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Ipanema and Leblon Travel Guide

The Real Girl from Ipanema

Have you ever wondered if there really was a girl from Ipanema? The song was inspired by schoolgirl Heloisa Pinheiro, who caught the fancy of songwriter Antônio Carlos (aka Tom) Jobim and his pal, lyricist Vinicius de Moraes, as she walked past the two bohemians sitting in their favorite bar. They then penned one of last century's classics. That was in 1962, and today the bar has been renamed Bar Garota de Ipanema. Its owners have further capitalized on their venue's renown, with "Garota de..." bars across the city, with the appropriate neighborhood names appended.

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