THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE FARM
('As arredores da fazenda')
During my trip, I also visited the city of Ilhéus, which was and is so important for cocoa, as well as Ferradas, a suburb of Itabuna, in which the famous writer Jorge Amado was born.
Interior of the 'Catedral de São Sebastião', Ilhéus
Ilheus is the second largest city of Bahia and famous for the cocoa and the writer Jorge Amado (1912 - 2001), who grew up here and also wrote one of his most famous novels: "Gabriela Clove and Cinnamon". A film was made of the novel, starring with Marcello Mastroiani and the beautiful Sônia Braga. The original title is "Gabriela Cravo e Canela".
Since then, the area has also been called "Terra da Gabriela". Many scenes of the fictional story are set in the famous Vesuvio Café, located next to the Cathedral of São Sebastião. Ilhéus has also wonderful beaches to the north and south of the city.
Cathedral of São Sebastião, Ilhéus
Catedral de São Sebastião, Ilhéus, seen from the city
In the distance you can see a luxury ships visit the port. 4 or 5 of these cruise ships put into this port. The main attractions are: the “cocoa coast”,
a visit to the CEPLAC and to the chocolate factory 'Chocolate Caseiro'. With this ship 4,500 vistors arrive on this ship but unfortunately the
people of the region do not benefit from this type of tourism - tourists have everything on the ship and therefore hardly spend anything on land.
The wealth associated with economic growth created the first architecturally notable buildings such as the Palácio Paranaguá, which now houses the Town Hall, the Cathedral of São Sebastião, or the theater. Until 1980 Ilhéus was the largest cocoa port in the world.
Palácio do Paranaguá, Ilhéus
Igreja de São Jorge (1572), Ilhéus
Chocolate Caseiro Ilhéus - Chocolate factory in Ilheus
'Costa do Cacau' near Ilhéus
Baiana in Ilhéus
This kind lady wears the typical dress of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé, which came from Africa to Brazil. From her I got a Candomblé blessing for photographers. While she spoke the blessing, she brushed my face with bush basil ('manjericão') soaked in lavender water. Hopefully this blessing will work one day!
Kiss in Ilhéus
FERRADAS / ITABÚNA
Life in Ferradas is quite simple, you can sense the decline in the cocoa business, even if it was 20 years ago and although the town has never experienced new prosperity, I met some wonderful people in Ferradas. I was able to check my e-mails on the pharmacists PC, directly behind his shop. Unfortunately the letters on the keyboard had completely faded, which made it almost impossible to enter my complicated password. The Brazilian keyboard is slightly different from the German.
Street culture in Ferradas
Traffic in Ferradas, I
Traffic in Ferradas, II
Evening in Ferradas
Evening scene in Ferradas
When night falls in Ferradas ...
THE RETURN TRIP
On my return trip, I took some more time and chose the longer route along the coast. Here are a few impressions.
PORTO SEGURO / ARRAIAL D'AJUDA
Porto Seguro is located in the centre of Discovery Coast ('Costa do Descobrimento)', ie, the Portuguese Pedro Alvarez Cabral and his fleet, which was actually on its way to India, landed here in April 1500 and he took possession of the land in the name of the Portuguese Crown.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda (1550)
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda
Carlos' speciality: blow-dried grilled chicken hearts
RIO DAS OSTRAS / BARRA DE SãO JOãO
Igreja Barra de São João
"Ponte Caída" (~ Fallen Bridge): Built in 1942, collapsed in 1959. 17 years, well.
Armação do Buzios
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