By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – What Laranjeiras lacks in beaches and tourists, it makes up for in verdancy, sophistication and a gema da Cidade (at the heart of the city) lifestyle. Tucked away from Guanabara bay and under the watchful gaze of Christ the Redeemer, Laranjeiras is a historically rich neighborhood that has enjoyed a deserved resurgence over recent years.

Once a royal residence, the neighborhood is home to two stunning palaces: the eponymous Palácio Laranjeiras, formerly the home to Brazil’s presidents and now the official residence of the state governor, it . . .

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