By Ruth Faulkner, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Chic neighborhood Leblon, named after a successful French businessman and located in the popular Zona Sul (South Zone), offers a nice beachfront, many high-end restaurants and borders on the natural beauty of the city’s heart-shaped Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. While the neighborhood remains the most expensive in Rio de Janeiro, real estate prices have recently seen a cooling off.

Although it’s considerably quieter than Copacabana or Ipanema, Leblon still bustles with shopping, restaurants and up-until-dawn clubs. While the new Metro line is still under construction . . .

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