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– Amazonian fish 1,500 species of fish have already been discovered in Amazonian rivers, but estimates suggest that there is probably at least double this amount. This would equate to 15 times the number of species found in European rivers. – A gift from Norwegian people The Christmas tree displayed in Trafalgar Square each year is an annual gift from the people of Oslo, in gratitude for the London’s support during World War II. – They don’t make them like they used to Worldwide, Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest palace still in regular use by…

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– Pico da Neblina, Brazil’s highest point Rising to a height of 2,995m above sea level, the Pico da Neblina is the apex of the Imeri mountain range in northern Amazonas, and the highest point in Brazil. The name, quite literally “The Peak of the Mist”, refers to the climatic tendency in the area—the mountain is often shrouded in mist and fog. Although most of the mountain range lies on the Venezuelan side of the Brazilian border, the highest peak, the Pico da Neblina, is in Brazil. – The first tourists in Brazil The first official tourists to…

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Discover the origins of some of the more curious and amusing expressions that the Brazil’s northerners gave the rest of the country Any language, given its constant evolution, can be said to have a life of its own. If the UK, a relatively small country, is home to several distinct dialects, imagine what is possible in a country the size of Brazil. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, Brazil is home to some of the most peculiar and surreal popular expressions when it comes to the Portuguese language, much in the same way that English has grown to incorporate some quite unusual idioms…

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Find out more about three fantastic London parks for fun and relaxation Whether you are after a spot of relaxation, exercise, a picnic or a romantic afternoon, London’s parks attract as many locals as they do tourists, thanks to their picturesque settings, complete with ancient woods and grand old houses. However, these attractions are just a couple of the reasons why people visit the city’s famous parks. 1 – Hampstead Heath Located in northwest London, Hampstead Heath is vast; taking in plenty of natural beauty over the course of its 300 hectares, with walking trails, gardens, fields, woods and…

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Have you ever wondered what the most popular foods in Brazil are? Or in the UK? Might there be any similarities? A study conducted by Oxfam (a British charity), gives us a good idea. They interviewed 16,400 adults in 17 different countries, including Brazil and the United Kingdom. Have a look at the two nations top ten favourite dishes. Brazil Lasagna Rice Pasta Feijoada* Pizza  Barbecue Chicken Fish Massas Beans   *Feijoada is a traditional Bean Stew, with pork cuts, served with farofa (seasoned manioc flour), fried cabbage and sliced orange. UNITED KINGDOM Steak Pasta Chicken Curry Pizza Chocolate…

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With the objective to promote Brazil and Brazilian suppliers to British consumers and the travel trade VBRATA – Visit Brazil Travel Association, the British/European Travel Trade Association Specialised in Brazil, has launched today in London its 2018 calendar of events. Below is the schedule of promotional activities designed to promote Brazil in the UK, which has the support of the Embassy of Brazil in London, save the dates in your diary: 1. VBRATA Brazilian Road Show for Travel Agents: 15 to 17 May in Bristol, Brighton and Manchester 2. London Caipirinha Festival 2018 – Travel Trade and Press Seminar: 5…

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Buildings recognised as historic state patrimony by Condephaat (São Paulo State Council for the Defence of Historic, Archaeological, Artistic and Touristic Patrimony) preserve and promote the history of the State of São Paulo and take visitors on a trip into the past. Among highlights are the São Luiz do Paraitinga Historic Centre, São João da Boa Vista Theatre, the Coffee Museum in Santos and the Felícia Leirner Museum in Campos do Jordão. SANTOS Coffee Museum (Originally the Official Coffee Stock Exchange) The Coffee Stock Exchange was founded to be of service to the coffee business in Santos, the city being…

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The Night Tube is running Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria, Jubilee, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines The night tube service has been made possible thanks to the continued modernisation of significant parts of the Underground network and improved levels of reliability. Independent research into the economic benefits of the Night Tube found that the service has boost jobs and helped maintain London’s status as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit. See below service details so you can enjoy you night: Victoria line – trains run on average every 10 minutes across…

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The population of a South American giant Brazil now ranks as the 5th most populated country in the world, home to nearly 210 million people! The top four are China, India, the United States and Indonesia. The construction of Brasilia Rio de Janeiro was Brazil’s capital city for 197 years. Once the decision was made to move the capital to the Central Plateau—where there was absolutely nothing at the time—the city of Brasilia was constructed in less than four years! Coffee Despite being a major coffee-producing country, Brazil only ranks 15th in the world in terms of consumption. Brazilians consume…

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Brazil has had eight names to date: Pindorama (its indigenous name); Ilha de Vera Cruz, in 1500; Terra Nova, in 1501; Terra dos Papagaios, in 1501; Terra de Vera Cruz, in 1503; Terra de Santa Cruz, in 1503; Terra Santa Cruz do Brasil, in 1505; Terra do Brasil, in 1505. It was only shortened to Brasil in 1527.  From 1891 to 1969 the official name of the country was the United States of Brasil before becoming, in 1969, the República Federativa do Brasil (Federal Republic of Brazil).

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