Off topic: Holiday Options 2009
Thread poster: Paul Dixon
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Portuguese to English
As the long-awaited summer holidays approach, I have decided to create a forum with holiday suggestions, ideally for a short break (less than 10 days). I'll start off with...
This is a fascinating part of the country, not as touristy as São Paulo and Rio, and now is a good time to go as it is winter here in Brazil so no crowds (no snow either, except in two or three cities and then only if you are (un)lucky.) I would recommend the following:
CURITIBA (PR): A pretty and eco-friendly city with some 1.5 million people and lots of European immigrants and their descendants (mainly Ukrainian and Polish). A lot to see and do, and there is a tourist bus that takes in most of the sights. Go to Madalosso and stuff yourself with pasta at a "rodízio de massas", and don't miss the train trip down to Morretes on the coastal plain.
BLUMENAU (SC): A city with strong German roots, along the banks of the Itajaí River. The best time to go, however, is October when the Oktoberfest, the biggest in the world after the original in Munich, is held. A short bus ride takes you to Pomerode, the most German town in Brazil where German is still spoken in the streets. Also close by is Joinville, also a German-colonised town but without so much charm.
FLORIANÓPOLIS (SC): Popularly known as the Isle of Magic, this island city boasts dozens of sun-soaked beaches with snow-white sands. Canasvieiras is where the jet-set go. At Conceição Lake you can buy lace articles made locally.
THE WINE CIRCUIT (RS): Down to the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, you can travel through the area where the best Brazilian wines are made, as well as home-made chocolates. The main cities here are Gramado, Canela and Bento Gonçalves.
IGUAÇÚ FALLS (PR): This awesome spectacle of Nature stands 10 hours from Curitiba by bus, on the border with Argentina and Paraguay. You can cross the Friendship Bridge into Paraguay, or cross into Argentina to see the Falls from the other side.
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