Rio de Janeiro

Topics: Rio de Janeiro, Carnival, Salvador, Bahia Pages: 4 (1133 words) Published: August 26, 2013
TO: Pamela Hunt, President of Robeson Community College
FROM: Taylor Britt, Employee at Robeson Community College
DATE: April 11, 2013
SUBJECT: Family Vacation to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

INTRODUCTION

A family vacation to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a new experience, a new beginning, a new awakening, a new picture, and most certainly a new memory. Traveling companions are Taylor Britt, nineteen, Cynthia Britt, mother, forty-eight and Megan Britt, sibling, twenty-three. The approximate length of this trip will be four nights and five days. The reason for choosing Rio de Janeiro was to visit Christ the Redeemer statue and to participate in the carnival Rio de Janeiro has every February.

HEART AND SOUL OF RIO DE JANEIRO

Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1565 by Portuguese colonizers. The famous statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) is the fifth largest statue of Jesus in the world and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.

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Rio de Janeiro is a combination of sun-drenched tropical beaches, throbbin4g dance music and lively personalities. Despite its dense population and widespread poverty, Rio is a passionate and dynamic city, especially when the fabulous Carnival parade hits the streets in summer. Rio has something for everyone, fascinating museums, gracious old churches, thrilling football matches and a great nightlife. They call it the Cidade Maravilhosa - the Marvelous City.

Rio de Janeiro is the city it is today because of its historical past. The site of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portuguese explorers as they entered Guanabara Bay on the first of January, 1502. Since the bay was considered the mouth of a river, the city was named in honor of the day, Rio de Janeiro, or River of January. French traders also settled in the Guanabara Bay area, in an attempt to gain an economic and strategic foothold in Brazil. After two years of battles (1565-67), the French were expelled and the site of Rio was moved up onto a...

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