On Friday we spent the day in picturesque Olinda, set around a tree-covered hill a few miles north of Recife.
Olinda is the artsy colonial counterpart to the big city, and is brimming with galleries, artisan’s workshops, museums, colonial churches and music in the streets.
It provided winding streets of colorful old houses and gorgeous views over trees, church towers and red-tile roofs.
Olinda was founded in 1535, and was the original capital of the province of Pernambuco. Sacked and burnt with all its Catholic churches by the Calvinist Dutch in 1631, it was rebuilt and most of what we saw dates from the 18th century and after. The whole picturesque historic center was made a Unesco World Heritage site in 1982.
We strolled the streets and took in a Catholic mass done in Portuguese before dinner.
After photographing another church and some parks, we amazingly ran into Will from California again, just as we randomly did the night before, one row in front of us at the USA vs. Germany game.
We enjoyed dinner, a live band, dancing, foreign conversations and way too many cervejas (beers).
It was another fun festa (party) night and we slept well in anticipation of tomorrow’s trip to one of Brazil’s gems—Fernando de Noronha.