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By Charlotte Markham, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Laranjeiras is a smaller neighborhood on the edge of Zona Sul (South Zone) that is often missed by vacationers to the Cidade Maravilhosa, as it is some distance from the popular beaches in Copacabana and Ipanema. Yet located on the foothills of Santa Teresa, it offers a view of the city that blends traditional charm and authentic Carioca culture.

Back in 1835, Guanabara Palace, a center piece of Laranjeiras, was constructed as the residence of the royal Princess Isabel, who would access her home riding through the palm lined . . .

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