When autumn appeared in Poland, in the southern hemisphere we welcomed spring. And if it comes to Brazil, only in the calendar, because different seasons does not change a lot and the weather can be unpredictable all year round. I came to Brazil during the winter time and the temperatures were almost 35 degrees Celsius, whereas the first days of spring were rainy and a bit cold.
Although the temperature is similar all the time, spring brings small changes, visible mainly in flourishing trees and shrubs. What I like in Belo Horizonte is a lot of trees along the streets. If you want to discover more nature in the city, visit the Américo Renné Giannetti park.
The park was created in 1897, even before the official inauguration of the city (BH is a planned city). Its architect, Paul Villon, designed it in the English romantic style. The place meant to be the largest and most beautiful urban park in Latin America.
With years the size of the park was decreasing and at the beginning of XXI century it had 182 000 square meters. It is more than 3 times less than the original area. The reason for such change was the need to build new objects in the rapidly growing city: the University of Medicine, the Francisco Nunes theater or Imaco College.
There are a lot of different kinds of trees and shrubs in the park, also exotic ones, brought from different places. In the picture on the left you can see the pau-brasil tree that gave the name to the country. On the right there is a torso of Américo Renné Giannetti, mayor of the city in 1951-1954.
The interesting fact about the park is that there are a lot of different cats everywhere.