For those interested in railroad equipment, the Immigrants Museum has a number of interesting items on its property.
Those items include two wood burning steam locomotives - one of them a fairly large Pacific 4-6-2 type locomotive, and the other a tiny 0-4-0 switcher. There are also a number of beautiful passenger cars, and equipment in storage waiting for restoration.
There are some photos and information about the big locomotive and some photos and information about the little engine on the web site of the immigrants museum.
The tourist map at the São Paulo Metro suggests getting off at the Bresser Station. The Brás station is closer. See my tips on the Metro system for more information on finding things on the Metro system.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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MARQUISE DE SANTOS HOUSE
This incredible house(in & out!!),has its built date unknown,but,according to the architecture style some believes it remains from the XVIII's.
In 1834,Dona Marilia Domitilia De Castro Canto e Mello,Marquise De Santos,bought the house,and it became the most aristocratic residence in the city!
The story of this marquise is full of scandals and tragedies:her first husband,with whom she had 2 children,wounded her almost to death after a terrible argue,even she was pregnant at that time(she gave birth to the child,but he died after a short time):after that,she became the mistress of the Brazilian Emperor,Dom Pedro II,with whom she had 5 children,3 died young:as the Emperor needed a second wife,after the first died,and the fact he had a mistress disturbed the Court,they finished the relationship.
Than she married again,and had more 4 children.She was a beautiful,rich,elegant woman,and her house was a scenery for famous mask balls and intelectual meetings.
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!
Chinatown, Sao Paulo. What...
Chinatown, Sao Paulo. What I've heard is that its over a million chinese people living in this part of the city. The influence is obvious. Not exactly what I was expecting visiting the largest city in South America.
Liberdade - the brazilian...
Liberdade - the brazilian japan. Sao Paulo is a festival of different cultures as you'll notice while you walk down the streets. The Liberdade neighbourhood, for instance, is the japanese neighbourhood of the city. You can see menus, boards, everything in japanese, you hear japanese on the streets and it gets to such a point I was unable to buy some stuff at the market because I couldn't speak japanese and the lady couldn't speak portuguese! Check it out - people say here you can get the best from Japan in much lower price! The stores are really amazing, I have to say....
This picture was borrowed from the Feira da Liberdade site. You can check more like this there, and also a brief history of the neighbourhood in english.
Don't miss the Carnaval( Rio's...
Don't miss the Carnaval( Rio's and São Paulo's competitions are on different days, so you can see both!)
And the New Year Celebration in Paulista Avenue, over 1,5 million people every year! Don't miss.
Well, if you have not been to...
Well, if you have not been to Japan and want to get a glimpse of it, you can actually do this in SP. 1 or 2 million japanese live in the city, and their presence can be seen in countless japanese restaurants as well as in some japanese gardens, temples and buildings within the city. In July, they celebrate their festival in the city, but there are always some activities around the year (e.g. 'Ikebana' exhibitions). More about the history of the japanese people of SP can be found in a very interesting museum. Also, in Itapuera da Sera, a small city close to SP, you find a japanese temple which is a copy of the famous Kinkaku-ji ('Gold') Temple in Kyoto.
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'.
Embu – this is an arts and...
Embu – this is an arts and crafts festival outside of Sao Paulo, which is definitely worth the short drive. There’s absolutely everything you could possibly hope to find there – rocks and gems, handmade crafts such as windchimes and plates, feathers, and precious rock bookends. I purchased my (then) fiance a hand crafted marble chess set for a wonderful price, and I would say it’s priceless.
Embu is definitely lots of fun! And the locals that set up booths there are really charming and welcoming. It takes less than an hour to get to Embu from São Paulo; catch the 'Embu Cultural' bus from outside the Tietê Rodoviária.
BRAZILIAN COLD IN THE SUMMER
The temperatures are always cold in summits like Urubu, it is about 1000 meters high, here you can see my mother Dona Stella really surprised by the freezing winter!
February 19th, 2005
ON THE ROAD AGAIN PART 1
In this same stop somewhere at Serra das Araras, there where a curious bathroom saying: PISSSSS HERE!
Great and unique!
September 15th, 2005
Try the unknown exotic fruits
I found this fruit at the municipal market it is expensive compared to other fruits but very interesting colour and texture.Related to:
- Family Travel
Polish your shoes here
This man polished and shined my shoes very cheaply,then a young boy come and sold me a pen,I took this picture of them to remind me of that moment ...Related to:
- Family Travel
Brazil is not known for its spices but I feel soon it might,everywhere I go I see spices like this on sale.
The fares has gone up
The fares on the metro(underground)has gone up by R$20 today 17 January 05.But still a good price at R$2.10 to anywhere in Sao Paulo.Related to:
- Family Travel
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