Where I get to see the real Avenida Paulista

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , São Paulo,
Saturday, September 12, 2009

After six weeks in São Carlos it was time to hit the road again.  The flight to Buenos Aires was out of Guarulhos so why not take a quick look round the Southern Hemisphere's most populous city (and of course see the real Avenida Paulista).  Here's a pic taken from my lodgings on the first evening in town.
MASP (São Paulo Museum of Art) is certainly worth a visit although of course photography inside is strictly verboten.    

The following day I headed out on patrol.  Unfortunately the blue sky of the day before had disappeared but at least the rain flushes out the budget umbrella salesmen.  I emerged from the Metro at Republica.

I set out on foot for the Cathedral, hoping that it was equipped with a lightning conductor capable of handling a high amperage...

Here are some shots of the cathedral.  I always feel like such a heathen when visiting cathedrals...

Outside the Cathedral I was reminded of first line of The Atheist's Prayer (Lord, delivereth me from the attentions of your over-zealous servants) and wondered if the bishop in the stature was getting a prostate exam.  On second thoughts perhaps I should have dropped into that confessional for thinking all these unholy thoughts.  Excommunication isn't as quite as scary as it used to be but I reckon that an auto da fé would still be pretty unpleasant. 

The São Paulo Metro is clean, efficient and inexpensive and in contrast with the London Underground I was not accosted by any beggars.  Here are some pics taken on the way back. 
São Paulo has some attractive modern buildings.  Although these are not to everybody's taste I rather liked them. Unfortunately the sun from the previous day (when I was indoors at MASP) had completely disappeared. 




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