Brazil spring break – part 3a

Friday, March 17 we packed up the car and drove up into the mountains toward Gramado.

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The scenery along the coast was beautiful.

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There were banana plantations all along the foothills.

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As we headed up the mountainside, the trees were full of purple blossoms.

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Near Canela, the roadsides were lined with hydrangeas (terrible driving photo through the windshield but it reminds me what it looked like).

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Before reaching Gramado, we stopped in Canela and visited Alpen Park.

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First, we took a 4-wheel eco tour of the area. It was awesome. We saw a waterfall, jungle, and forest.

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Then, we rode the zip-lines. Raine wants to ride a zip line every place we visit. This was Carter’s first time on a zip-line.

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Grandma and Grandpa met us at the apartment in Gramado and we wandered around the town a bit before dinner. Here is Carter trying out the “big ear.”

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We climbed the hill to the Igreja do Relógio, Templo Apóstolo Paulo.

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Gramado was settled by Germans and it feels a lot more like Europe than Brazil.

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Igreja Matriz São Pedro Apóstolo had some beautiful stained glass windows.

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Eventually, we made our way to Maison Des Saveurs for a 3-course fondue dinner (because that is apparently what you eat in Gramado since that is what EVERY restaurant serves).

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Our apartment in Gramado was awesome. It had two levels with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a huge living/dining room. Plus, all the water faucets had hot water!

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