Festival of São Brás is Celebrated Today in Trancoso in Bahia

Festival of São Brás is Celebrated Today in Trancoso in Bahia

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Report RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The seemingly sleepy seaside town of Trancoso is located in the south of the Brazilian beach state of Bahia. Combining charming colonial architecture with a glorious rainbow palette and endless stretches of near-deserted white sand shores, it is so luxuriously laidback that it attracts many an […]

Property Prices in Rio de Janeiro Fall by 1.36% in 2015

Property Prices in Rio de Janeiro Fall by 1.36% in 2015

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The FipeZap index, which records data of property prices in twenty Brazilian cities, showed that Brazil’s real estate market grew by 1.32 percent in 2015, but also saw a reduction in Rio de Janeiro property prices by 1.36 percent. When inflation is taken into […]

Favela Brass Provides Free Music Lessons for Kids in Rio

Favela Brass Provides Free Music Lessons for Kids in Rio

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In 2014, Tom Ashe, a Briton from Yorkshire, set about opening a music school in the Pereirão community in Rio, a small favela of about three thousand people, which lies between Laranjeiras and Santa Teresa. Now the Favela Brass project gives local children free […]

Brazil’s Bruno Soares in Australian Open Tennis Finals

Brazil’s Bruno Soares in Australian Open Tennis Finals

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Playing in only their third event together, Bruno Soares, from Belo Horizonte, and Jamie Murray, from Scotland, are proving to be a formidable team. The pair, who are ranked seventh in the world, advanced yesterday, January 27th, to the finals of the Australian Open […]

Rio Sees Praça General Osório in Ipanema Being Revitalized

Rio Sees Praça General Osório in Ipanema Being Revitalized

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At the east end of Ipanema, bordering Arpoador and Copacabana, lies Praça General Osório, an unofficial entry point to the neighborhood. As the area is a transport hub bordered by busy streets, it has been known more as a thoroughfare than a destination, but […]

Work Suspended on Rio 2016 Equestrian Complex in Deodoro

Work Suspended on Rio 2016 Equestrian Complex in Deodoro

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio’s City Hall have cancelled the contract of Ibeg Engenharia who were in charge of providing the Olympic equestrian facilities at Deodoro, in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone). Only last week, the same company, along with consortium partners, Tangran and Damiani, had their contract […]

Exploring Rio’s Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira Communities

Exploring Rio’s Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira Communities

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The two favela neighborhoods of Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira occupy a privileged position along Copacabana’s coastline. Nestling at the top of the steep sides of the Morro da Babilônia (Babylon Hill), the communities look down over Leme at the north end of Copacabana beach, […]

Brazil’s Atlético-MG Team Carry Away Florida Cup

Brazil’s Atlético-MG Team Carry Away Florida Cup

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Clube Atlético-MG, from Minas Gerais, were this week crowned champions of the Florida Cup. The Brazilian team was one of nine from around the world to compete in the annual friendly in Florida in the United States. Taking place every January the tournament attracts clubs who […]

Early Carnival Boosts Demand for Short-Term Rentals in Brazil

Early Carnival Boosts Demand for Short-Term Rentals in Brazil

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For many Brazilians Carnival is a time to flee the city, making the most of the public holidays and steering clear of the festivities that happen on the streets. For others and many foreigners it is the moment to descend on places like Rio […]

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