The sidewalk as masterpiece on Copacabana Beach. Design by Roberto Burle Marx.

Tomorrow marks the kickoff of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. There’s been a ton of controversy around spending for this event, but even still we look forward to a chance to visit, even if just vicariously. From the coast of Rio where the sea and land swell up to meet each other in the most glorious arcs and dips to the lush interior, Brazil (Brasil in the native Portuguese) infects you like a Jobim samba. After one chorus, you are charmed by its sway and entranced by its tropicalia. Goal!

Final scene from the classic 1959 film, "Black Orpheus," shot in Brazil

Final scene from the classic 1959 film, “Black Orpheus,” shot in Rio.