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BRAZIL-RIO/POOL
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February 01, 2017
In a city best known for fashionable beaches and world-class surf, bathers at one local watering hole...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Wider Image: Fun in the sun at Rio's piscinao
In a city best known for fashionable beaches and world-class surf, bathers at one local watering hole take pride in the exact opposite Ð the no-fuss atmosphere of a giant, artificial pond. Known as the "piscinao," or big pool, the swimming hole brims daily with locals from the surrounding neighbourhood of Mare and other working class districts nearby, especially on steamy days of the ongoing Brazilian summer. Filled with seawater and covering an area the size of three soccer fields, the pond, near Rio's international airport, is scoffed at by some locals, especially at posher points along the city's verdant Atlantic shoreline. But the proudly blue-collar piscinao is a haven for many who prefer not to spend time and money commuting and buying refreshments at tourist-filled beaches like Ipanema or Copacabana, more than 20 kms and a socio-economic gulf away. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "DOCE POND" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: BRAZIL-RIO/POOL
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