San Michel Hotel
200 Largo Do Arouche Centro, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Jardim America seen from a hotel tower
Homage to the Jesuits
best way to Santos from GRU
My family is flying into GRU and cruising out of Santos. The cruise line offers transfers for $45 (US) per person. What is the distance/time to the pier? Since there are four of us (plus luggage), would we be better off taking a taxi, or spending $180 for transfers?
Re: best way to Santos from GRU
If you want to make some money "Expresso Brasileiro" serves the route Santos and Guarulhos Airport. I am sending the link:
Search for Tourist Department in airport in order to find where to buy bus tickets to Santos.
You will spend 2:30Hs in bus travelling on paved roads + some minutes in taxi from Santos' Bus Station to passenger dock.
Don't be worry in carrying away the luggages. The buses contain safe luggage deposits. Excessive luggage (standard is 35Kgs at deposits + 5Kgs at hand)/person may be collectable before the voyage starts.
The taxi driver may income some extra money for carrying surplus loading as well. Dealing in with driver before he is heading to dock is essential. If you think the price is abusive you may search for another taxi/driver.
Travel Tips for São Paulo
A hot day in Brazil
Come live a day in Brazil with me... A bright sunny sunday here in Brazil,
ten thousand Brazilians driving to the seaside,a thousand will sit in a shade drinking a cold drink,hundreeds of mobile phones will ring,buses fills up so does restaurants fills and empties again and again,planes takes off from the city airport,dogs rests in the deep shade of the Brazilian trees,temperatures are still climbing rapidly,I walk in the shaded side of the street.
a hundreed thousand girls take showers and put on their summer dresses and makeups,do their hairs prettily and go out , a hundreed thousand and more boys look on wishfully , the temperature is reading at 29 degrees centigrade and climbing,I walk in a cafe and order a suco (drink) any drink as long as it is cold.
Now the temperature is reading 30C, buses growls past full of happy people,the Ibirapuera park is also full of Brazilians,some jogging some pretending to jog and some are just watching each other,I sit at a deep shade of a mango tree,the temperature is reading 31C...
A thousand Brazilians light their cigarettes.
Ten thousand brazilians sip their Guaranas.
Another thousand order a pastel carne(meat pastie)
I join in after all I concider myself a Brazilian by now.
VIEWS YOU WILL PROBABLY DON'T PAY ATTETION
Visiting a megacity as Sao Paulo will probably make you cross the streets in an automatically way,running to your business meeting(usually tourism in Sao Paulo are business trips),or even if you plann to visit places like the Municipal Theater or the historical "Patio Do Colegio"(the city was founded by the "jesuits"priests as a mission center,today called "patio do colegio"),I'm not sure how much you'll pay attetion to the small details on the facades or ornamentations,so,to make your life easier,here I show some architectonic aspects of these sites..
Besides,I'll add some shoots from downtown.
One here(patio do colegio),more in my travelogue!
How the other 2.3% travels here!
Another truism from the guidebooks and travel magazines: traffic in Sao Paulo is so congested and stifling, that many businesspeople get to and from their meetings around town by helicopter! What a hoot, eh? But we had this helipad virtually right outside our balcony and saw it used quite often in the week I was there. Even when the whirlybirds weren't landing and taking off in front of our eyes, the chop-chop-chop of their whirring blades could be heard at all hours of the day. Not a nuisance at all, it just added to the big-city thrill of it all!
A decent option in São Bento
Café Girondino is perhaps the only decent dining option in the São Bento area. It is located on Largo São Bento, across from the Basilica, and is a great place to stop for coffee and a snack, or for lunch. The café has old world charm and the service is efficient. While the food looked good, I only stopped here for coffee and some pastry.
The Tallest Building
I did Sao Paolo city tour all in an afternoon. Although it looks very impressive from the air, it's not so from the land.
As with any other cities in the world, it has the tallest building. But here, (& I hardly say this in my travels), is a city which is full of people but when it comes to architectural delights, it falls far far behind the rest of the world. It's like visiting "ruins"... only these are still in use & people still live in them. Even in photos, they appear so much nicer.
All I can say is, here I see concrete... not architecture. :-(
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