- It covers half of South America;
- Brazil is the world's fifth most populous country in the world;
- Brazilian economy is counted among the world's ten largest;
- It is the birthplace of writers Jorge Amado and Paulo Coelho;
- It is where the Bossa Nova and Zamba originated;
- Brazil has produced soccer greats: Leonidas da Silva, Garrincha, Pele, Socrates, Romario, and Ronaldo;
- It has produced the tiniest bikini and has lent it's name to Brazilian "bikini cut" waxing.
~~ We are now in Salvador, the third largest city in Brazil, with a population of around 3 million. It was founded by the Portuguese in 1549 on the protective Bay of All Saints (Baia de Todos os Santos). We got in late last night and checked into the very charming Villa Bahai, a hotel built on two buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. It is in the heart of historic Salvador, and from our window I can see the St. Francis church to the left and the Cathedral to the right.
Jorge Amado Museum, and a house where he had lived. We saw huge handsome buildings -- hospitals, a medical school, government buildings, more churches -- as we made our way to the Elevador Lacerda. The elevator brought us to the lower part of town, and we went to a lively market with baskets, clothes, toys, hammocks, and other stuff.
~~As we exited the market, our driver picked us up and took us on a driving tour so we could see the forts, beaches, Atlantic Ocean, some nice residential districts of Salvador. All this time, Daniella is bewailing the fact that no one is at the beaches, and the weather so bad that we couldn't go down to visit the fort. Neither could I take decent pictures.
~~ This is all this Friday, and perhaps tomorrow or Sunday will bring beautiful sunshine for wonderful pictures.
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- The Old Mining Towns of Minas Gerais, Brazil
- Pelourinho Historic District, Salvador, Brazil
- Salvador, Brazil - the Center of Bahian Culture
- Where the Waters Meet - Manaus, Brazil
- The Link to the Amazon - Manaus, Brazil
- Coming Up: Brazil
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tags: travel, Brazil, Salvador, Bahia, tourism