We did go a longer route so that we could fit in a visit to the Geneve Goat Farm. This goat farm supplies all the nice french restaurants with their goat cheese. It was my favorite part of our trip! There have a nature walk, a play area for children (or kids, ha!), a tour that includes feeding and petting the goats and watching them prepare the goat cheese.
|feeding the goats|
We also had lunch at the restaurant there. It was amazing! Lots of goat cheese and the vegetables are grown right there on the farm.
|duck breast with apple puree|
|filet mignon and mushroom risotto|
|vegetable crepe (with goat cheese of course)|
After lunch it was on to Lumiar/Sao Pedro. We loved this area! It was beautiful and green and peaceful. We hiked and walked around town. We saw waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. We had some great food (and beer). It was just a great, relaxing family weekend.
We stayed at this amazing little pousda (inn) in Sao Pedro. It is only about a year old so everything is new and wonderful. The rooms are huge with a fireplace in each (ours had a big jacuzzi in it). It also has a movie room, a game room, a very helpful, friendly staff, a good restaurant and there is a natural spring just next door to it.
|View from the breakfast room at our hotel|
The last night, we walked into to the little town area for dinner. It just so happened that there was a spring festival that night. There was a clown/magician that put on an excellent show. There was musicians playing on the street. It seems as if the whole town came out for it. It was just wonderful!
|live music at the spring festival|
|Waiting for the magic show to start|
It is such a short distance and easy drive to this area. It is perfect for a weekend away from Rio. I'd love to return for another weekend before we leave Brazil, but who knows? So many places to visit and so little time!