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Goias Velho Travel Blog

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A shop window in Goias Velho - these ladies are a local design and can be spotted everywhere.
Left on our weekend away with Tim today.  As we headed off towards Goiana, the capital of Goias State, we came across loads of roadside stalls selling everything from pineapples and watermelons to pottery crafts and kitchen pots and pans - the copper and silver glinting in the sun was quite tempting, but had to keep remembering our baggage limit!  We got a bit lost a couple of times, and ended up taking the "scenic" routes through the cities of Goiania and Anapolis - road signage is almost non-existent, and when it does appear, it's usually after the intersection you should have turned at!  Stopped at a lanchonete about 2pm for a quick bite, and enjoyed some delicious salgados - the local pastry specialties, like empanadas filled with beef, pork or chicken withcheese, olives, egg, spices and peppers.
Noel & Melissa in the Goias Velho town square.
  Very delicious!
Arrived in Goias Velho at about 4pm and had a wander around the old cobble-stone streets.  Unfortunately, the tourist sites were all closed, as we chose to visit on the one weekend a year when the state capital moves to the town for three days.  The governor was due to arrive around the time we did, so lots of security and closed doors.  Sampled some lovely ice-cream, though, and wandered past the old houses.  Goias is a colonial gold mining town, and became a World Heritage site in 2002.  The buildings are all in good condition, and there are lots of plaques noting that various houses were lived in by well-known Brazilian artists, writers and so on.  Found our hotel, then walked back into town for dinner (after a siesta) in a little pizzeria.  Goias is also famous for its Semana Santa festival around Easter, and particularly the "farriocas" who escort the arrested Christ through the streets.  These characters are dressed in Inquisition-style costumes with pointy hoods, looking suspiciously like Klu Klux Klan members.  You can buy little models of the farriocas at every shop, and they make interesting tourist souvenirs!
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A shop window in Goias Velho - the…
A shop window in Goias Velho - th…
Noel & Melissa in the Goias Velho …
Noel & Melissa in the Goias Velho…
Tim & Melissa, a cobbled Goias str…
Tim & Melissa, a cobbled Goias st…
Noel and his Goias henchmen!
Noel and his Goias henchmen!
Goias Velho
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