19.07.2008 - 21.07.2008 27 °C
We landed into Salvador on Saturday about 2.30pm. We were greated by a driver with our name on a plaque. We are now trvelling in Honeymoon style, but with a backpacker budjet!!
The Pousada (http://www.pousadadopilar.com/) in Salvador was very nice, with a great view over the harbour and ocean. Chris and I spent Sunday wandering around the cobbled, hilly streets (painful in flip flops!) soaking up the sun and atmosphere. The architecture and atmosphere in this city were amazing. Although it has been said that you are more likely to be mugged or pick pocketed in Salvador then anywhere else in Brazil, I felt much more comfortable here then in Rio.
On Sunday night I treated Chris to a meal out at Fogo de Chão. After eating there several times in Dallas we thought it would be great to eat at one of their Brazilian locations. The overall idea and set up was the same, but there was a much better salad bar in Salvador and the cuts of meat were differenet. Most were better then the ones at the Dallas location, apart from the hump (yes they served the hump of the cow!!) and Chris missed the bacon wrapped fillet and sausages.
A bit on Salvador - Salvador was the first capital of Brazil and remained so until 1763. Over 80% of the population ois of Black African origin, and African influence in many cultural aspects of the city makes it the center of Afro-Brazilian culture. The historical center of Salvador, frequently called the Pelourinho, is rich in historical monuments dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.