Sunday, October 29, 2006

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20 May 2006 Lunch at Petropolis

I can't remember how many times we had been here for lunch but each time I enjoyed a lot, not on the food but the weather. It's tropical, mild climate, without a dry season, having an average annual temperature of 16ºC.

Here's the little history of Petropolis:

The city’s history started in 1830 when Dom Pedro I fell in love with the climate and beauty of the Mata Atlântica and decided to buy the Córrego Seco Farm. The land was inherited by Dom Pedro II and then, on March 16, 1843, it became Petrópolis. The urban project, which was considered daring at the time, can be appreciated until today on the Historical downtown streets, once the Farm’s headquarters. Petrópolis, built to be the Court headquarters, still has the majesty of cities that made history. The mansions of the barons, viscounts and counts located next to the Imperial Palace, are today a beautiful museum, revealing the life style of a romantic and aristocratic period, of evening parties and sophisticated attires, of refinement and power. The traces of the Empire are not the only reason the city enchants and attracts visitors. In the region there is also the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, where the rocky formation called “Dedo de Deus (God’s Finger)” is located. Trails and horse riding tours take the tourist to discover an abundant vegetation, orchids, waterfalls, valleys and mountains that offer a stunning view and plenty of adventure.

Although I had been here few times but trust me, I never been to the museum yet. Only to the only shopping street to do some shopping and then have to rush back cos it take another 1 hr to reach Rio.

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