Mar 31, 09 Pelourinho (Centro Historico) and Bonfim

Posted by in pelourinho-bonfim, salvador

Over 800 colonial mansions and Baroque churches lean against the hillside of the old city center of Pelourinho. It was here at the Largo do Pelourinho where slaves and outlaws were publicly whipped (the word Pelourinho means whipping post). During its heyday, Pelourinho was the center of Salvador, the capital city of the colony and...

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