BY JANET STEINBERG
RIO DE JANEIRO..."River of January"...Like a sensual woman, the mere mention of her name connotes romance and excitement. Before you even arrive you will feel her anticipatory magic under your skin.
The breathtaking city of Rio de Janeiro was so named by the Portuguese who mistook its island-dotted harbor for a river when they discovered it in January 1502. The city's name may have been a mistake, but there is no mistaking the aura of romance, adventure and youthful exuberance that leaves the city of Rio unrivaled in all the world.
Rio de Janeiro. What remains to be said about a city of fantasy and dreams? "God," say the Brazilians, "made the world in six days. On the seventh he made Rio." Rio is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Exuberant Cariocas, the name given to the10-million natives of Rio de Janeiro, will wrap their warmth around you. Exotic siren-like Guanabara Bay will wrap its beaches around you.
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