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Celebrate good times and ancient traditions: readers’ favourite carnivals
After a two-year, Covid-enforced hiatus, this weekend marks the start of carnival around the world. Our revellers recall celebrations of singing, dancing and orange-hurling from festas past

Guardian readers

24, Feb, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Hopes for surge in holiday bookings as England’s ‘red list’ cut to seven countries
Tour operators welcome lifting of Covid restrictions on 47 countries and urge government to simplify testing protocols – and resist U-turns

Nazia Parveen and Rachel Dixon

07, Oct, 2021 @4:40 PM

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Samba and caipirinhas: how to celebrate Rio’s cancelled carnival online
The world’s biggest party should have started today. Enjoy the virtual version through livestream shows, music and online tours of Rio’s spectacular sights

Gavin McOwan

12, Feb, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Feel the heat: Gilles Peterson's Brazilian playlist
From samba to jazz and house, the DJ and founder of radio station Worldwide FM picks 10 tracks to transport you to Brazil

Antonia Wilson

29, Apr, 2020 @12:29 PM

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A vision in concrete: Oscar Niemeyer’s Brazil
As Brasília turns 60, it’s time to reassess the legendary modernist architect on a visit to the Brazilian capital and Rio de Janeiro

Chris Hall

02, Feb, 2020 @11:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Rio de Janeiro: 10 top tips
As a direct budget flight from London launches this week, our Brazil correspondent picks out favela feasts, samba sessions and seaside cycle rides to savour

Dom Phillips

05, Apr, 2019 @5:30 AM

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'Pure inspiration': our writers pick their favourite cycle rides
A morning climb up the Corcovado in Rio, a Hampshire school commute, and a magical Scottish 100-mile trip are among our favourite routes

Jonathan Watts, James Walsh, Basia Cummings, Helen Pidd, Mark Rice-Oxley, Maeve Shearlaw, Peter Walker, Nick Van Mead, Peter Kimpton and Guy Lane

17, Sep, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Ragamuffin revolt: a celebration of gaucho traditions in southern Brazil
Every September the gauchos in the state of Rio Grande do Sul Brazil mark a 10-year civil uprising with a free music, dance and food festival

Luiz Bruno

23, Aug, 2017 @10:35 AM

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Pão de queijo is the history of Brazil in a moreish cheese snack
Indigenous Brazilians, African slaves and European farmers all influenced the evolution of these tasty cheese balls from the state of Minas Gerais

Sarah Gilbert

25, Jun, 2017 @12:00 PM

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10 top tips from our Rio de Janeiro correspondent
From the birthplace of samba to sundowners by the sea, our man in Rio knows where to go for a good night out, as well as the best spots for taking in the breathtaking tropical beauty of the ‘Marvellous City’

Jonathan Watts

24, Apr, 2017 @5:30 AM

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‘São Paulo makes London seem like a village’
With its feverish energy, opulent nightlife, culture and chaos, the Brazilian megalopolis is a perfect setting for Joe Thomas’s debut crime thriller

Interview by Jane Dunford

10, Feb, 2017 @11:30 AM

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Brazilian Mama: boutique hotel chain Mama Shelter opens in Rio
Mama Shelter, a budget boutique hotel brand setup by the co-founder of Club Med, has plumped the cushions at a chic, stylish new property in Rio

Will Coldwell

28, Oct, 2016 @12:02 PM

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