Day 39 - Sâo Paulo Historic & Paulista Di

Trip Start Jul 24, 2013
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Trip End Sep 09, 2013


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Flag of Brazil  , São Paulo,
Saturday, August 31, 2013

We went to explore the city today. We hadn't heard much about the place and didn't know what to expect. So we headed to tourist information at the 'historic district' in the city centre using the metro, which is much cleaner and more comfortable than the London Underground! But it was built pretty recently. It seemed there had been a lot of recent development around the city which was generally a very nice place to walk around. We picked up a very useful map from the tourist information centre and followed the route the lady suggested. Every street was crazily busy, especially with it being a Saturday. It was lovely friendly atmosphere with the sun shinning. We wondered along admiring the classic old colonial architecture heading towards a market we had been told to visit. This was also ridiculously busy! There were fruits, meats, cheeses, specialised foods and quick eats restaurants which all looked very fancy and tasty. It looked like there were more people queuing for some restaurants than eating in them! We went for a quieter one to try the local pastry everyone was selling. Ours had cheese and tomato in a crispy flaky pastry that was deep fried. It was delicious.
We then went past the cathedral and more people filled shopping streets towards the Japanese district. There was a long street lined with Japanese lantern style street lights and shops selling oriental foods and products. Having walked for a few hours we decided to catch the metro to the more modern Paulista District. Out of the station we waked right into what appeared to be some feminist protest but it was hard to understand the Portuguese banners and chants! From here we walked back to our hostel seeing everyday São Paulo and passing through the city cemetery which had some tombstones as big as our shed! For dinner we found ourselves having burger and chips for the fourth day running, Brazil was a lot more like North America!
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