Camillo has been bringing me to Bahia (as the natives call Salvador) for visits for the past 20 years. I guess this trip represents my 6th or 7th time here. It is one of my favorite Brazilian cities. The people that you meet here, from restaurant service to the vendors on the street, seem to have an inherent good nature, a warm smile and a helpful attitude freely given.
Most visits we make at least on walk through the old city, mainly because (of course) Camillo like to eat in favorite local restaurants. Today we had the additional enjoyment of showing a first-timer to Salvador around our favorite sights; the Mercado Modelo, then up the (pretty rickety) elevator at the cost of R$0.15 each, taking him on a walk around the old city. This visit I requested more time to actual visit the inside space of a couple of the churches and the Palácio Rio Branco, which sits right at the top of the elevator.
I could have stopped with my walk through the ‘Palace’ and been perfectly happy. Built in 1889 and refurbished in 1919, half of the ground floor, devoid of furniture, is a truly beautiful space. We didn’t see upstairs – you can only go up with a tour, but the two large rooms and the rounded veranda overlooking the sea are spectacular.
My plan was to give you more photos from todays walk but I will complete this in the morning…. too long a day, too much food. Tomorrow Camillo goes to the field – he will be in ‘hog heaven’. I will get into the feel of the tropic, start slow, have breakfast late, then a walk and a sit by the pool. No complaints. Tomorrow the ‘Ordem Terceira Secular de Sao Francisco. Night.