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Visiting Salvador

In all of Brazil, there may not be a more spirited, or more spiritual, city than Salvador. Samba beats are the soundtrack and cobblestone streets are the stage as capoeira unfolds on corners, hot palm oil splashes into seafood skillets, and Candomblé ceremonies recall the city’s African heritage. To experience the richest of melting-pot cultures on the Coconut Coast, Bahia’s centerpiece city is the place to see.... Read More In all of Brazil, there may not be a more spirited, or more spiritual, city than Salvador. Samba beats are the soundtrack and cobblestone streets are the stage as capoeira unfolds on corners, hot palm oil splashes into seafood skillets, and Candomblé ceremonies recall the city’s African heritage. To experience the richest of melting-pot cultures on the Coconut Coast, Bahia’s centerpiece city is the place to see.    Close

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Capoeira

Written by onesundaymorning on 19 Aug, 2006

This is everything in Brazil. No matter where you go you can see capoeira. This is a form of martial arts done to a Samba beet that was invented by slaves in Brazil. They were forbidden to learn a form of self-defense so they created…Read More


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Salvador

Written by onesundaymorning on 19 Aug, 2006

The city is divided into two levels, the lower level and the upper and the upper level, Cidade Alta. The lower level looks a bit seedy where, as the upper level is very clean and very touristy. However keep in mind tourists shouldn’t be up…Read More


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Itaparica beach and sailing the extraordinary Baiae dos Todos Santos

Written by actonsteve on 21 Mar, 2005

As I strolled along Itaparica beach, there was a movement off to my left. The water splashed, and a man's head emerged. The rest of him followed, striding out of the surf, black as ebony, clutching a snorkel and dripping water in the sun. He…Read More


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A journey up the Bahian coast - Praia de Forte turtle sanctuary

Written by actonsteve on 21 Mar, 2005

Just how many times can you watch a turtle swim around its pool in the pouring rain?Well, despite the weather, the turtles fascinated me. There is something primeval about them--something slow and ponderous, as if they have just emerged from the Jurassic or Cretaceous age.…Read More


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The Cidade Baixa (Lower City) - the Mercado Modelo and capoeira dancers

Written by actonsteve on 21 Mar, 2005

In Salvador de Bahia, capoeira occurs daily. On the strike of the clock at 11am, Bahian youths dressed only in white trousers climb onto a podium in the restaurant area of the Mercado Modelo and start to dance/fight. Percussion instruments create a ryhthm for their leaping and…Read More


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The Largo de Pelhurinho and the gold sprinkled churches of Salvador

Written by actonsteve on 21 Mar, 2005

Azulejos?You know azulejos, those beautiful ceramic tiles they have in Portugal. They are generally white and blue, and each piece completes a part of a wall-covered scene of everyday life. In Salvador they are a work of art imported from Lisbon and cover the courtyards…Read More


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Cidade Alta (high city) - Terreiro de Jesus and the mysterious Candomble museum

Written by actonsteve on 21 Mar, 2005

One of the features of Salvador that adorns all the postcards are the Baiana women. Often they are Afro-Brasileiro ladies of ample girth, wearing headscarves and dressed in billowing skirts. They are "local characters" for the tourists to have their photos taken with, and they represent…Read More


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The wild suburb of Barra and the start of the gorgeous Bahian beaches

Written by actonsteve on 21 Mar, 2005

One morning in Barra, there was a memorable sight taking place on the beach in front of the hotel. Watching from the promenade balustrade was a small crowd. They were viewing a group of boys and girls on the beach, doing samba exercises before work. I…Read More


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Salvador

Written by onesundaymorning on 19 Aug, 2006

Greg Victor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described Brazil as a country that is trapped between two worlds, the first and the third. Upon arriving in Salvador it isn’t hard to feel the same way. Everywhere I looked I could see industries emerging and technological advances, but…Read More


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Poverty

Written by MikeInTown on 08 May, 2005

We enjoyed our time in Salvador da Bahia, visiting interesting sites and partying; however, I would not be accurately describing our experience if I did not mention the poverty we saw. There was a sad element to this trip. Salvador has its share of high…Read More


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