Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (Black Gold) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil's golden age in the 18th century.
With the exhaustion of the gold mines in the 19th century, the city's influence declined but many churches, bridges and fountains remain
as a testimony to its past prosperity and the exceptional talent of the Baroque sculptor Aleijadinho.
In Brasil I move from one town to another by night bus mostly. 6:00am ish, I was waked by a Brasilan woman who was sitting behind me, her body language tell me - 'This is the place'. (I always ask driver and other passenger to wake me up when arrived my stop). Followed other start to walk down to the town. This is early morning the town is very quiet and still fogging.
I have nothing to regret been this miraculous place. And I alway go for walk around town when sunrise, and sunset. Sunlight given different picture in every moment.
This is holiday season, accomodation is quite full, and costy...but there is always some place for me - "Republica"-students house :)
A old gentlerman who is only one speak English from tourism information centre, me to try "Republica"-students house
With my ubeatable ugly smile, I got my room. A 15 meter square, new wax-polished floorboard(stronge wax smell), two balconies, sunny, very clean-completely empty room. This is only one leave for that moment. there was not bed, not mattress--nothing. Well, to me, it is better than nothing.
This is view from my balcony. This will be a busy street after 8am. And only 4 mins walk up to town centre.