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I have not been to Brazil myself yet, but this is on my list, so here is what my research thus far has found. As hippietrail pointed out, the Carnaval in Rio (and in Sao Paulo) has grown to be a huge event that requires a purpose-built stadium in each city. These Carnavals are put on as big mega-parades by Samba Schools and are nowadays meant to be seen ...


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The sign "dekoriert" in Germany and also in Switzerland means that there will be Fasnacht/Fasching/Karneval decoration in the venue, mostly in Restaurants and Bars. Only decoration - nothing else implied. You will find those signs on the most boring and conservative countryside family restaurants just as well as downtown bars that open at 23:00 and close at ...


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Basically, there are two different kind of carnival in Germany. The one in the Rhineland, called Rhenish Carnival and the one in the Southern part of Germany, that looks similar to the Carnival in parts of Switzerland and Austria. The Rhenish Carnival is especially strong in Cologne, Mainz and Düsseldorf. In the Southern region of Germany, the Carnival is ...


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"Do you just buy a ticket to Rio, book any hotel and just enjoy?" That's about exactly what I did for my visit in February 2009. Well I chose my hotel carefully - a decent hotel - search engines are your friend as are reviews. I chose a major airline as well. I booked tickets to the Sambadrome online and for one of the Samba school balls at a ticket seller ...


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Yes MANY more tourists than usual. You can also expect very cold weather, sometimes sunny, sometimes not, but always cold and windy. Better to bring a camera that looks less amateurish than traditional tourist compacts. Masked people expect to attract photographs and to appear later in newspapers, magazines or websites. This is a game between masked people ...


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OK then, I'll give this a crack and modify some schedules I've found in online tours. It sounds fun. I'll allow for about a week in Bahia: Thursday 2nd Feb (this assumes 2012). Arrive in Salvador, Bahia. Check in, relax. Friday - Go see the city. There's a lot to see, and you'll start getting into the vibe for tonight. This night is the night of the ...


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Yes, although it will still require a few preparations, as you'll need to join a samba school. Although you won't need to know how to samba! From BookersInternational: What you require All you require is to choose which samba school you’d like to parade with and which wing of the parade you’d like to be in. Each wing has its own costume and you can ...


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The Carnival is a huge thing in Venice with lots of related events in and outside the city. The city is going to be very crowded and you may want to book in advance if you want to find accommodation inside the city. Prices are higher, too. Another option I usually consider when going to Venice is sleeping in Treviso or Padova (or other city nearby) which are ...


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Here you can find lots of info about the Venice Carnival: carnevale.venezia.it In the programme you can check the events. It is easy to find many masks in the city during those weekends. In Carnival period Venice is more expensive than the rest of the year so I suggest you sleep in Mestre (the part of Venice on land) to save some money. You can easily ...


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Well, I am German and I know what Karneval is. To tell the truth, if a foreign guest would suggest to visit "Karneval" in Cologne, I would flinch and my face would show a freezing grin. I despise, detest, loathe Karneval in Cologne. Heartily. Still tolerable for me is visiting carneval processions. But visiting a "standard carneval" session is like ...



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