A Salvador Stroll – Pelourinho

Posted: June 11, 2011 in Brazil

After getting a sun burnt stomach on my first day I decided to go for a walk around Salvador today. Many people I have met to far rave about Salvador as being one, if not the most, interesting cities in Brazil. As the lonely planet puts it,

Salvador da Bahia has an energy and unadorned beauty that few cities can match. Often called simply Bahia by locals, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel and the once magnificent capital of Portugal´s great New World colony. Its brilliantly hued center is a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches.

I have noticed that Brazil has embraced the the grafitti is part of it´s culture and art scene, some it rubbish some is rather impressive. This section is on the wall down the street of my new hostel I booked into after the first was place was dreadful.

I also walked by the oldest tree in Salvador on the way to the historic centre, the photo does little justice to the enormity of it. Don´t misunderstand me, I am no tree hugger, but this was an impressive piece of wood.

Many photographical points of interest today… not ALL of which were building before you joke. I had lunch not far from here off a few side streets to save a few R$´s! The Pelhourinho is ´old town´ in Salvador, mostly dating back to the 17th-century, the blue building here to the left of the photo is now a museum, originally it was a hostpital (the first in Brazil.)

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Comments
  1. Kat says:

    Lovin the history talk,architectures amazing.

  2. Jane says:

    Good to see that you are having such a marvellous experience. We are all OK here and wish you happy travels!

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