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March 18th 2011
Published: March 19th 2011
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Pousada 14 BisPousada 14 BisPousada 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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The Imperial MuseumThe Imperial Museum
The Imperial Museum

They say it's currently the most visited museum in Brazil. Housed within the premises of the former Imperial Palace, D. Pedro II’s favorite residence, it's key attraction is the Emporer's solid gold crown
The Shrine of FatimaThe Shrine of Fatima
The Shrine of Fatima

Fatima, the "Lady of the Rosary"
The Crystal PalaceThe Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace

Essentially a big hall to be used for any purpose, but built as a gift for Princess Isabel in 1879.
São Pedro de Alcântara CathedralSão Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral
São Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral

An 18th century French Neogothic building
...and diaper pants....and diaper pants.
...and diaper pants.

I swear, everyone's wearing them (like the skinny jeans!) and they're no doubt headed for the US

20th March 2011

diaper shorts
dad is 32" waist. Wonderful pix! Xo, pa
21st March 2011

Diaper Shorts
Can you bring me a pair? There are many a nights where it's much too difficult to drop trou; I'd much prefer something with buttons : ) Thank you for sharing!! xoxo
23rd March 2011

FANTASTIC!!! Beautiful Photographs, keep em coming!

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