It was winter, and that, probably, softened the contrast between the hot weather in Rio de Janeiro, and the cooler air of the mountains. The only thing we could notice was the dramatic difference in landscape and architecture. After several days “being” somewhere in Portugal, we arrived somewhere in France or Switzerland. The general look of Petrópolis, the buildings, the gardens, everything demonstrated that this must have been a preferred place to European immigrants other from Portuguese.
But Portuguese history and culture was still strongly present. And we appreciated this getaway place, representing another look in the mosaic of Brazilian contrasts.
The imperial museum
A large colonial building that once was emperor Pedro II’s summer residence, is now the Imperial Museum.
If you want to discover the story of the independence, and are prepared for the long lines (or it was only our bad luck?), you must visit this museum, one of the best in Brazil.
The “animation” in the waiting lines was performed by a sloth, free and confident, in the surrounding trees
Website: Museu Imperial
My God! This preciosity was burnt? Unbelievable!