Why Pelourinho has to be on your Must-See-and-fall-in-love-list?? Pelourinho is one of the main tourist attractions of Salvador for so many good reasons. When I first researched about Salvador I mostly saw photos of the big cobblestone hilly square surrounded by colorful, pastel Renaissance buildings decorated with fine stucco-work. I already thought it was lovely but it is so much nicer than I imagined. Artists paint on the streets, many events with free live music & occasions to dance happening during the year, bars, restaurants & museums inviting tourists to spend some days in Pelô. You get along speaking English there. Though it is touristic it is authentic.
Many locals go to dance- & music schools in Pelourinho & play in the streets & squares.

Michael Jackson Balcony

Street Concerts  Almost every day one of Salvador’s percussion groups are playing street concerts & you can dance & party during the day. I hardly saw someone standing still while a group of joyful percussion players give an amazing concert for everyone for free.
One day in the past such a street concert was with non other than Michael Jackson. He was performing the song They Don’t Care About Us with Salvador’s percussion group Olodum. Michael Jackson like most of the people visiting Salvador, became fans of Olodum & wearing Olodum fan shirts.
Michael Jackson Balcony  He performed on a balcony at the Largo do Pelourinho where today is a life-size cardboard Michael waiting for you.

Geronimo Open Air Concert  Planning your trip make sure you spend at least one Tuesday night in Pelourinho to listen to Afro-Brazilian music often sung in Yoruba. One of the artists is the musician Geronimo Santana. The crowd of locals & tourists dancing & singing together on the stair steps leading to the Church of Santíssimo Sacramento do Passo.
WHERE Rua do Passo, 54 / Salvador – Bahia
WHEN Tuesday around 8:00 – 10:00pm
ADMISSION free

Museu Afro-Brasileiro holds pottery, artwork & a room with carved wooden panels by famous artist Carybé (Photo below).
WHERE Terreiro de Jesus  / Salvador – Bahia
WHEN Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm,  Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
ADMISSION adult R$ 6,00 (kids R$ 3,00) 

Carybé

Museu da Gastronomia Baiana You must try moqueca & acarajé to understand how delicious & satisfying the Bahian kitchen is. I recommend a visit in the Bahian Gastronomic Museum to get a better idea of the African backgrounds & to see illustrations by Carybé (Photo on the left).
WHERE Praça José de Alencar 13/19 / Largo do Pelourinho / Salvador – Bahia
WHEN 09:00am – 05:00pm
ADMISSION free

Ó Pai, Ó  – Look at This (2007) – is actually a Movie Tip but also my Travel Preparation Tip. This movie gives insight into the life in Pelourinho during the carnival. I am a huge fan of the movie & of the soundtrack.
WHERE Available on Netflix

HISTORY From 1558 Pelourinho was the place where slaves were punished and traded. After 1835 Pelourinho was transformed into the artist and musician district & became UNESCO world heritage in 1985 because a high degree of authenticity in terms of location, setting, forms, designs & materials.

With his books Amado (1912-2001) was & still is characterising the image of Brazil outside of the country. His books were translated to 49 languages & sold in 55 countries. The most successful titles are Captains of the Sands, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Gabriella, Clove and Cinnamon & Tieta. Almost all of Amados stories play in and around Bahia. He portrayed the life of simple people. In spite of the material problems of his protagonists most of his books are full of zest for life, Carnival, Bahian food & Afrobrazilian culture.

A stroll on the traces of Jorge Amado

Jorge Amado is very present in Salvador’s neighborhoods Rio Vermelho & in Pelourinho. The couple Jorge Amado & Zélia Gattai lived in Rio Vermelho where is a statue of the two with their pug named Fadul Abdala.
WHERE Largo de Santana / Rio Vermelho / Salvador – Bahia

Casa do Rio Vermelho / House of Rio Vermelho is where Jorge Amado & Zélia Gattai have lived in Salvador & is a museum nowadays. You can see the interesting architecture of the house, sculptures, paintings & many Orishas, the divinities of the Afrobrazilian religion Candomblé.
The couple was devoted to the Orishas & they defended the right of religious freedom. In that time Candomblé was a persecuted religion, temples & sacred places were destroyed. In the short period when Amado was elected congressman, he passed a law to assure religious freedom.

WHERE Rua Alagoinhas No 33, Rio Vermelho / Salvador – Bahia
OPEN Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm / Closed on Mondays, December 24th, 25th, 31st, January 1st & during the Carnival
ADMISSION R$ 20,00 (R$ 10,00 for students & persons from the age of 60) / Wednesday admission is free for all.

Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado / Foundation House of Jorge Amado in Pelourinho hosts a permanent exhibition of photos, books & personal objects related to the life of Jorge Amado & Zélia Gattai.

WHERE Largo do Pelourinho / Salvador – Bahia
OPEN Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm & Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
ADMISSION R$ 5,00 (kids under 5 free) / Wednesday admission is free for all.

Festa Junina

Every year in June happens a celebration called Festa Junina or Festa de São JoãoFesta de São João (Saint John) is celebrated on 23rd to 24th June; in Portugal and Brazil, particularly popular in the Northeast of the country. Streets and squares are decorated with many small colourful flags.

Communities and schools elaborate dances called Quadrilhas. Men & women are dressing like Caipiras (something like a country bumpkin) & dancing in pairs. The dance reminds me of German Kirmes – & Swedish Midsommar dances. Bonfires & fireworks come along with the celebrations, also happening at Midsommar.

Popular dishes are Pamonha (Tamales), Bolo de fuba (Corn cake), Canjica (Sweet corn pudding) & Doce de amendoim (Peanut Bars). Popular drinks are Quentão (Mulled wine or mulled Cachaça).

 

Partiu arraiá… eu mandei um zapzap para mainha e pedi para ir no arraiá, ela falou que podia só que eu tinha que levar Rex tbm, pela cara dele adorou atrapalhar meus esquemas 😟😂 . #mesdeaniversario #bobfaz4 #rexfaz2 Como combinado vamos contar curiosidades sobre a nossa adoção. Eu fui adotado 2 dias depois do dia de São João e Rex nasceu no dia de São João, deveríamos chamar São e o outro João, eu seria o São mesmo pq de "Santo" Rex num tem nada, nem a cara. Temos a diferença de 2 anos exatos, como mainha não sabe exatamente o dia que nasci passou a comemorar tbm no dia 24, antes de ter a data de Rex comemorou dia 26 que foi o dia da primeira consulta, como eu era muito pequeno o veterinário considerou que eu tinha uns 20 dias no maximo oq nos leva acreditar que tbm sou do mes de junho. Como somos gêmeos nada mais justo que uma data única para comemorar a nossa existência… Além da coincidência das datas teve à hora, mainha me buscou 20h assim que saiu da drogaria e qndo a mãe de Rex estava em trabalho de parto mainha falou que se um macho nascesse as 20h seria o Rex de Anso (Rex não era nosso, já contei isso aqui) só nascia fêmeas, Aimê começou a parir os bebes às 15h seria  quase impossível um macho ainda mais as 20h, aí as 20:01h do dia 24/06 veio aquele ser que já nasceu capotando,  ele foi o único bebê que errou rumo da mãe batendo na parede, mainha deu gargalhada e falou "bem vindo Rex". #boberex #irmaos #gemeos #festadesaojoao

Ein Beitrag geteilt von 👑BOB e REX (Gêmeos) 😆 (@viralatarei) am

Vitamina de Abacate

Try a Breakfast Avocado Shake! Before I drank this sweet avocado shake in Brazil I only knew avocado prepared salty. But avocado fits very well with sugar as well. This super simple drink called Vitamina de Abacate is perfect for breakfast and it is made of only 3 ingredients (for 2 person):

Avocados

  • 1/2 large avocado (2 small avocado)
  • 700 ml milk or soya milk if you prefer
  • 2-3 table spoon sugar

Mix all ingredients for 1 to 2 minutes in a blender. If the texture is too thick you can add more milk. If you want a thicker and more creamy texture you can add less milk and you actually made a dessert called Creme de Abacate.

Barra Beach
  1. You will probably arrive at the International Airport of Salvador. I would just go to the city of Salvador because of the bamboo road to the city 🙂 …reason number 1:
    Salvador Road to the airport
  2. You will discover a unique & tasty cuisine that is influenced by European, African & South American kitchen. A very typical snack with African origin that is very common in Salvador da Bahia is Acarajé, sold by ‘Baianas de Acarajé’. It is a street food & also sold at the beach:Acarajé by Roberto Ferraz
  3. It is warm & sunny almost everyday of the year. It can rain but just few hours later the weather will look like this again:Barra Beach
  4. You have three wishes for each Fita do Bonfim. You will find the ribbons everywhere in the city of Salvador. (I am spreading them in Berlin!!!)Fita do Bonfim
  5. You will easily get in touch with locals if you speak a little Portuguese because not so many speak English when you are leaving the touristic areas. People are very friendly & helpful. This photo was taken after we just met these two women and had a little chat with them about the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé.Locals

– more are coming 🙂

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Ivete Sangalo is one of the most famous singers & songwriters from Bahia. Before her solo career she released six albums with Banda Eva. Here she performed with Seu Jorge at Madison Square Garden in New York, one of my favorite performances:

Ivete singing Obrigado Axé at the carnival in Salvador, the world’s biggest Carnival. It is much more participatory than the carnival in Rio. Also different to Rio where they play more samba is that in Salvador’s carnival they play more African-based Axé.

She is the Brazilian Beyoncé  <3

Performing with Olodum in a stunning dress:

Baiana dancing by Antonio Chequer
  1. They know how to dance – Brazilians in general have music in their blood.
  2. They have self-confidence.
  3. They are proud of their state & it’s people. It is celebrated with the slogan *Sucesso da Bahia* – success of Bahia.
  4. Baianas are very happy & enjoy life to the fullest. Bahia is a state where people are very happy.
    Smile you are in Bahia © 2009 Fábio Luiz
    Smile you are in Bahia © 2009 Fábio Luiz
  5. It is all about hair – Baianas spend more time with styling their hair than I know from
    German women.

Hairstyling

  1. Their nails – Baianas have colored nails most of the time specially when they go to a party.
  2. Their clothes – long & colourful dresses are my favorite.
  3. Men carry heavy things – Me, as a German, I was used to carry my stuff. The Baiana instead lets the men carry the heavy things.
  4. Girls love football <3
    Girls love football

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lime Pie by Carina Graef

Torta de limão in Portuguese is a Lime Pie with sweetened condensed milk, which is often used in Brazilian desserts & also not missing in this delicious pie.

Recipe for Torta de limão:recipes-torta-de-limao-inredients

For the dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 100 g butter at room temperature
  • 4 egg yolks

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the butter and the egg yolks. Work the dough with your hands and wrap it in cling. Put it in the refrigerator while you prepare the lime cream.

 For the lime cream:

  • 300 ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 75 ml lime juice (2-3 limes)

Before you squeeze the lime you can grate the zest if you want. It tastes nice in the lemon cream and you can decorate your pie later with it.

Mix the sweetened condensed milk and lime juice in a bowl.

Lime Pie by Carina Gräf

Prepare a baking tin or tart pan with butter or a baking parchment and spread the dough. You can roll the dough before putting it or you use your hands to spread the dough. Fill it with the lime cream. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F and bake the pie for about 35 minutes.

Keep it in refrigerator and serve cold. You can decorate as you wish with lime zest or slices.

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Lime Pie by Carina Gräf

Church of Bonfim © Antônio Chequer

Church of our Lord of the Good End / Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (in Portuguese) is the most famous church in Salvador da Bahia.

The church was built in the Lower City of Salvador in the 18th century. It is a very important place to locals & also a tourist attraction. The fence around the church is decorated with Ribbons of Bonfim / Fitas do Bonfim. The belief is that to makes three knots with the Fita do Bonfim, can be at the fence or can be at the wrist, you also have three wishes to make. The wishes will all come true if you keep the Fita on until it falls off. Every year in January is a huge religious celebration, the Festa do Bonfim at the chruch.

Like most churches in Salvador, Bonfim’s church is Catholic in it’s origins. Senhor do Bonfim was imported to Brazil during colonial times. Slaves, mostly from Africa, disguised their African gods as Catholic saints. This Afro-Brazilian religion is called Candomblé.