Today we arrived in Salvador Bahia, the eastern most point in Brazil. But before I go there, some things about yesterday at sea. Seas were calm and winds light, so very smooth sailing. In the evening, the area around the pool converts to a restaurant that features cooking on hot volcanic stones. A lot of choices from beef, seafood, pork, chicken and veal. We opted for the veal chops which were advertised as 10 oz. They were probably in the 14-16 oz range and were two of the best veal chops we’ve ever had. Along with that a choice of sauces and vegetables to go with it. We could barely finish our ice cream and chocolate sauce after eating all that and once again, a very memorable meal and evening.
Now for Salvador which was the main stop for African slave trade as they brought them to the Americas. The area is heavily influenced by their culture with music and art. There is an area called the upper city which was the focus of our tour today. It started off going to a famous lighthouse and then proceeded to the upper city for a walking tour. The upper city was built as a defensive position about 500 years ago for the Portuguese to repel the Dutch and has some of the oldest (and richest) churches in South America.