"Don't wake me up -- I am enjoying this dream"
On the 11th of April, our friends from Sao Francisco do Sul come to Joinville. Schemmel, Rita and Mike pick us up at the hotel to visit the Gymnastic Club of Joinville. We have found that many typical buffets is this area of Brazil weigh your food each time you visit the buffet, and then you are charged so much per kilo. It is a system that works. You get what you like, and there is very little waste!
On the 12th of April we relax and visit a few things in Joinville.
We finish the night with some Bossa Novas and one of the best steaks I have had on this trip.
Friday, the 13th, and we are heading from Joinville to Curitiba, Brazil.
I found that I was a little more cautious than usual!
And for the 1 1/2 hour ride we climbed from near sea level to about 3,000 feet through this type of terrain.
The roads have been good in Brazil!
The old historic section of Curitiba. Sure wish the sun was out so you could see the colors!
On the 13th we took a tour of the city in a bus. It was identified in our travel book, as one of the best city tours in all of Brazil. The tour visits 25 major sights in Curitiba. We took the tour, with the GPS running, in our pockets. We marked the things we wanted to return to, in order to spend more time at the sight. The picture (below) is of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum. Oscar is the most prominent architect in Brazil and was responsible for many of the buildings in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. (Oscar Niemeyer Information)
This tower section of the museum was closed, but we were told that there are theaters, exhibits and a restaurant in the eye shaped structure.
Brazil is the country of high rise buildings!
Curitiba is at an elevation of 3,000 feet and has a very nice climate.
On the 15th, we took the bike, with the GPS, and visited the things that we wanted to see more thoroughly from the bus tour of yesterday.
The Gardens are in the center of the city.
The "Wire Opera House" is actually a "Pipe and Glass" Opera House.
It was built above a pond, with it's own natural waterfall.
On Monday, the 16th, we visited a small car museum, I thought that Willy only made jeep type vehicles!
Sandy and I stopped for lunch. I paid the bill and put the change in my wallet. One hour later I wanted to purchase new jeans. Reached for my wallet. IT WAS MISSING! Credit cards, ATM card, drivers license and about $300.00. Could not believe I was pick pocketed! I was pissed. I was depressed. I was angry. Sandy suggested that we return to the restaurant where we had lunch (a few miles away). I was thinking "What a waste of time". I had to get on the telephone and call banks and credit card companies! I asked the gentleman at the restaurant, if I had laid my wallet down. The answer was what I expected...... "No" he said. But he suggested talking to security. Again, another waste of time. The security guard got on his radio, then asked me my name and the color of the wallet. I told him "Dale.... and the wallet was brown". He suggested that we visit the security office. Again, what a waste of time! You can't imagine my surprise when we walked into the security office and another gentleman held my wallet up! I could have hugged the guys (I did). Somebody found the wallet on the floor and turned it in. Everything was intact, including the cash! I gave them each a nice tip. My faith in the citizens of Curitiba was 100% restored. My confidence in my own judgment is questionable! We went back to the store and purchased the jeans.
On Tuesday, the 17th of April, we depart Curitiba for Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is one of the largest cities in the world!
The scenery was great!
Rolling terrain, the entire distance.
The bike and Sandy are holding up well!
This roadside restaurant had 8 off road vehicles returning from the Amazon Basin.......
We finish the evening with a visit to Dov and Beth, in their beautiful home in Sao Paulo.
This is a picture from their balcony!
Lights as far as you can see..... The view looks almost like it is computer generated!
That is it, through the 17th of April, 2007!
"Don't wake me -- I am enjoying this dream"
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