Rio Carnival

The world's 10 greatest parties

From Venice and Rio to Bolivia's Oruro, some cities really know how to kick up their heels. Natalie Paris chooses the best

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Heartstrings and harmonies ... fado singer Mariza

Sigh notes

In the backstreets of Lisbon, Kate Armstrong joins the night owls for a hauntingly beautiful musical experience.

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A city of ups and downs

Lisbon might be keen on jocks and knickers but Andrew Taylor finds out what's really underneath.

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