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April 18 - RIO de JANEIRO, BRAZIL

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Today was the start of the 6th and final segment of the World Cruise.

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We traveled an hour into the mountains to Petropolis, once the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

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The Imperial Palace (now the Imperial Museum) was built as a summer residence by Don Pedro II, the last Emperor of Brazil.

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The Emperor himself.

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Pictures from Petropolis

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Sao Pedro de Alcantara Cathedral, one of the most famous churches in Brazil.

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Construction began in 1884 under Don Pedro and his daughter Princess Isabel, but the church only opened in 1925.

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Visitors paused to listen as the church organist practiced for Sunday services (we think - but it's a good story).

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Looking down upon the tile roofs of the old town

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Such a mixture of housing styles - there are also high risers in another section of the city..

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The 1884 Crystal Palace - made of metal and glass from France - a venue for ballroom dancing in the 19th century

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On our drive back to the port we had a last look at Copacabana Beach.

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As we passed, a life guard jumped from this rescue helicopter into the waters beyond the breaking waves - hopefully with a life saved.

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Good bye, Rio - good luck with the 2016 Olympics!

Posted by Swenigale 13:35 Archived in Brazil

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