SWARMS FROM SÃO PAULO AND OTHER STATES IN BRAS
This may or may not belong in the shopping section but I believe it does.... because I'm showing here how popular and sought after the clothing items of Bras are.
Just about every day , so I was told , busses loaded with people from inner State of São Paulo ascend on Bras like swarms of locust.....to buy up , it seems , whatever they can..... The worst day is supposedly Saturday when the average John and Jane from cities up to 300 km away come for their shopping trip..... On other days it's just the owners of clothes shops , also from cities up to some 300 km away.....
The busses arrive , their human load disperses in all directions , leaving the drivers behind without anything to do , the busses are parked in just about every street... This shopping trips are organized by local travel agencies in those cities , so the shoppers have a certain amount of time , 3 or 4 hours to find what they're after.... Then they get back to the bus , load everything in the cargo department ( where the driver has been sleeping for a few hours ) and all that done and everybody back , off they go home with their prey.....
A nice day for the shoppers , an even nicer day for the cash registers in the shops..... Clothes.......
but there are a few shops in Bras that don't sell clothes or there are sidewalk stands selling CDs, DVDs ( all pirated products ) , sunglasses , chinese made toys contrabanded from Paraguay , even at times counterfeit alcoholic drinks that are popular , like Amarula , fruit licor from South Africa or Baileys Chocolate licor......
These products are not recommendable......
The clothes are......
Buses Leaving São Paulo (capital) To Other Cities
- Itapemirim(www2.itapemirim.com.br/itap/consulta2.asp): From SP (capital) to the cities of f MA, ES, MG, TO, PE, RS, CE, PA, PB, RJ, PI, PR, AL
- São Geraldo (www.passagens.onibus.com.br):
From SP (capital) to the cities of AL, BA, ES, MG, PB, PE, RN and SE.
- Pluma (184.108.40.206/passagens/passagens.asp):
From SP (capital) to the cities of Santiago do Chile, Assunção, Ciudad del este in Paraguay and cities of RS.
- Gontijo (www.gontijo.com.br/horarios.html):
From Terminal Rodoviário Tiête to the capital cities of CE, MG, MT, RO and TO.
- Real Expresso (www.realexpresso.com.br/principal/principal.htm):
From SP (capital) to the cities of Brasília - DF, Guara -SP and some cities in the countryside of MG.
- Viação Cometa (www.viacaocometa.com.br/linhas/linhas.asp):
From Terminal Rodoviário Tiête and Barra Funda to the main cities of the countryside of SP, and also cities of MG, RJ and Curitiba - PR.
- Viação Motta : From Terminal Barra Funda to the cities of MS, GO and MG.
- Viação Garcia (www.viacaogarcia.com.br/internas/passageiros/passageiros.asp): From SP (capital) to cities of SP, PR, MG, RJ, MS and SC.
- Viação Ouro Branco (www.viacaoourobranco.com.br/scripts/vobpesq.exe?pesq=nomap): From SP (capital) to countrysides cities of SP and PR.
- Viação Santa Cruz (www.viacaosantacruz.com.br/Upax_Horarios_frame.htm): From SP (capital) to countryside cities of SP and PR.
- Princesa dos Campos (www.princesadoscampos.com.br/horarios/horarios.php): From Terminal Barra Funda to countryside cities of SP and PR.
- Pássaro Marron (www.passaromarron.com.br/horarios.asp): From Terminal Tiête to north coast cities and countryside cities of SP, Campos do Jordão-SP and countryside cities of MG.
- Andorinha (www.andorinha.com): From Terminal Barra Funda to cities of MS, including Campo Grande and Corumbá.
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24-hour Coffee Shop
Fran´s Café is a chain of a coffee shop. This one is probably their smallest shop.
If you are driving past it, especially at night, you will certainly miss it.
It´s a very cozy place with a few tables. There is also a mezzanine with more tables and I think the W.C. is right there.
Newspapers and magazines available. You can browse the newspapers, not sure about the magazines.
Some sandwiches/croissants are served with chips. I don´t remember my sandwich´s name but it had cheese, ham and green olives (not served with chips).
My husband ate the same sandwich plus some Belgian waffle, which was a bit disappointed for him.
I don´t remember exactly how much we paid for everything.
The center of Sao Paulo has some interesting architecture with older buildings mixed in with newer structures. This is one of the few places in Sao Paulo where you can actually walk around in a pedestrian area, albeit not at night.