A few that have to do with Brazil...

It's becoming ever more difficult to list everything we like out there, so this is really "A few..." We've placed links to great Brazilian sites throughout Maria-Brazil, too.

Alma Carioca. Here almost anything (gorgeous photos, videos, old advertisements) is an excuse to praise Rio de Janeiro, marvelous city that it still is, in spite of all. In Portuguese.

Agenda do Samba e Choro. Whatever is going on in the music scene around Brazil...check it out in Portuguese with these guys. Terrific!

Boticario32. Looking for an exclusive, gorgeous place for your Rio vacation...or just daydreaming in front of your computer screen? Look no further than this to-die-for home filled with handsome antiques in Rio's Largo do Boticário.

Brazilian Embassy, Washington, D.C. Important links and all you need to know about visas, etc.

Brazil Insight, The Netherlands. An initiative of the Trade and Tourism Office of the Brazilian Embassy in The Hague, this site has all kinds of useful, interesting information for prospective travelers. Our favorite tip: a tour of the Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil's counterpart to our Napa Valley, which has attained the coveted Geographic Indication for its great wines.

Brazilink. A portal with links to all kinds of sites about Brazil.

Brol.com. The best place online to arrange for your travel and stay in Brazil just keeps getting better.

Canoa Quebrada. One of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Ceará, owned by a friendly Italian. If you want to beat the European or Brazilian crowds, get there around November.

David Whitman. An American photographer in love with all things Brazilian. David wrote a lovely piece called "Yellow is the Color of Brazil." Check it out!

Fotos HZ4. A group of photographers in Rio offers beautiful free images of Brazil in exchange for a link in a reputable site or blog.

Globo Television Network. Your favorite "novelas," news, and everything else.

Gringoes.com.  In Brazil the word doesn't have the awful connotations it has in the rest of Latin America...this site is done by an Irishman who lives in Brazil. It has all sorts of useful info for foreigners who find themselves in the same situation.

Hemispherical Radio. Ellen Collison writes with a ton of talent, empathy, and good taste about the music of many countries around the world, but her "secret" love, we suspect, is Brazil. Whether your tastes lean toward MPB or Brazilian violeiros, la crème of Brazilian music is what Ellen's programs are all about.

InfoBrazil. Brazilian current affairs, analysis and opinion; in English.

Ipanema. (all about that neighborhood of Rio and much more. Very cool! Don't miss it if you're going...and it's a lot of fun even if you're not!) This one gets a big smack and a hug.

Kuarup Discos. This is our favorite music label from Brazil. From choros to Xangai (the most amazing voice from the backlands of Bahia)...we love it all, dearly!

Lonely Planet Guide to Brazil. These guys think WE are quirky...but together we make a good team, I think...definitely check them out before you go.

Museu Villa-Lobos. The great Brazilian composer now has his own museum and the museum has a Web site...great place to start. Then you can go to Rio and take a real tour.

Pão de Açúcar or Sugarloaf Mountain. One of my favorite, favorite places in Rio...as seen from Botafogo bay, or the walk around Urca...or from Forte de Copacabana...or anywhere, really!

Novica.com. I don't need another present this year after the Presidential elections, but with Christmas season fast approaching here is a site loaded with goodies made by artisans from around the world, including, of course, Brazil. We've been browsing the bracelet gallery (and are partial to the ones made of buriti palm), but there are also gorgeous chokers and pendant necklaces. They've added sections where you can pick up a cuff bracelet or a men's bracelet, and expanded their handbag collection. If you're shopping for corporate gifts, they also feature cufflinks for both men and women.

O Brasil Design. A store in Connecticut that sells beautiful Brazilian reclaimed wood furniture and high-end crafts. Now you don't need to travel to Minas Gerais to pick up that table or sideboard...

O Globo.com...(one of Rio's major newspapers, the cybercure for "saudade do Brasil"). We read everyday and our blood pressure goes up most mornings...we're so furious with the state of affairs in Rio!

On the Road Travel. The ladies over at On the Road Travel seem to be independent, informed, and experienced travelers with a love of adventure. Well, so are we. Check out their Brazil recommendations.

Radar55.com. If you read Portuguese, this is the hippest site to keep track of Brazilian fashion, art and culture, design, food, travel & leisure, etc. And where does the cute name come from? Well, 55 is the country code for Brazil. You can guess the rest.

Rádio MPB-FM. Our favorite radio station in Rio...we listen to it everyday. It reminds me of my childhood, of the hours I spent glued to my short-wave radio...only the internet is so much better!!

Travel Guide Brazil. A veritable mine of travel-related information about Brazil. Clickable maps, hotel search, and flight booking are also available.

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