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Rio de Janeiro Travel Tips for First-Time Visitors

by Jess Moss. Posted Feb 28th 2014 01:00 PM
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Rio de Janeiro's famous sites like Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue have been the stuff of postcards as long as people have been sending postcards. Whether you're traveling here for Carnival, scored 2014 World Cup tickets or are just taking a Brazil vacation, here are five first-timer tips for traveling to Rio:
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KISS Cruise Set To Rock the High Seas

by Chris Owen. Posted May 17th 2011 12:30 PM
KISS Cruise Set To Rock the High Seas


This October, fans of the iconic rock band KISS may very well have their dreams come true as Carnival Destiny sets sail on a five-day immersive charter. Called The KISS Kruise, theme cruise promoter Sixthman is taking names now for pre-sale sign up.
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Brazil Handing Out 89 Million Condoms at Carnival

by Libby Zay. Posted Mar 3rd 2011 11:30 AM
Brazil's health ministry plans to hand out 89 million free condoms during the Carnival celebrations in Rio De Janeiro, which begins Saturday. The number is 26 million more condoms than were given out last year.
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Mardi Gras Masks

by Christopher Curley. Posted Feb 14th 2011 11:00 AM
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Mardi Gras masks are in essence Carnival masks, which means their history lies in the Venetian and French masquerade balls that were in vogue in the royal courts of Europe from the 15th century onward. In America, where Mardi Gras is probably best known (under the name "Mardi Gras," that is, and not "Carnival"), masks have a complicated, but rich history.
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The Masquerade Ball: From Venice to New Orleans

by Amber DeGrace. Posted Feb 8th 2011 11:39 AM
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When I hear the words 'masquerade ball' I picture mystery, intrigue, and romance. I envision women in elaborate dresses, their faces hidden by feathered masks. I see elegant men wearing the finest of threads, appearance disguised by tooled leather covering their face. There is debauchery, of course. There is always a bit of debauchery in my Masquerade Ball fantasies. What are Masquerade Balls like in real life and where can you find yourself an opportunity to attend one?
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