Olinda, Recife and Praia da Pipa.

Oi companheiros! This time I tell you about Recife, Olinda and Praia da Pipa.
Recife is a big city with a beautiful beach overlooked by modern skyscrapers and a river that, flowing, creates several canals crossed by bridges and footbridges. The ancient area is a mixture of churches, monuments, colonial buildings with bright colours, ugly and dilapidated apartment buildings and many colourful markets with vibrant music at high volume. Olinda, just few km away, is a small colonial gem that from the sea climbs to a hill. I post the photos.

In the foreground Olinda and in background Recife, with the skyscrapers on the beach.


One of the many churches of Olinda.


A street


People in the street.


The first evening in Olinda was very nice because there was already a carnival atmosphere. I had met on the bus to Recife Antoni, French, and we went for drinks at a club called the Botega do Vejo where we met two girls from Recife, Jani (pictured with Antoni) and Camilla. And then other locals.


A tightrope walker.


And that’s me! Happy with Recife’s friends.


No photo, please.


Olinda by night.


Risky picture.


Recife getting ready for Carnival.


One of the many markets of the old town.


Usually I don’t like much the police, but in place as Recife I was not sad to see them around :-) Just right when I left the state of Bahia, the police went on strike and there was total chaos, robberies, murders (only in Salvador over 50), whole bus stopped in the streets and looted, etc…


No, I changed my mind, I do not want to swim today.


Here we are in Praia da Pipa, a bit south of Natal, a very nice place, with, needless to say, fabulous beaches.
The first swim I did at this beach, called “Baia dos Golfinhos” – the dolphins’ Bay. I thought it was just a name, but as I bathed appeared out all around! Then all the people from the beach came into the sea to see them more closely and the dolphins stayed a long time to swim around, very social animals.


Also the beaches of Praia da Pipa, as those south of Arraial, are flanked by red rocks overlooking. Here we are on the Chapadao, a sort of wide open space on the rock with a breathtaking view on the beaches below and the endless sea.


The “Love Beach”, also called the “Drown beach” because unfortunately makes many victims with its strange currents.


My long shadow.


Sitting on the edge of a cliff, you can get lost staring at the sea that whitens and screaming, until the sun sets behind.


And the Moon rises.


All right. Enough for now! :-) See you next time.

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