X - Miscellaneous or not relevant, São Paulo
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.
White stripes look nice against the black pavement, don't they? At least, I hope so, because pedestrian crossings are no more than decorative in this city!
Cars do not stop for pedestrians. In theory, people should wait for the stop light, and then cross the street. In practice, paulistanos will dash between the cars with great courage, specially near Av. Paulista.
Av Paulista has its own Metro line, which is surprising in a city with such a rudimentary mass transit system.
This was the first subway built in São Paulo, since most of the work was already done: the original urban planning had Paulista as an underground street, with beautiful parks at the city level. Although this never came to be, most of the tunnels were built. Later, these tunnels were used for the metro.
By the way, don't you just love the category "miscellaneous and not relevant"? It applies to so many things in life.
If you intend to travel to the North of Brazil you will need to prove that you have had yellow fever shots in order to pass.
You can get free yellow fever shots at the domestic airport. It's called AEROPORTO DE CONGONHAS.
The clinic is in an office at the very right of the main airport entrance. You need to provide passport details.
The Carnaval Parade takes place at "Anhembi Sambódromo", Av. Olavo Fontoura 1209, Parque Anhembi - Santana. It usually rains during Carnaval, so don't forget your cagoule or umbrella.
Carnaval Parade 2004 theme: "Carnaval dos 450 Anos" (Homage to São Paulo)
Carnaval Parade 2004 dates: February 20th to February 27th.
- São Paulo Samba Schools Parades CARNIVAL 2004 PRICES:
Cadeiras de pista (seats):
From R$ 110 to R$ 160
Mesas de pista (table):
From R$ 590 to R$ 850
Camarote especial - up to 10 people - (VIP box):
From R$ 6.600 to 10.500
Camarote simples - up to 25 people - (simple box):
From R$ 13.220 to 19.980
From R$ 25 to R$ 70
Click on "Mapa" for seating chart.
From February 20th, tickets will be sold at Sambódromo.
www.carnavalsp.com.br (in Portuguese)
Situated 760 metres above sea level, the city of São Paulo, in the state of the same name, occupies an area of approximately 1500 square kilometres, of which almost two-thirds is urbanised and the rest rural.
These two areas together are known as Grande São Paulo (Greater São Paulo) and, with more than 15 million people, have the largest population of any city in South America.
Favorite thing: People always ask about the crime in Sao Paulo considering it is the 2nd largest city in the world. Having been to both Rio and Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo is definitely safer and less crime - and published statistics show Sao Paulo with less crime per capita. I have been to Sao Paulo twice (traveling alone) and always felt reasonably safe whereever I have visited.
A wonderful translator, driver, and guide available for sightseeing. You set the agenda, or let him pick-out his favorite spots. Very pleasant and accommodating.
Fondest memory: Reach him at (55 11) 9313.3534 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite thing: I went to Sao Paulo to celebrate christmas with a brazillian family. It was a totally new experience for me and most of my new impressions where made inside a small family house Sao Paulo. Brazillian people love celebrations and party and are allways welcoming new friends. No matter where you from!
Favorite thing: A good tip is to buy the Folha de São Paulo newspaper on fridays. Together with it there is a guide to the main activities in the city. Believe me - there´s a lot to do. Can you read portuguese? Fine. Can´t read portuguese? If you can´t figure it all out for yourself, just knock one of the many english courses and ask a benevolent soul to translate some of it to you.
go crazy at a punk rock show! SP has a big underground punk, hardcore, rockabilly, wild dancing green haired girl scene. People who live there can probably explain it a lot better than I.
Fondest memory: Dominatrix, led by a green haired vegan angel! I interviewed them along with my friend Tom, and I'll put up a link for it if I can find the tapes.
know why you want to visit SP. For getting an impression about Brazil, it is certainly the wrong place.
Take your best friend (and/or a lot of books) with you when you come, otherwise you will be very, very lonely.
Fondest memory: I was there during the carneval season and missed it!!!
(Photo: Museu Paulista)
Take it all in, especially the restaurants. Get out, take a taxi and see the museums, the parks, people! Keep your money out of sight, take little or nothing with you and enjoy being immersed in the enormity of Sao Paulo.
Fondest memory: The food, especially the churrascaria, although the Italian restaurants are hard to beat.
Favorite thing: VISIT THE FOLLOWINGS SITES: PAULISTA AVENUE,JUSCELINO KUBISTCHEK AVENUE, AUGUSTA STREET,BRIGADEIRO FARIA LIMA AVENUE ,IBIRAPUERA PARK,JOCKEY CLUB DE SAO PAULO, MORUMBI STADIUM, MASP MUSEUM,IGUATEMI MALL,MORUMBI MALL,ELDORADO MALL, IBIRAPUERA MALL AND HIGIENOPOLIS MALL
Favorite thing: One of the largest urban centers in the world, São Paulo is Brazil’s major industrial center, but there are leisure attractions, too. The City Park and Zoo, the Ibirapuera Park and the Planetarium are worth visiting. Another must is the unique snake farm of Butantã institute. The local authorities draw up a calendar of interesting events throughout the year that are of specific interest. For gourmets, São Paulo’s superb cuisine is a revelation. Ethnic restaurants cater to the most demanding and discerning palates.