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By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Occupying the northeast end of Copacabana beach, the shaded streets of Leme offer a rare respite from the milling city without sacrificing natural beauty. Nestled between Morro do Leme and Morro da Babilônia with spectacular views of Sugarloaf, the small neighborhood of Leme enjoys the pace of life reminiscent of a seaside village. At midday the sun shines through vine-choked trees, dappling the mosaic tiles with light. At sunset, a hazy illumination obscures the waves that roll alongside the rocky cliff side of Morro do Leme.

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