The sign just outside our lunch cafe in Olinda - don´t dangle your toes in the water! We did however see local fisherman wading about up to their waists, so maybe the sharks only eat tourists.
Bus from Salvador got in fairly late, so once we´d taken the metro and then a taxi to the hotel, we got to Olinda
about midday. Had lunch at a lovely cafe on the ocean-front, cheap food and huge servings. Most enjoyable! Afterwards, we all walked up to the old part of the city, looking at the artisan shops (and getting a coconut - what a surprise!) on the way. The two of us visited the Museum of Contemporary Art - the collection is not large, but has a series of David Hockney prints in amongst the mostly local artwork. The building is very interesting - it was the only Inquisition jail in Brazil, and actually functioned as a prison until the 1970s. It has been well-restored and now has a lovely cool feeling, probably a lot different to what the inmates felt when they were there! We wanted to visited the Carnaval doll museum, but it was closed, so went on to the Mamulengo Musuem.
View from Olinda back towards the city of Recife.
Mamulengo is a type of puppet show, not unlike Punch and Judy, that tells folk stories and shows popular characters in everyday situations. The devils and ghosts were our favourites, but they had a whole room dedicated to puppets depicting a Brazilian outlaw and his gang, a guy a bit like Ned Kelly, which was interesting (given the similarities between Brazil and Australia). Had a quick look at the Sao Bento church, but we didn´t find it that impressive - think we may have reached church saturation point! Dinner tonight was unfortunately a disaster. We went to a place that looked busy and nice during the day, but at night it took nearly two hours to get the food (even though we were the only ones there) and when it came it was almost inedible. The owner then tried to overcharge us by about R20 and got quite miffed when we caught him out. Luckily most of our experiences have been good, or this would really have left a bad taste in our mouths (which it actually did, because the food was horrible!!)