We were in Salvador da Bahia the day before yesterday. Salvador da Bahia is an old city, a UNESCO Heritage site and was the capital of Brazil for 200 years. Today it is the capital of Brazilian state of Bahia and is situated on the beautiful Bay of All Saints (Bahia de Todos os Santos), the 2nd largest in the world after Hudson Bay according to our local guide (Viking included tour). It is fun, colorful, laid-back, musical and happy! Musicians are everywhere in the center of town, and the colonial buildings are still resplendent with colonial architectural styles, most notably the opulent and ornate baroque style of the Sao Francisco da Assisi church. Beautiful carvings adorn the outside and the ticket-hall is lined with paintings and large blue-and-white tiles (azuelos) imported from Lisbon . A beautiful painting adorns the ceiling. We didn't go inside but the intricate carvings inside are covered in goldleaf! We'd visited a similar church in Porto, Portugal a year or so ago, so skipped this one.
The city itself is a lot like Lisbon with its upper city (you ride up a large elevator to get up there) hilly cobblestoned streets and pastel-colored buildings. It is the only region in Brazil with an Afro-Brazilian culture.
It was hot and humid the day we were there, and the 2-3 hour walk was exhausting! But quite enjoyable. Here are some scenes from the tour.