RIO 2016

If you’re sad that the Olympics had to come to an end, you’ll soon have another reason to stay up late and be inspired: the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are on their way, from 7 to 18 September! By far the world’s biggest competition for disabled yet talented athletes, this edition of the Paralympics will see 4 thousand athletes from 176 countries competing in 523 different events. A total of 2,624 medals will be awarded – more than during the Olympics! The individual events comprise 23 sporting modalities – some of which are pretty much the same as their traditional…

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In addition to the Wonderful City’s most famous and popular attractions, such as Christ the Redeemer and the Copacabana beachfront, the State of Rio offers a host of other destinations for tourists to relax and soak in its natural beauty, both along the coastline and in the hilly, inland regions. To help make your stay even more unforgettable, here is a list of interesting locations within an hour’s drive from the City of Rio, put together by Guichê Virtual: 1- Paraty Located on the South coast of the State and accessible via the Rio-Santos 101 highway, the historic little city…

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The Rio 2016 Olympic Games closing ceremony brought to a spectacular close the last fortnight, during which Brazil has not ceased to surprise the watching world. Highlighting Brazil’s most vivid colours, sounds and cultural aspects, the ceremony included tributes to the iconic singer Carmen Miranda – interpreted by Roberta Sá -, the women of Bahia, the country’s North-eastern lace makers, and even dancers dressed as the Pernambucan master Vitalino’s traditional clay dolls. The enchanting cultural narrative told a tale Brazil’s most famous rhythms, from the frevo to the baião, as well as, of course, samba. One of the high points…

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In case you were wondering why the medallists have not been receiving bouquets of flowers on the podium – here is the explanation. The Rio 2016 Olympics are beating the drum for sustainability. To help people get engaged with the theme, the usual flowers have been replaced by an unprecedented 3D statuette of the symbol of the Games. Ostensibly, the object can be used as a stand for the athlete’s medals, but it also represents contagious energy, harmonious diversity and the vibrancy of nature, according to the website Tátil. The statue also features the three colours we all associate with…

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As the competitions draw to a close, expectations grow for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games closing ceremony, which will take place at the Maracanã Stadium, this Sunday, 21 August. Sixteen days after the Olympic Pyre was lit by Vanderlei de Lima, the Games are almost over, and have once more been an action packed extravaganza of sporting success and records, and a joyful coming together of the nations of the world, all to the backdrop of Rio’s natural, high, sunny spirits. There are still a few medals to be awarded, but it is already quite clear that Team GB will…

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During the Olympic Games until the last Sunday (14), at 7 on the dot, the Hotel Copacabana Palace has had a cloud of butterflies projected onto its façade. The butterflies are designed with the flags of all the countries participating in the Games, and classical music is played to coincide with the projection. The amazing light show is a creation of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams and has been fascinating passers-by. It lasts 10 minutes and became an attraction, attracting many people who want to see the beautiful butterflies. To find out more about Kristjana’s work, access www.kristjanaswilliams.com Watch the…

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The Tennis player Andy Murray has written his name in the Olympic history books. On Sunday, 14 August, Murray beat the Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, in a tough match which lasted over 4 hours. Del Potro had made his way to the final in unlikely fashion, and in the end it was asking just a little too much for him to knock the Brit off his perch. The two athletes ended the match completely exhausted, having fought to the end, but Murray was able to stamp his authority on the match and won his second successive Olympic gold medal.…

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To help celebrate the Rio Olympics, what better than to bring some of Brazil’s tastes and brazilian flavour to our tables? The Chef Luciana Berry has brought her talent right to the heart of London, in partnership with the Cinnamon Club Group, and conducted her gastronomic experiment at the Anise Bar / Cinnamon Kitchen. With a menu based on Rio’s boteco bars, the spirit of the event was distinctly Brazilian, all about sharing moments with friends and family around a table-full of delicious food and caipirinhas. Three days of success were guaranteed! Luciana, along with her team of experts, is…

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Football better be careful, because the one sport that has really got people talking so far during the Rio 2016 Games is Rugby Sevens. Rugby is a mainstream sport in Europe, especially in Great Britain, and has already been the topic of one of our articles here on the website (click here to read ). Now, once more, the sport is getting its fair share of attention here in Brazil. Plenty of Brits, and even Americans, were watching the competition as it progressed to its final on 11 August. Getting well into the party atmosphere, they provided an excellent atmosphere…

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Last Sunday, 14 August, was the first day of the artistic gymnastics individual finals, and supporters of Team Brazil and Team GB had their hearts in their mouths. The highlight was the floor equipment. The athletes were pretty much flying over the mattresses, with stupidly difficult acrobatics. The extremely tight competition remained undecided until the final performance. Two Brazilian athletes went away with Olympic medals, with a lovely aftertaste of having overcome previous hardships. Diego Hypólito, went through a period of depression after falling at the last two Olympics. He was the double World Champion going into the 2008 Games,…

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