Sunny Salvador da Bahia
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 158 of 177 › view all entries
August 27th, 2008 – by: sissanoel
After our visit here, we cooled off with a cold coconut then went next door to the Afro-Brasilian Musuem, housed within the old Faculty of Medicine.
Last museum today was a visit to the Church of the Third Order of San Francisco, next door to the `Golden Church´. It has been recently restored, so the interior is in very good condition. It also houses a small museum of furniture and religous items. The unusual and ornately carved Spanish Baroque facade outside was only discovered in the early 1900s when electrical wiring work was being done - it had been rendered over and forgotten about for a couple of hundred years.
We went back to the Cooking Museum for lunch at the cooking school housed within - a good value, per kilo with a selection of local and international dishes. Later this afternoon we walked back into the centre to the Escola Olodum, where the percussion students were being filmed for an MTV feature. Unfortunately, the TV crew turned up very late so we could only stay for a short while, as we were going to a performance of the Bale Folclorico da Bahia this eveing, a world-renowned group of dances performing traditional dances, mostly connected to the candomble ceremonies. The show went for one hour and was spectacular, particulary the demonstration of capoiera at the end - those guys are incredible with their rapid movements and spins - made us al dizzy! Back to the hotel for a delicious pasta cabonara meal cooked the chef on our tour, Adrian (who just happens to hail from Romsey, right near where we live, although he now lives and works in the UK).
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