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Brazil’s Best and Write-est

There are changes taking place in Brazil’s robust literary scene. Brazilian writers under 40 are producing notable works, the best of which have been translated into English.

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Ubatuba Beaches and Other Recreation

While Ubatuba itself has some passable beaches, they pale in comparison to the more unspoiled sheltered coves and sandy expanses you’ll find north and south of town. The majority of these are easily accessible by car and municipal buses as well as by boat.

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Making House Calls in Rio, Part 2

Recently, Michael visited two fantastic Rio de Janeiro homes that are open to the public. In 1992, the Salles family decided to convert their former residence into a private cultural center known as the Instituto Moreira Salles.

Beyond quaint buildings with tile roofs, the ocean stretches to the horizon.

The Beaches of Natal, Brazil

Natal is all about its beaches. From the calm waters of Praia do Forte to the beautiful sands of lively Ponta Negra, Brazil expert Michael Sommers guides you to the area’s best beaches and related sights.

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Making House Calls in Rio, Part 1

Recently, MIchael visited two fantastic Rio de Janeiro homes – both of which are located in leafy residential parts of the Zona Sul and both of which are open to the public.

B&B overlooking the beach

The Dawning of Brazil’s B&B Age

Many B&Bs are located in the charming, hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Many of the villas built along steep winding streets in the 19th century have recently been renovated into boutique hotel, intimate guesthouses and B&Bs.

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Rio’s Alternative Points of View

Unknown to many tourists, there are happily many other Carioca summits that offer alternatively impressive views far from the crowds that flock to Sugarloaf and Corcovado. Michael Sommers points you towards some off the beaten path alternatives.

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Taxi Trouble in Santa Teresa

Michael Sommers had a tough time arranging a taxi to Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood. Here’s how to talk reluctant taxi drivers into taking you to one of Rio’s most centrally located, historically rich, and downright charming areas.