Another day out, this time our guide was Fernando and he was excellent, he had a good grasp of english and a good knowledge of the area. He was also one of the first locals we had found who had been outside Brazil.
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The latest entries are for our second visit to South America, this time having a look at Brazil.
We have travelled a bit - been to Australia of course - not all of it but bits, China twice together but me 6 or 7 times for work, A bit of the USA, South America as before, A bit of Africa highlights being the Gorillas. My wife and I plan to do the harder places now and save easy places for when we are old and wrinkled... full info
More Old BuildingsI cant remember which one but they were all lovely - still in the historic centre
Fort in the harbourThere are forts all along the coast in Salvador, all protect the harbour and any invaders would have been caught in across fire. We could see this in the harbour as we stood beside the elevator - there is an elevator which goes up and down between the upper and lower cities but it is not very reliable so we just looked and then drove down - our guide was excellent
Old person HomeMost old people are looked after by their families - if there is no one they can end up in here - does not look too bad from the outside.
FavelasAs we drove we could get glimpses of the favelas, not a safe place to visit.
Basilica de BonfimThe outside of the church built in the 18th century by a family that promised that if they made it from Portugal they would build a church.
Prayer WishesThey have these ribbons that you can ties to yourself or tie to the church rails. Each one must have 3 knots and for each knot you got a wish - Mum was in my first wish
Get WellThis is in the church, they are wax casts of peoples limbs, heads or bits that they want fixed. This church has a reputation for helping.
Fort Mon SeratAnother of the forts but this time built to keep the Dutch out, apparently the sneaked around behind to try and take Salvador but got the crap kicked out of them at this point
Holy CrapNothing to do with the old city but just a VW struggling under a heavy load, what you are not seeing is that the car was bottomed out on the suspension and the guy had his hand out the window holding it on!