04.18.2015 - 04.18.2015 90 °F
Today was the start of the 6th and final segment of the World Cruise.
We traveled an hour into the mountains to Petropolis, once the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
The Imperial Palace (now the Imperial Museum) was built as a summer residence by Don Pedro II, the last Emperor of Brazil.
The Emperor himself.
Pictures from Petropolis
Sao Pedro de Alcantara Cathedral, one of the most famous churches in Brazil.
Construction began in 1884 under Don Pedro and his daughter Princess Isabel, but the church only opened in 1925.
Visitors paused to listen as the church organist practiced for Sunday services (we think - but it's a good story).
Looking down upon the tile roofs of the old town
Such a mixture of housing styles - there are also high risers in another section of the city..
The 1884 Crystal Palace - made of metal and glass from France - a venue for ballroom dancing in the 19th century
On our drive back to the port we had a last look at Copacabana Beach.
As we passed, a life guard jumped from this rescue helicopter into the waters beyond the breaking waves - hopefully with a life saved.
Good bye, Rio - good luck with the 2016 Olympics!