Recife
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The US is going up against Germany on June 26 in this sprawling coastal city in northeast Brazil. And two enormous celebrations will collide into one throughout June since World Cup coincides with the month Recife celebrates its patron saint with the Festa Junina festival, guaranteed to bring more music, dancing and colorful revelry to the city streets.  It's a 20-minute taxi ride north of Recife to Olinda, one of Brazil's best-preserved colonial outposts, which features twisting streets, inviting galleries, and bohemian beauties taking a break from the city crush.