Sunny Sao Paulo (at last)

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The old pedestrian viaduct near Tea Hill park.
Woke up to perfect blue skies today, and had our last brekky with Tim this morning - we´ll miss him after being with him for two weeks now.  We took the metro over to Tiete Bus Station to get our tickets for Paraty, the man very kindly told us the good seats to see the coastal view as we travel towards the sea.  Then headed back into the centre to see the Sao Bento Basilica - they were having a multi-denominational service in honour of the Day of the Lawyer, so very apt for Melissa!  We then went to the Edificio Arantes, now the headquarters of the Santander Bank, and went up the tower to get a view over the city.  The building opened in 1947 and is a rough copy of the Empire State Building.  The viewing platform is at 161m and there is a 13m, 1.
Street art in Sao Paulo.
5 ton crystal chandelier in the lobby.  You have to present photo ID to go up the tower, so make sure you take something if you want to check out the view - which is pretty stunning.  Sao Paulo is the biggest metropolis in South America, with a profusion of heli-pads on the top of the numerous high-rise buildings.  People here apparently use helicopters like taxis, so they´re always buzzing about overhead.  Sao Paulo is a city of great contrasts - incredible and obvious wealth, and also very obvious poverty with beggars and homeless people in the streets.
Walked over to the Central Market, which is laid out very nicely in sections of neat and colourful stalls of every type of foodstuff.  We had lunch at a little cafe, and watched Australia beat Brazil in womens basketball at the Olympics - luckily the owners were pretty friendly!  Went back over to the Praça Se to see the Zero Mile Marker, from where distances in Sao Paulo are measured (we didn´t notice it the other day).  Also some excitement in the Praça with a big crowd gathering around police arresting someone, and another crowd watching a faith healer ´heal´someone from the crowd.  Went home on the metro after a cooling sugarcane drink - the system here is very easy and safe to use and can get you almost anywhere.
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The old pedestrian viaduct near Te…
The old pedestrian viaduct near T…
Street art in Sao Paulo.
Street art in Sao Paulo.
Sao Bento outside his basilica.
Sao Bento outside his basilica.
The Sao Paulo Empire State Buildin…
The Sao Paulo Empire State Buildi…
View from the tower of the Edifici…
View from the tower of the Edific…
Inside the Central Market.
Inside the Central Market.
The Metropolitan Cathedral on a su…
The Metropolitan Cathedral on a s…
Sao Paulo
photo by: Eric