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Petrópolis, Brazil: Strong on History and Nature

  • Alexandra Branscombe
  • 14 January 2014

Lacking the aggressive tourism practices found in Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis is delightfully free of pressure. Visitors here find a more wholesome and native Brazilian experience, whether it involves walking the same cobblestone streets that the Brazilian imperial family once did or gazing out at the Atlantic Rainforest from the top of a mountain.

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Positive Action in Rio de Janeiro, Not Favela Safari Tours

  • Felipe Zalamea
  • 24 June 2013

We suggest that you DO NOT take one of the so-called favela safari tours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What you’ll get is something like a soldier’s view of Baghdad or Belfast during the most troubled times in those two cities, which is not at all the reality of the favelas. We have a much better idea: keep things to a small scale and travel on foot with a tour guide from the favela itself, not an outsider. You can be a warmly welcomed visitor.

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The Old Travel Show Is Dead, Long Live the New York Travel Festival

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 11 April 2013

On April 20 and 21, 2013, the New York Travel Festival casts its inaugural spell on the New York metropolitan area. Conceived of and given shape as something more inspiring and more anchored in place than the typical travel event, it aims “to reinvent the consumer travel show.”

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A Perfect Day in Sydney: Travelling Like a Local

  • Ethan Gelber with Jane Higgins
  • 20 March 2013

This is an homage to a home away from home in the land Down Under. By authors no longer resident there, it is a fond remembrance of Sydney – a perfect day in Sydney – informed by beloved qualities of it discovered over time.

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Photo of the Week: Carnival of Cultures, Pentecost in Berlin, Germany

  • Björn Awe
  • 7 March 2013

Every year around Pentecost (the end of the Easter season), Berlin celebrates its multiculturalism with a Carnival of Cultures! During a four-day street party (from May 17 to 20 in 2013), there’s a lively procession full of costumes, music and dance, and about 4,000 participants perform for more than 750,000 visitors.

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Photo of the Week: A Sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam

  • Huong Tran (Photo and Text)
  • 31 January 2013

Visitors to Hoi An, Vietnam, almost always already know about its narrow streets flanked by traditional buildings full of colourful lanterns, fusion restaurants, and shoe or tailor shops. But not many people know about the other Hoi An – a fascinating typical Vietnamese countryside of rice paddies, thatched cottages, water coconut and huge fishing nets right where the peaceful Thu Bon River runs into the ocean.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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São Paulo, Brazil, Shares Its Bustling Metropolis with whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 18 December 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. It’s easy to see why São Paulo, Brazil, with its gleaming skyscrapers and modern infrastructure, is thought of by many travellers as a concrete metropolis. São Paulo, however, has so much more to offer than meets the eye, especially to people who attend the 70,000 events it hosts per year as one of the world’s biggest event destinations, and to the business travellers who account for 60 per cent of the city’s foreign visitors.

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Photo of the Week: Angel Place Birdcages, Sydney, Australia

  • Ryan Zaknich (photo and text)
  • 7 December 2012

This photo was taken in Angel Place in the downtown area of Sydney, Australia. It is part of an art exhibit installed by the local council to remind us of the abundant birdlife that was in the area prior to English settlement. The birdcages are empty to remind us of the birds that have long since flow away.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Cairo, Egypt

  • Africa.com
  • 28 November 2012

Meaning “the victorious city,” Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, populated by more than 18 million people. Filling both banks of the Nile River in the north of the country, Cairo has been home to numerous Egyptian civilisations as far back as 6,000 years and is only a short distance from the world-famous pyramids of Giza. First time in Cairo? Here’s a list of the Top 10 things to do.

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