VSL:WEB // Take a 5-minute vacation, online

Oleg Kaponik’s virtual tour of Rio de Janeiro lets you explore Brazil’s Marvelous City from any number of elevated vantage points.

The (minimal) text is in Russian — but the page is easy to navigate: Use your arrow keys to get around, and the SHIFT and CONTROL keys to zoom in or out of the picture. Once you get the hang of it, you can drop in on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, or catch a glimpse of the Christ the Redeemer statue as it peeks out through the clouds over Corcovado Mountain. Now, if we could get these Russians to invade our air space . . .

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VSL:WEB // Take a 5-minute vacation, online