Archive for March 18th, 2020

March 18, 2020

A castle in Curitiba, Brazil!

And now take you to another gem a castle in Curitiba, State of Paranà, Brazil!! The city I lived and have great souvenirs of. This is in the south of Brazil and I lived not far from the castle, walking distance maybe less than 300 meters in fact the reddish building you see in the background was my home!!

Let me tell you briefly on the Castle of Batel in Curitiba, Brazil.

The Castelo do Batel is a palace located in the Batel neighborhood, (my home while living in the city) in the city. Built in 1924 by the coffee grower and honorary consul of Holland Luiz Guimarães, it was bought by Moysés Lupion, former governor of Paraná, in 1947. As of 1973, Castelo do Batel started to house the headquarters of TV Paranaense, at the time, called only Canal 12. The broadcaster operated in the building until mid-August 2003, when the broadcaster moved to a new building in the neighborhood das Mercês.


In between it had other uses until it was appointed as a suitable venue for an event center in 2003. The Castelo do Batel has eight meeting rooms with capacity for up to 60 people, a 650 m² hall, business center, Internet access in all rooms through the wireless system and 1,500 m² of internal parking space.

The Castelo do Batel follows the eclectic style, and is a replica of the castles of the Loire Valley, in France. The mansion features a cylindrical tapered turret, full-arch portals and mansards on the roof; the roof, with a sloping fountain, appears from a distance to be made of slate. The gray external walls are made of bricks. Pediments in interrupted arch and triangular on the plateau, columns leading to the main entrance, carved wooden paneled doors, stained glass, marble floors in the courtyard, are the most expressive finishing details. With large garages, a tennis court, it stands out for its extensive forestation and gardens, inter mingled through magnificent wrought iron gates and railings, the castle was for many years the main architectural reference of the city and the setting for receptions and parties of great repercussions in the wealthy Curitiba communities.

The official Castle of Batel  webpage in Portuguese is here: Official Castelo do Batel Curitiba

I have found another nice youtube video from the events place that gives you a brilliant idea of how pretty this castle is and so lucky to have seen it and passed by it every day for almost a year.

Hope you enjoy the Castle of Batel in Curitiba, Brazil. Another spot away from the usual goodies of the country, a lot more to see.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

March 18, 2020

Automobile museum in Curitiba!

And to close out this nostalgic trip to lovely Curitiba, State of Paranà in Brazil, let me tell about some surprise find I did while living there a few years back.

One of my collegue asked to go to Barigui park to meet as he was there with his family: this is a huge park. And behold while there I saw a sign saying museu do automovel so yes it is an auto museum right in the park. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the automobile museum of Curitiba.

As said, it is in Parque Barigui that the Curitiba Automobile Museum is located, a must-see museum for car fans passing through Curitiba. The Museum was founded in 1969 and has been housed in Parque Barigui since 1973.


The museum has more than 70 vehicles on display. In fact, the museum has a collection of 150 vehicles that alternate from time to time in the 70 spaces available. The vehicles belong to the members of CAAMP, the Automobile and Mechanical Antiques Club of Paraná, who are precisely the founders of the Museum.

The Museum has 2 pavilions showrooms.

The first of which is the Hall of Champions, where various objects such as trophies, helmets, photos and overalls of various car drivers are displayed, as well as some cars. Of course, the biggest highlight of the Hall of Champions is the cars on display, including the Aurora 122, a completely Brazilian car (there are only 2 in Brazil); a Formula Indi car, by driver Mauricio Gugelmim run in 2000 race by team PacWest; and a Formula 1 McLaren M23, Manta used by Emerson Fittipaldi to win the 1974 World Cup.

The second salon has several old vehicles and people who like this type of car almost have one to see here. There are dozens of beautiful vehicles in excellent condition.


The Museum is located at Av. Cândido Hartmann, 2300 in the middle of Parque Barigui with its own parking.

Parque Barigui in addition has fitness equipment, country headquarters, barbecue grills, restaurant, sports courts, kiosks, Maria Fumaça Station, exhibition park, amusement park and bicicross track. The Park also houses the headquarters of the Municipal Secretariat for the Environment. There is also a helipad in the park, where you can rent a helicopter and tour various tourist spots in Curitiba. I have already given you a post on the parks of Curitiba.

The official museum webpage in Portuguese is here: Museu automovél of Curitiba

For ease of language, and as said I do speak Portuguese, let me give some info from the museum page above.

The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday: 13h30 to 16h45.  Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: 10h to 12h and from 13h30 to 17h45.  In addition to the info  above  some other worthy of mention are the FORD T Sport Runabout 1926, FIAT 520 – 1928, HUPMOBILE Sport Roadster 1930, classics such as the 1929 CORD – L-29 Brougham and a 1930 Cabriolet, CORD 1937 – 812 Superchager Phaeton and Custom Beverly, LINCOLN – Zephyr 1937, CHEVROLET Style Line Station 1950, CADILLAC Presidential 1952, also stand out, a 1910 French Rotschil carriage, a 1942 amphibious Jeep, bicycles, motorcycles and various mechanical curiosities.



The Vintage vehicules with photos from the museum can be seen as such: Museum vintage vehicules photos

The National vehicules with photos from the museum can be seen as such: Museum National vehicules photos

The Racing vehicules with photos from the museum can be seen as such: Racing vehicules photos from the museum

Hope you enjoy it on your next visit, I will certaintly stop by when in the area again. Enjoy the automobiles and the museum in Curitiba

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

March 18, 2020

Jardim Botanico, Curitiba, Brazil!!

And why not follow up on the pretty nice city of Curitiba in lovely Brazil with another monument have written briefly in previous post but feel deserve a post of its own, for me its a must to see while in the area. I will tell you some on the Jardim Botanico or botanical garden of Curitiba, in the State of Paranà, Brazil. Hope you enjoy it as I did.

The Jardim Botanico de Curitiba or the Botanical Garden of Curitiba or the Botanical Garden Francisca Maria Garfunkel Rischbieter is located in the jardim botanico district of the city of Curitiba.  It is in part of the campus of the Federal University of Paranà. It is one of the tourist symbol of the city and for good reason, it is gorgeous In 2007, it was chosen by voters in a worldwide vote at Mapa-Mundi to choose the Seven Wonders of Brazil.


Inaugurated on October 5, 1991, its official name Jardim Botanico Francisca Richbieter pays homage to the urban planner Francisca Maria Garfunkel Rischbieter, one of the pioneers in the urban planning work of the capital of the state of Paraná. The Botanical Garden has a total area of 278 thousand square meters, including the forest with preserved Atlantic forest. It is located at Rua Engenheiro Ostoja Roguski street in the district or Bairro Jardim Botânico.

The garden contains numerous plant specimens from Brazil and other countries, scattered through malls and glass and iron greenhouses, the main one with three Art Nouveau vaults inspired by the 19C London Crystal Palace.


The Frans Krajcberg Cultural Space, with the permanent exhibition “A Revolta”, works by the Polish nationalized Brazilian artist Frans Krajcberg. The name “A Revolta” expresses the artist’s feeling about the limitless destruction caused by man in Brazilian forests. In this gallery are exhibited 110 large works, all made from the remains of burnt or illegally felled trees. There is also an exhibition of photos taken by the sculptor himself, sale of books related to the artist and the possibility of monitored visits. The main purpose of the space is, according to Krajcberg, environmental awareness.

The Botanical Garden was dotted in 1992 with an auditorium, research center, space for specialized library and room for temporary and permanent exhibitions. Currently the Botanical Museum of Curitiba having the fourth largest herbarium in the country, with approximately 400 thousand exsiccates or dry plants prepared for botanical collection; in addition to the collection of samples of wood and fruits and in the park there is a research center for the flora of Paraná and Brazil.

Opened in December 2008,(at the time I was working there and saw the opening) Jardim das Sensações or garden of sensations is a space bounded by a hedge, where the visitor’s feelings are tempted, through direct contact with plants of different shapes, textures and aromas. Through the fence and the vegetable tunnel you can see the colors of nature, feel the texture, shape and size of the plants with your hands, hear the sound of the waterfall and the wind, smell the scent of flowers and vegetation. The route can be done blindfolded or not!

It is something wonderful and well worth the stop if in the area , hope you do. Enjoy the Botanical Garden of Curitiba.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Curitiba on the Botanical Garden in Portuguese (I speak hope  you do if not a translator will suffice): City of Curitiba on the Botanical Garden

Tourist office of Curitiba on the Botanical Garden again in Portuguese.  Tourist office of Curitiba on the Botanical Garden

There you go , all set, go!! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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