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South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador October 29th 2022

This blog and lots more photos are available on my website https://heatherjasper.com/brazil/salvador-beaches Salvador has beaches for everybody. There are sandy beaches and pebbly beaches. There are beaches for surfing and beaches with benches of rock just offshore that break the waves and leave the beaches calm. My favorites were the beaches with giant tide pools that people use as heated swimming pools. The black rock absorbs the sun and leaves the pools even warmer than the already warm ocean. Praia Farol da Barra One of the most popular beaches in Salvador, Praia Farol da Barra has soft sand and low waves. The big rollers from the Atlantic are broken by benches of rock that serve as a reef and protect the beach. Praia da Gamboa The heart of Salvador is built right to the water’s edge. ... read more
Praia Farol da Barra
Praia da Gamboa
Praia de Itapuã

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador October 20th 2022

This blog and more photos are available on my website https://heatherjasper.com/brazil/salvador This coastal city of almost 3 million people is full of beaches, history, music, and delicious food. I loved everything about it: the food, the music, the beaches, and even the museums. Salvador is a giant sprawl of different neighborhoods, each with its own name and feel. Most neighborhoods are either very rich or very poor, with a few falling somewhere in the middle. Still, most of the city is economically and racially divided. I stayed in Barra, within walking distance of the beach. It’s a residential part of town with a few good restaurants. North up the coast from Barra is Rio Vermelho, which has tons of great restaurants, bars, and nightlife. The most touristy part of town is Pelourinho, which you can read ... read more
Balé Folclórico da Bahia
Salvador by Night
Gold Straw: Capim Dourado

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador October 19th 2022

This blog and more photos are available on my website https://heatherjasper.com/brazil/salvador-pelourinho Pelourinho means “whipping post” in remembrance of the cruelty of slavery, which built the city. It has been a rich city for hundreds of years precisely because of the slaves used to work the sugar cane fields and build the city. It’s a violent and tragic history, but one that city residents don’t want forgotten. Despite the heavy history, the neighborhood today is full of joyful music, fabulous restaurants, and engaging museums. It also boasts the best spots to watch the sunset in Salvador. For cultural events, don’t miss the Balé Folclorico da Bahia. There are regular performances three evenings a week and a few times a year are larger performances. Check their website for scheduled performances. Salvador is ... read more
Igreja e Convento de São Francisco
Lacerda Elevator
Baiana do acarajé

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador March 17th 2018

GÜN 44 17 MART CUMARTESİ: Uyku şişmesi sonunda uyandım.. Bu kadar nasıl uyumuşum veya ne kadar ihtiyacım varmış.. Kahvaltı giderek mükemmelleşiyor ..dün bazı yemekleri tattığımdan cesaret alan iki dudu, artık hünerlerini gösteriyorlar ve yağdırıyorlar .. Gerçekten güzel şeyler yapıyorlar ama muz kızartmasına hayır demek durumunda kaldım .. O kadar da değil yani.. Cuba’da bira yanında patates kızartması niyetine vermişlerdi .O gün bugün muz kızartmasına hayır.. İlaçlarımı alıyorum bayağı düzelme var fakat su gibi terliyorum .. Odama çekilip dinlenmeye karar verdim..Salvador’lular kendilerine Bahia diyorlar .. Bahia eyaletin adı ve Salvador bu eyaletin başkenti ama onlar illa ki Bahia lafını daha çok benimsemişler. TV de din satıcıları yaygın.. Şifa veren tespihler !! ,kolyeler... read more
KIYI KIYI
ALANDAYIM
FENERLİ

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador March 16th 2018

GÜN 43 16 MART CUMA : Otelim beni şaşırtmaya devam ediyor .. Gece karanlığında hiç değerlendirememişim.. Oda diye bir kat aşağı inince ne oluyoruz ? dedim ama hakkını yemişiz.. Sabah ışıklarında ne olduğunu anladım.. Bir kere dün gece pencere yok diye sızlanmışız ya… pencere bir boşluğa açılıyor diye kızmıştım ya.. Meğersem pencere denize açılan bir balkona açılıyormuş.. Otelin bulunduğu mahalle eski şehir sayılıyor ve limanın tepesine yerleşmiş bir plato.. Aynen Santorini gibi... dik bir yamaca yapılmış ve yemekhanesi giriş katında bulunuyor .. 180 derece deniz manzarasına karşı kahvaltı yapmak ayrı bir keyif.. Otelde iki dudu kadın çalışıyor .. Aman Allahım, kahvaltıyı döktürüyorlar .. 5 yıldız otel donanımı var ..sayamayacağım kadar çok çeşit meyve suyu ve yiyecek... read more
OTEL İÇİ
ÜST MAHALLE
LACERDA)

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador March 15th 2018

GÜN 42 15 MART PERŞEMBE: Bugün artık son etaba giriyoruz.. Nezle, grip arası gidip geliyorum. Kendime bakmaya gayret ediyorum.. Erkenden alana geldim.. Otobüs peşinde koşmaya cesaret edemedim. 50 kağıdı verip taxi ile alana geldim.. Vaktim çok orada burada oyalanıyorum.. En azından düşünmeye vakit var ve kendimce değerlendirmelere dalıyorum. Bir kere İspanyolca biliyorum diye kasılırken ”Canım ne olacak burada da idare ederiz” diye bir özgüven patlaması yaşamışız.. Şimdi madara olmuş ve kuyruğu bacakların arasına sıkıştırmış durumdayız.. Kulaklarımız düşmüş…. Derin derin dalıyorum . Portekizce anlamak çok zor ve ne yapsam dediklerini anlamıyorum.. Ebleh bir bakış yüzüme oturuyor “olsa olsa” metodu ile "her halde şunu diyor" diyorum ../b... read more
ALANDAYIZ
KEH KA
ALANDAYIZ

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador June 18th 2016

June 15. In Rio we woke at 5:00 am for our flight to Salvador in the state of Bahia, which is the size of Texas. Strangely, Wayne and a couple of others got an email saying our flight had been delayed and that we could find out more at 10. Giordanna called the airline and was told, no, everything is on time! Sure enough, at the airport the plane was ready, and all was fine. If we had been traveling alone we would probably have missed the flight! Someone proposed that that is what they do when the plane is overbooked to reduce the number of people that show up! In line to check baggage a very pushy woman kept trying to cut into the middle of our group from the row behind us. She had ... read more
Mashed manioc, salsa, black-eyed peas and manioc, and meats
The bay at Salvador
Posing with a baihana

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador May 2nd 2016

After another harrowing day of travel I arrived in my new location of Salvador, Brazil some 18 hours after going to the airport in Manaus. The airport in Manuas had been closed for 36 hours due to heavy fog and had just reopened when I arrived to try and purchase a plane ticket. Due to this impeccable timing, no seats were available because of the backlog in passengers. My plan was to show up and try to fly stand-by to Recife. This was not possible and a ticket would cost $1,500 one way. So Plan B was to plead with a budget airline to fly me anywhere on the coast at a reasonable cost. I was able to get a flight to Salvador for $350. Problem being the flight did not leave until 2am. I bought ... read more
Fort
surf
samba

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador April 11th 2016

Seem to be spending most of my time since 'the incident' googling 'is it safe to go to X on Saturday/Sunday am/ pm ( perm any two)? The rest of the time I spend trying to work out what it is safe and not safe to take with me. Today I opted for the money belt and a water bottle, but no mobile phone, so no photos today, which is a great pity. As advised by the guide books, I also carefully calculated the amount of money to take with me on the basis that this would be just enough for my outing, about £20. I decided to go to an island which is a popular day trip or holiday retreat for Salvadorians - it's called Itaparica. I picked up a taxi to take me to ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador April 10th 2016

Got Rita to give my outfit the once over from a security point of view before I left the flat today. She speaks no English but is much better at miming than me. I was wearing my money belt hidden below my T-shirt and that was it! I put a small amount of money in my pocket for immediate use , no water bottle with me because I had no belt to fasten it to. She approved but after she had seen me struggling to remove her house keys a few times from my money belt suggested I needed a purse with a shoulder strap for these, which of course I have at home but didn't bring with me. I decided to give the 'pelourinho', the historic centred a miss, at least today. A friend of ... read more
Barra shopping centre
Bird-sellers
Sunset, Museum of Modern Art, Salvador




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