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Posted by Ana Lucia at 2:22 am in Travel

Besides Paraty, there are a few places I would love to show my husband.

Búzios, for instance. aerea2.jpg Just 105 miles from Rio de Janeiro, a pleasant 2-hour trip takes you to the peninsula of Búzios, rpedras1.jpgwhose more than 20 magnificent beaches and crystal-clear water contrast with the exuberantly sculptured landscape and exotic vegetation, which a prodigal “Mother Nature” has privileged with a wonderful year-round summer. frente_mapa_2007_850pxl.jpgOriginally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this happy mixture of many bloods prospered and became a picturesque fishing village, elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world, famous for its unique combination of rustic charm, agito.jpgarchitectural harmony, incredible beauty and sophisticated boutiques and restaurants ruadaspedras2.jpgfrequented by discerning visitors who come from all over the world to savour its magic.ruadaspedras.jpg

Central Brasil

Ouro Preto

foto01.jpgFounded in the early eighteenth century, Ouro Preto is a masterpiece of colonial Brazilian architecture and art. In fact, UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site. minas5.jpg

Here the intricate details of the buildings and art works clearly reflect the originality and autonomy of the craftsmen and artists who created this monument of Brazilian baroque style.foto07.jpg The painting of Manuel da Costa Athaíde and the sculptures of Antônio Francisco Lisboa, Aleijadinho, are living examples of this period of enormous creative inspiration. A visit to Ouro Preto is a step back into history and past human accomplishments.foto121.jpg The town has thirteen large churches and numerous public monuments and buildings. The most spectacular of the churches are Saint Francis, Our Lady of Carmo, Our Lady of the Rosary, Pilar and Antônio Dias. minas4.jpgOther important sites include the Casa dos Contos (the former minting house), the Inconfidência Museum (which documents Brazil’s earliest movement), the Mineralogical Museum and the world class Museu do Oratório (with its magnificent collection of sacred art, especially oratories). foto131.jpgA grand synthesis of history and art. Cultural, popular and religious events are yet another reason for visiting Ouro Preto. foto16.jpgThe crafts fair in the Saint Francis Church square, the Winter Festival, the Easter Pageant and the Festival of Our Lady of the Rosary are among these special attractions. minas3.jpgLast, but certainly not least, most local restaurants serve excellent meals based on regional culinary traditions which reflect their Brazilian, European and African origins.

Colonial Towns

Located in the State of Minas Gerais, those cities are:

Mariana: seat of the first capital and diocese of Minas, Mariana maintains a distinctive eighteenth-century aura as reflected in its architecture, streetscapes, monuments and leisurely pace of life. foto02.jpg ,

Congonhas: baroque tour-de-force, the sculptures of Aleijadinho which decorate the Sanctuary of Good Jesus of Matozinhos express the passion and piety of this great artist at the peak of his humanism and creativity.foto011.jpgfoto14.jpg

Tiradentes: comfort, sophistication and style make Tiradentes one of the most alluring towns in Minas. Its shops are inviting, the craftworks of the finest quality, the inns and restaurants enchanting. All very romantic. foto05.jpgfoto13.jpg

São João Del Rei: aA ride from São João del Rei to Tiradentes on the narrow-gauge train pulled by a nineteenth-century steam locomotive rolls you back into a long-lost past and lets you in on some of the mysteries of Minas Gerais.foto071.jpgfoto081.jpg

Diamantina: a truly singular place. Diamantina’s evenings are punctuated by the sounds of serenades, classical and baroque music.foto04.jpgfoto082.jpg

Sabará: this city is particularly rich in architectural and ornamental forms which trace the evolution of religious art in Minas. The Mother Church of Our Lady of Conception and the Chapel of Our Lady of Ó are spectacular examples of the baroque influence in the colonial period.foto041.jpg

Chapada dos Guimarães and Bonito: chapada1.jpgchapada2.jpgchapada3.jpg Located in the State of Mato Grosso (where my mother and the aunties are from). Great location for ecoturism. Bonito is located on the board of Pantanal, at Bodoquena Mountain Range, south West of the Mato Grosso do Sul state. The Bodoquena Sierra is a region of exceptional beauty, especially known for its deep transparent waters and rich wildlife. In this program you will explore caves, hike and snorkell in the amazing blue waters of the rivers.

In the South of Brasil:

Blumenau: the history of Blumenau still begin before the first settlers arrived in the valley of “Itajai”. The whole region was inhabited by the indian tribes “kaigangs”, “xoklengs” and “botocudos” , which revoltated for years against the “white” settlers and the progress of the settlement. sc-blumenau03-300.jpgThe german Pharmacist and philosopher Dr.Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau get 1850 from the province administration a piece of land assigned with the dimension of 10 km² and the order to build up a agriculturally colony with the european immigrants.sc-blumenau01-460.jpg At 2.September 1850 arrived the first 17 settlers and his families.This day is be valid as the oficial date of the foundation of Blumenau. According to the first immigrants, more and more europeans came, in chartered sailing boats ,over the Atlantic and therefore the number of farmers and craftsmen, which settled down at the banks of the flows, increased more and more.casa_antiga.jpg At the beginning the colony was basically seen as private property of the city founder. However, this led to great problems in such a way, and was in 1860 this contract of the government auf remove. blumenau.jpg

Dr. Blumenau remained in the administration of the colony, although she in 1880 into the district Blumenau changed. turismo_a108557171.jpgAt the beginning beeing settled through Germans families, came however soon new immigration rivers of Italy and Pole which one itself mixed on with the Germans. The heritage of these combinations of the cultures can be observed up to now. Yet is the “micro area” of Blumenau in the first place embossed through Germans and Italian culture.

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Joinville is a city in Santa Catarina State, Southern Region of Brazil. Joinville is Santa Catarina’s largest city. In 2006 its population was about 500,000, of whom the majority is of German descent.

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  1. Wow. Some great places my love. Can’t wait to visit them. I never realised just how diverse some of the places were in Brasil. The German areas look amazing.

  2. Yes, my beloved husband. There are so many different cultures, landscapes and architectures in Brasil. Its amazing indeed. I REALLY hope we will visit all those places together and have MANY honeymoons!!! Love you!