Paulo is a huge city, with a population of 19 million, it's the largest
city in the southern hemisphere. It doesn't get a huge amount of
tourist traffic but we liked it a lot, the traffic systems are
unbelievable, and that combined with an endless number of skyscrapers
make it a real metropolis.
Paulo is home to the largest Japanese population in the world outside
Japan, and most of them live in the Liberdade area of the city. We went
for lunch at the busy Sunday market.
Back to an abundance of tropical fruit - coconuts are sold everywhere.
is a section of the Ibirapuera park devoted to miniature model
enthuasiasts. I reckon you could find anything you wanted in this city
if you had time to look for it.
Had to try some of the Guarana drink that is as popular as coke here.
Museum of Contemporary Art is also located in the park and is where all
the young people hang out under here this raised path which leads to
Chicken leg pattern wallpaper art.
We loved this corner cafe / shop where we had some 'pao de queijo' cheese bread balls - yum.
has an international reputation for its grafitti, Sao Paulo is
supposedly seen as the new 1970's New York in grafitti terms. This
style of tagging 'Pixacao' is everywhere, as well as the work of the
famous twins Os Gemeos who are from the city.
There is a tower based on the Empire State building with amazing views for free and no queues-when we were there anyway.
Tropical fruit at the market and sushi at the market...
'Pastels'are a popular Brazilian snack - stuffed pastry parcels.
Churros filled with delicious dulce de leite sold on the street...
The weather got really bad, with heavy rain and thunder for about two days...
had a bit of trouble getting buses to Paraty and almost ended up
stranded in a little town in the middle of nowhere but ended up
convincing a busdriver to take us at half eleven at night even though
the town we were in was only a drop off point. He had a bit of
difficulty dealing with the fact that there was no official ticket price
to charge us, but eventually we were on our way after we compensated him generously for his trouble. Paraty was a cute
cobblestone town that was used as a shipping port for gold being sent to
Portugal back in the day. It's a really tropical place with beaches
and waterfalls and jungle.