Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Brazil series - Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!!

By Anna Avalanche, Gisa Miles, Luiz Speedwell and Rodrigo Bastos

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This is my recent article for déjà vu magazine. Hope you all enjoy, and if you do, please leave a comment.

This is my first article about Brazil, for the series “Welcome to Visit Brazil”. Every month I intend to show, with the help of some friends, a different Brazil city or region and the most beautiful places in the world.

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Brazil is very big, almost a continent, and has a big tourism industry, doesn’t have conflicts since 1870 (Paraguayan War) nor natural disasters (hurricane, tsunami, earthquake, tornadoes), the people is friendly, warm, and very affable with visitors. I will initiate this article with the most notorious Brazil city of course.

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Rio de Janeiro ("River of January", in English), is the second major city of Brazil, behind São Paulo. The city is capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuries—from 1763 to 1822 while it was a Portuguese colony and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. Rio was the only colony city in the world that was a capital of an Empire - the Portuguese Empire from 1808 to 1821. The Brazilian independence was peaceful because of those circumstances.

Kwon as the marvelous city, Rio de Janeiro has attractive that give it an enormous international fame.

The city is owner of a unique natural beauty. The contrast between the sea with mountains and the old with the contemporary become it irresistible. The weather in Rio de Janeiro is always very agreeable and the city doesn’t depend on seasons of the year to attract visitants. Its attractions can be appreciated at any time of the year.

The richness of its history and the contagious fun of its residents have contributed to its image as a very special destination. There are Majestic monuments, natural parks, splendid belvederes, historical buildings, glamorous beaches and more.

Who has never heard about carnival in Rio? Or about Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ Redeemer? Or about the beautiful beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, that have inspired musicians from all over the world?

Some of the most famous local landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Jesus, known as Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado Mountain, which has recently been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car.

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The Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

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Rio also boasts the two world's largest forests inside an urban area. The first is the forest in Parque Estadual da Pedra Branca, or White Stone State Park. The second, almost connected to the first, is the famous Floresta da Tijuca, or 'Tijuca Forest'.

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Rio de Janeiro has too a lot of cultural attractions. Furthermore, Réveillon and Carnaval its two major festivals, there are always something new happening in Rio - exhibitions, dance, music shows and sporting events.
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“Cidade Maravilhosa” escrito por André Filho em 1934.
“MARVELOUS CITY” music
from André Filho em 1934
Cidade maravilhosa
Marvelous city
Cheia de
encantos mil
Full of a thousand enchantments…
Cidade maravilhosa
Marvelous city
Coração do meu Brasil!
Heart of my Brazil!
Berço
do samba e das lindas canções
Birthplace of samba and beautiful songs
Que vivem n’alma da gente…
Which live in our souls…
És o altar dos
nossos corações
It is the altar for our hearts
Que cantam alegremente!
Which joyfully sing!
Jardim florido de amor e saudade
Blooming
garden of love and nostalgia
Terra que a todos seduz…
Land that seduces
us…
Que Deus te cubra de felicidade
God endowed you with felicity
Ninho de sonho e de luz.
A place of dreams and elucidation.


Well people, that’s all for today. See you all in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil.

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This article has been sponsored by AA Trade Company, Cleary (128,128,0) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cleary/128/128/0

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2 comments:

Wildstar said...

that is absolutely lovely !!!

May I have a LM to TP there ? :)

Bikko ;) said...

Brazil looks amazing!