Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd
On Friday we ventured into Manaus on our own on the shuttle bus. The sights and smells of the city have to be seen to be believed. On every conceivable space at the side of the roads are stalls selling a very diverse selection of goods; mostly food but also electrical gadgets etc. The pavements were crowded and as we made our way through we were stared at as if visiting from Mars! Eventually after getting lost, we found the Cathedral and Opera House, by which time we were very hot and decided to make our way back to the ship for lunch. It is noticeable how many people, young and old wear flip flops.
Saturday at 8.00 am we joined a tour "Highlights of Manaus", which started by taking us to the oldest part of the city, Amazonian Museum and other historic sights. The most incredible information was that the majority of the building materials and such like came from Liverpool.
Then we had a guided tour of the Theatre de Amazonia or Opera House. It is a magnificent building which took 12 years to build. The architects came from Italy, hopefully our photos give you an idea of how grand it is.
On our way to the large market, we were held up by a small road accident between a lorry and car. We were all agog at the Brazilian drivers, who didn't wait patiently but pushed their way through between the lorry and the coach - quite, quite a sight to behold! The indoor fish market is not for anyone with a weak or squeamish disposition. Fish are piled high on the counters with their beady black eyes looking at you and then you hear the fishmongers at work filleting etc. The raw meat section is even worse and I have to admit I walked through with eyes downcast. There is another section of stalls selling souvenirs and other everyday goods.
This evening we are on a tour to the Opera House to hear a repertoire of different music, which will fulfil our main reason to return to Manaus.
Concert last eve was superb.
Just might be our last blog as forgot to pack iPad charger!!!!!!