2 Quiet islands and onto Sao Paulo
Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
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Since leaving Rio, we´ve been to the islands of Ilha Grande and Ihla do Mel and the sprawling metropolis that is Sao Paulo.
The islands were pretty idyllic to be quite honest! Very beautiful and some of the beaches were absolutely amazing with some of them being near deserted. The boat ride out to Ihla Grande was something like out of the tv programme ´Lost´ for a while, all cliffs and trees and nothing else in site. Both islands were reasonably quiet we thought and there wasn´t much in the way of decent nightlife. Not complaining though because we were fairly tired every evening - lying on that sand can be tough!
We met up with two of our Tralee friends, Fink and Gleese, in Ihla do Mel. There wasn´t much going on here though so moved onto Sao Paulo after a couple of days.
SP hadn´t really been in our plans beforehand but I quite liked the city and was glad to have visited. It´s a really vibrant place with plenty of stalls and markets. And a good cinema also! We saw ´Good Night & Good Luck´ which I would highly recommend! The coolness of the cinema was a relief from the heat on the streets!
The highlight of our stay in SP was undoubtedly our trip to the massive Morumbi Stadium for the big ´classico´ (derby) between SP and Palmeiras
We got tickets for the SP section anyway, behind the goal on the 2nd tier. It´s a 100,000 all-seater stadium but there was absolutely no sitting-down. The football was mediocre with SP running out 4-2 winners but the real action was in the stands! It was nearly 2 hours of all-singing, all-dancing entertainment! Not a prawn sandwich to be seen! U2 are playing here in a few weeks and I wish we were around for that but can´t be everywhere - we´re due in Salvador for the Carnval so must get moving!
Tschau for now!