Thu 7 May 2009 - Sat 9 May 2009 24 °C
The hellish wait and the hellish bus ride were thankfully worth it once we feasted our eyes on the beauty that is Ouro Preto. Arriving a 6am on virtually no sleep, we were so enthralled by the view of the city (and the perfect sunny day that awaited us) that the cobwebs of sleep were lifted away instantly. Ouro Preto has been (and will be since we won’t be visiting any more cities) the most beautiful and incredible city we have visited on this trip. The name of the city translates into “Black Gold” and it was at one time a gold mining town. These days, it is an awe-inspiring colonial town and one of many Unesco World Heritage Sites. This colonial town (it’s actually a decent sized city and the colonial architecture spans a large distance) is set in the hills of the mountains and even our hostel was a 10 minute workout uphill. There are about a dozen gorgeous churches, many of which are on the peaks of hills/mountains. The colonial buildings are brightly coloured, as colonial buildings are, well maintained, and they never got boring.
All this beauty was topped off with a terrific Chocolate Café that served lunch and hot beverages but specialized in truffles and chocolates. Our favourite truffles were the pineapple and the passion fruit which were both, surprisingly, white chocolate truffles (neither of us tend to like white chocolate – perhaps because white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate!). These were perfectly accompanied by European style hot chocolates. It was a pure chocolate indulgence.
If you ever make it to Brazil, you must visit this city. Experiencing this place makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale…
Picture by the magnificent Jorge.