24 Hours In Sao Paulo, Brazil
“The world is like that — incomprehensible and full of surprises.”
I have been to Sao Paulo before. My boyfriend had never been though we both have spent a lot of time in that airport.
Metropolitan São Paulo is more that three times the size of Moscow and six point five times the size of New York. With almost twenty million inhabitants, it is the biggest city in both Americas and the Southern hemisphere.
I guess that is why they have some really bad traffic jams.
Six PM – We land in Sao Paulo and check in to the lovely Hotel Emiliano. I would like to have spent more time there.
Eight PM Dinner at house of new friends we had met in the Panatanal – fun.
Eleven AM We are picked up by Josanna (most upbeat person ever) and we start our tour of the city. It is Monday and everything I wanted to do was closed so I go with them. It isn’t raining yet.
Eleven Thirty AM Parque Ibirapuera is the city’s largest green space and one of the largest city parks in Latin America. The name means a rotten tree in the Tupi language and despite the unfortunate name there are many beautiful trees.
There is plenty to do here…paths to walk or bike or people watch, museums, Niemeyer architecture, a lake, and more. It is rated as one of the best urban parks in the world.
Most of the buildings are designed by Oscar Niemeyer and the landscaping is by famed landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx. I saw alot of both their work and wrote about it the last time I was here but it was so fun to see it again.
One PM São Paulo is considered one of the best cities in the world for the development of creativity in street art.
For some of the best, we visited the area of Villa Magdalena, especially Beco do Batman (Batman’s Alley).
One Thirty PM Shopping!!!!
Two Thirty PM The rain has started and we are having lunch at Figueira Rubaiyat ( Fig tree). The restaurant is built around a huge fig tree with a glass ceiling.
Four PM We drive through the Japanese neighborhood of Liberdade. Brazil has the largest number of Japanese living outside Japan of any country in the world, and many of these Japanese Brazilians live in São Paulo. It is a fun place to explore and see how the influence of Japan has influenced Brazilian life here and, of course, try some great food.
Four Thirty PM We stop at Mercado Municipal to pick up cachaca, dende and Brazil nuts (which turned out to be stale.) The market, located in the old center of the city, attracts large crowds every day. The ground floor has hundreds of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, spices, and cured meats, while there is an upper level with a number of charming restaurants.
Five Thirty PM Head for Airport
Special thanks to Josanna for her knowledge, humor and kindness and maybe the best personality and attitude of anyone I have ever met in the world!!!!!!