The Road to Bahia: Vitória

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Second stop on our road trip to Bahia was the city of Vitória in Espírito Santo.

We arrived in the evening and the military police were stationed everywhere. I was actually too nervous to take a picture after learning more about the horrors of the military dictatorship from commenters on my last post about Dilma.

We stayed at a pousada in Vila Velha right on the water. I won’t mention the name because it is not one I would necessarily recommend, but Emily enjoyed sniffing around.

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Vitória is the state’s capital and a big port city. It is very urban and seemed to be oddly deserted.  It is also home to the Convento Nossa Senhora da Penha.

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Every year it is the destination of a pilgrimage and people come from all over Brazil to participate.

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The views from the top of Vitória are quite spectacular.

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In town, we had a moqueca specific to this region, different from the one we will be consuming in Bahia.

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The Capixaba moqueca does not use the typical dende oil and it is served with pirao, a thick fish and mandioc flour stew.

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Was delicious.

After we visited a moqueca pot factory.

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The rudimentary process was intriguing.

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The pots are hand dyed with material from the local trees.

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A show room houses vendor each with their own version of the pot.

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Vitoria is great for a one day adventure if you happen to be passing through the state of ES.

Next, a very brief stop in São Mateus.

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6 Responses to The Road to Bahia: Vitória

  1. The Rider says:

    Awesome post! Thanks!

  2. Fred Wilds says:

    Hi there. I am glad to see you are headed for Bahia. It is one of my favorite areas in Brazil. The people, the food, and the culture are things I always like bringing groups to see. Enjoy your time.

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