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Published: March 19th 2011
Pousada 14 Bis
Looking out into our garden
Hidden away in the Atlantic Rainforest above Rio is a fabulous little mountain town. Enchanted looking little forests and buildings with fog rolling in amongst the tree tops. It’s an oasis, straight out of a fairytale, with quite a bit of history as well.
Known as the summer home of Brazil’s last Emporor as well as the home of Mr. Santos Dumont (rival to the Wright Brothers as the father of flight), Petropolis has a beautiful historic center and lots of museums. For us, it was the cheaper of the Rio Carnaval housing options and only an hour bus ride away, so we ended up there by chance. However Pousada 14 Bis (named after Santos Dumont’s famous plane) turned out to be the nicest place we’d stayed, and the town was a hidden treasure (not to mention a fantastic recovery town from the 3:30 am flight and a side trip to Carnaval).
Short and sweet, we did lots of walking tours in our down time and I fell in love with a delicious pastry filled with chicken and capitury (a soft cheese) at the Hong Kong Pasteleria. Such diversity in Brazil in ethnicities of people. Like the US in
variety, but all speaking Portuguese and living the Brazilian life. Pretty cool!
And now, without further ado….CARNAVAL
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