For World Cup tourists, a beach centerpiece

The World Cup is here and the streets of Rio de Janeiro are filling up with tourists. If there is one place they are all heading for, it is Ipanema Beach. This is the heart and soul of Rio -- not just a beautiful spot to swim and bathe, but a democratic, public space where rich and poor are both, for once, on an equal footing. From beach volleyball to art gallery happenings, so much in Rio happens on this beach. Here's a taste of what it's like to be there, without the plane ticket to Brazil.

Dom Phillips is The Post's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro. He has previously written for The Times, Guardian and Sunday Times.
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