Category Archives: Petropolis

The Crystal Palace in Petropolis

After you visit the Bohemia Brewery, get some fresh air and walk over to the Crystal Palace, a glass-and-steel structure with impressive chandeliers that was originally intended as a ballroom. It was built in 1884 for the Crown Princess Isabel as a gift from her husband, the Conde d’Eu.  The palace is the centerpiece of a […]

Santos Dumont, the father of aviation

When I was high school (in the US) I remember learning about the Wright brothers, and how they were the first to fly.  Wrong! The first person to invent and fly an airplane was Brazil’s most famous aviator, Santos Dumont the true ‘Father of Aviation‘. In 1906 he was the first to fly, ie take off and land under his own […]

Best restaurant in Petropolis: Bordeaux restaurant

This is probably the most beautiful, historic and delicious restaurant in Petropolis.  Built in 1884, Casa da Ipiranga, is virtually intact with its original decoration including its ballrooms, Carrara marble fireplaces, some 300 paintings and the stable, which was transformed into Bordeaux Bistro, a delicious rustic bar-restaurant.   The restaurant has a cute outdoor seating area where you […]

Petropolis: Sound and lights show at the Imperial Palace

In my last post, I covered the Petropolis Imperial Palace.   When the sun goes down there is a one of a kind show, Som e Luz  that you must see, so make sure you buy your tickets (R$20) ahead of time!  The 45 minute show takes place Thursday through Saturday and starts at 8pm, but I recommend […]

Today’s history lesson: Petropolis Imperial Palace

It is time for another ‘history’ type post! I like learning about the history of the various places I visit so I hope you find this as interesting as I do.   If you are a history buff and want to learn more about the history of Brazil, head over to the Imperial Palace/ Museum which is located on […]

What’s your favorite kind of Bohemia?

While touring the Cervejaria Bohemia (read my previous post!!) I found out that each beer is supposed to be consumed with a specific glass, designed for that particular beer.  There are four main Bohemia beers therefore, four different glasses, one for each style.  1. Bohemia Pilsen: Is a bright golden colored lager that tastes clean and refreshing […]

The ultimate beer brewing experience in Petropolis

Bohemia is one of the most popular beers in Brazil.  Whether you like beer, or not, the  Bohemia Brewery in Petropolis is a place you have to visit! The first of its kind in Latin America, you will be taken on an extremely creative high tech journey into the culture and history of beer brewing […]

Palacio Rio Negro in Petropolis

When I was a little girl, I was given a vintage doll house, and walking through the Palacio Rio Negro in Petropolis actually felt as if I was walking through a life size version of my childhood doll house (kind of creepy)! Today’s History lesson: The palace was built in 1889 to be the summer house of […]

How is my swing? Golfing in Petropolis

About 35 mins from the Historic Center of Petropolis in the district of Nogueira is the Petropolis Golf Club. The drive there is really beautiful, there are some incredible views of the mountains and small towns that are scattered within them so bring a camera.  Unlike most of the country clubs in Rio, you do […]

Visit the Quitandinha Palace in Petropolis

When you are driving into Petropolis you will come upon a massive beautiful palace; make sure you go down the drive way and explore it right away before you head into the historical center otherwise you will be stuck in traffic or fighting your way through it to see it (take my word for it!). […]