Samba is the national music of Brazil – and the quintessential sound of Rio de Janeiro. Both a musical genre and type of dance, samba has inspired festivals, food, fashion and visual arts. With its propulsive rhythm and voluptuous dance moves, samba is among of the world’s most popular music. Where better to experience authentic samba than its birthplace, Rio de Janeiro?
Rio de Janeiro is known for it spectacular natural beauty, but the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvelous City) is also home to a rich local culture. Cariocas, as the people of Rio are known, have developed a culture that reflects their character – diverse, sensual, vibrant and reveling in the pleasures of life. Superb food, art, design and, of course, music and dance are elements of Rio’s distinct carioca culture.
Dresden, the enchanting city on the River Elbe, has long been a center of exceptional music. Home to superb musical ensembles, world-renowned opera, numerous music festivals and prestigious music academies, Dresden has drawn music lovers for centuries. You may have even heard of a few…like Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Schumann and Strauss. With its abundant roster of concerts and events, Dresden offers an embarrassment of musical riches.
Exploring Northern California’s Wine Country is a quintessential pleasure in the Golden State. The Napa and Sonoma Valleys are justly renowned and favorite destinations of wine enthusiasts. But they’ve become so popular they’re sometimes quite crowded; the roads clogged with traffic and tastings rooms packed with tour groups. Fortunately for wine lovers there is a superb alternative that is convenient, yet still rural and relaxed – the Lodi Wine region. In fact, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Lodi the Wine Region of the Year for 2015.
Summer in New York brings one of the city’s finest cultural delights – Shakespeare in the Park. Every summer, two new stagings of Shakespeare’s plays (or occasionally other works) are presented in an amphitheater in the heart of Central Park…completely free of charge! Gathering with 1900 people to savor great theater under a canopy of stars is a magical experience.