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my journey to health and well being via exotic destinations


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Salvador & the seaside: hitting the tourist hotspots in Brazil

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The slave church in the slave market square with a woman in candomble dress

It’s still raining when we arrive in Salvador, Brazil’s former capital, site of the first landing in 1501 by Amerigo Vespucci and centre of the slave trade. It is the most African part of Brazil with 80% of people having African heritage and where traditional African religions survive  today with the numerous Candomblé cults. There is even a choir that sings in Yoruba.

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Dodging the rain in Recife & Olinda

 

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View over Olinda to Recife

After our magnificent week in the hot & dusty  Pantanal we set off for the NE coast of Brazil, first stop Olinda and Recife. We are due to arrive at 2 am and, despite numerous emails and entreaties to our travel agent, are repeatedly told we have to go via São Paulo, a journey that will take 8 hours. Continue reading


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The Pantanal: Brazil’s wildlife wonderland

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Typical Pantanal view

‘Watch out! The Pantanal has the world’s worst mosquitoes!’ With  this warning  ringing in my ears, here we are with our Avon skin-so-soft spray (the best according to experts), craghoppers mosquito-proof trousers and shirts and even face nets to fit under hats. The African in me who has never bought  any safari gear is appalled. Continue reading


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São Paulo in half a day

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The Banderas monument made from Italian marble to commemorate the early explorers. Took 30 years to complete.

We arrive early in the morning to azure skies, winter sun and a distinct chill in the air. It takes us a good hour and a half to struggle through the snaking  immigration queue so it is a relief to find our driver who whisks us off the the Tivoli Mofarrej in the peaceful Jardins area of SP. Continue reading