Street names are a fascinating slice of culture.
It is common, in São Paulo, to find that street names share a common theme. In the Jardins side of Paulista, several streets are named after cities in the state: Santos is the main port, Jaú is a leather working city in the west as is Franca, Campinas is the second largest city in SP and so on.
Near Shopping Ibarupuera, the cross streets are named after indian cultures (). Moving towards Av. Santo Amaro, you will see bird names (Rouxinol - nightingale, Pavão - peacock, Graúna - blackbird). A corner of Jardins uses country names (Venezuela, Iraq, Estados Unidos, and so on)
If there isn't a common theme, you'll find that most streets are named after famous (or not so famous) people. Brigadeiro Faria Lima was not only a career airforce man but also a mayor, responsible for building the Tiete highway.
Curiously, other streets have dates as names. Almost every city in Brazil has a Av 7 de Setembro (Independence day). 9 de Julho remembers the failed Constitutional Revolution.
Finally, there are a lot of religious place names: Sto Amaro and São João are both named for saints.
Trivia: in September 10, 1809, it was determined that every street in São Paulo should have a name and that it should be written in every street corner, in a place that is easy to read. Ironically, there is no street named 10 de Setembro.
Try tp visit the old train...
Try tp visit the old train stations 'Julio Prestes' and 'Da Luz' in Sao Paulo. They are located very close to each other, and from their you can also enjoy the park 'Luz' as well as the 'Museu de Arte Sacra'.
Metro is good
Metro is clean, safe, and easy to use...only complaint is that the metro stations are very far apart from one another, sometimes you need to take a taxi just to arrive at a metro stop. Besides that very good and cheap way to get around the city.
Afrodisiac, interesting and exotic food
I just can't describe the place...they have very big room that is devided in two. the first one is where the barbecue and the bar is and the other has a lot of plants and tables for which u can make a reservation.
The decoration is so different and somehow weird, they explain what the Tantra is and on the walls they describe what f.e. pepper or a fruit simbolises or what they bring while having sex...and in the bathrooms u'll see Kama Sutra images (hehe..my little sister got a little..how could I say... "scared")
Oh..I almost forgot...they have great different shows (every wednesday) with very nice, but simple, music. It is a Mongolian Grill...u can pay for the grill and eat as much as u want, or u can take something from the menu.
When I went there I took the grill...there are more or less 5 types of meat (shark is also included) and X sauces and spices...u can mix what u want and give to the grill man who makes it for u infront of u:-)
Driving Sao Paulo during rush hour is a thing you dont wish to do as a tourist, just lean back in your chair and enjoy the sky-line as far as possible.
Sao Paulo is a large city, with well organized infrastructure that is updated as we speak.
Going out for diner, walking the marvelous parcs, and listen to the many stories from times past.
I enjoyed my visit very much and miss this beautifull city, the city of concrete