Bela Vista

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  • Day3

    Cold and cloudy but a fun day

    September 4, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Katy arrived this morning, just as we were going into a late breakfast. Once she was all settled, we headed out to walk for several hours, back to our old apartment. This time the “zelador” (caretaker) was there and let us in to walk around a bit. From there, through the fancy neighborhood called the Jardins (gardens). The biggest difference I noticed from 30 years ago was that all the jagged glass that used to be on the top of the 20’ walls had been replaced with electronic alarm systems. A slightly better aesthetic. On the way to the lunch place, we got within a few feet of a Lamborghini, the closest I will probably ever get, even though there was bullet-proof glass between us.

    We met one of Joe’s old Brazilianist friends for a big and long lunch. After that, an Uber to the Pinacoteca, the state museum of Brazilian art. Though I had only heard of one of the painters, Tarsila do Amaral, I saw a lot of works I liked very much.

    We ended the day with dinner at Arabia, one of three or four of the top Lebanese restaurants in Sao Paulo. Absolutely delicious.

    It’s good having Katy along, because not only does she choose all the food, she also is our trip planner. So I can just go to sleep and forget about looking at the guidebook.
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    Mark Reynolds

    It’s so great that Katy joined you!

  • Day5

    USP and MASP (oospee and maspee)

    September 6, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today was the trip to the university. That’s where Katy’s school, Joe’s department, and my institute was. We made it to the first two (my choice).

    After all the visits we headed to the main art museum. Paintings are displayed in rows of “glass easels.” Kind of disconcerting at first because all the info about the painting is stuck on the back of it. Goya, Velazquez , Bosch, and Van Gogh were just some of the many masters displayed.

    Since last night we had a pizza that we could never hope to beat (unless it were S-I-L Ben’s) at a really lovely restaurant named Veridiana (think Buñuel), we are going to scout for something different tonight.
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    You and your daughter Kathy look so alike.

    Lee Tolman

    What a trip down memory lane!

  • Day4

    All over town

    September 5, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Another cloudy drizzly day. We decided to go to the Oscar Americano Foundation, the estate of a business magnate who donated his modernist home to the city for preservation as a garden and museum. We had been there years ago when my mom visited us in Sao Paulo. I remember an elaborate British tea, which we didn’t have today because we had our eyes set on a traditional Sao Paulo “lanchonete.”

    After a couple of hours walking around the garden and museum, we did stop in the café for some pao de queijo. If you’ve never had it, you are missing out!

    Our trip to the lanchonete took us to a burger joint, so we opted for the Dib Lebanese restaurant next door. Delicious, once again.

    Final stop of the day, the Afro-Brazilian museum, a slightly confusing collection but lots of really intresting historical and artistic material.

    Dinner is likely to be pizza, maybe back to our neighborhood and the now very trendy Pizzaria Margherita.
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  • Day6

    Parks and Markets

    September 7, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Well, last night someone came up to me in a restaurant and asked if he could take a picture with me. He thought I was the Brazilian women’s soccer team coach. My kids think we are dopplegangers, I think it’s just two old ladies with white hair.

    We spent a lot of the day in Ibirapuera Park, just walking and watching all the people. It’s huge and on weekends just busting with all kinds of people. A few minutes in the Modern Art Museum, and then off to a food/antiques/crafts market. And since the big Avenida Paulista (two blocks from our hotel) was closed to car traffic all day, Katy and I spent a couple more hours walking up and down.

    Our last Sao Paulo meal together is tonight, and then Joe and I head alone to Rio in the morning. I am going to really miss having Katy with us, we have had such a great time.
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  • Day2

    Back in Sao Paulo

    September 3, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Our flight was 90 minutes late, which was actually not such a bad thing, since we could sleep a little more than if we had left at 7. There is a new spiffy and very large international terminal at the Sao Paulo airport, but it only took us about a half hour to get off the plane, through customs and to the taxi stand. Then it was another 90 minutes to cover the 15 miles to our hotel. Traffic here is what you would expect in a city of 18 million!

    After the necessary trip to the elliptical, we went out walking around towards our old neighborhood. Joe may not be very good with directions, but he can find a book store he hasn’t been in in 30 years. Our visit there got prolonged by the heavy downpours, which also was the reason for a long stop in Starbucks! By early evening, the rain was no longer torrential, but the streets were like rivers. We navigated back to our old neighborhood and saw that the very same swing our 4 year old David fell off was still there! Not a terribly happy memory, since it caused a slight skull fracture, days in the hospital, and lots of anxiety, but I was surprised it hadn’t moved an inch or changed color.

    We ended the day with a dinner at an old neighborhood favorite, Losteria do Piero, and well, let’s just say the memories should have been left untouched. Not a bad meal by any means, but the agriao (water cress) salad had fallen many notches. The pasta was still good, but I had been dreaming about that agriao salad!
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    Laurie Reynolds

    Our hotel elevator doesn’t inspire confidence

    Laurie Reynolds

    Quixote, Sancho Panza and Rocinante all made of recycled junk.

  • Day60

    São Paulo

    February 28, 2020 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Time to relax.

    I spent 4 nights in this huge Metropolis. There are nearly twenty million people living in metropolitan area. You could walk around the city for weeks and come nowhere near seeing all of it.

    In my case, I didn’t walk at all. I spent most of the days post processing my photos. Lucky me it was rainy from morning till night, so I could really focus on my thing. 🙃

    After three days my body was fully recovered from all those crazy days in Rio. Therefore I decided at least to visit one single point of interest in the City. I’ve made my way through some neighborhoods and went to Beco do Batman.

    Among all my days I talked with a hostel staff member about eh... about everything, the whole world. He could recommend me so many nice places in Brazil. After I left São Paulo I was fed with information for a 4 months trip through the country.

    P.S. One of the highlights here was to sneak into a construction site and climb up a building (staircase) to its 25th floor where you could see the whole mega City with a spectacular 360 degree panorama view.
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  • Day2

    Sao Paulo 1. Tag

    December 2, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Bewerbungsgespräche, kennenlernen von einer Klasse, der Sprachschule und im Viertel Paulista

    Ulihike Ulihike

    Fotos leider in der falschen Reihenfolge 🤔 also von hinten anschauen 😁😂


    Danke für deine Bilder berhard

  • Day29

    Belem - Sao Paulo

    October 5, 2009 in Brazil ⋅ 26 °C

    Für mich gings nach 3 Stunden Aufenthalt erst mal weiter nach Sao Paulo, mit Zwischenstopp in Curitiba und in noch so einem Kaff. Das ist wie U-Bahnfahren hier, nur eben fliegen - starten landen, Leute steigen aus, andere ein. Nur gibt es jedes Mal wieder einen Snack, Saft, Cola, Wasser, ...

    Und die Städte sind groß!! Ein Wahnsinn!! Ich habe aber außer Regenwald alles nur Nachts gesehen. Ab 7 ist es ja stockfinster. War trotzdem richtig genial. Wie sich der Mond im Amazonas spiegelt, in der Ferne sieht man ein Gewitter zwischen tief liegenden Wolken und dann das Lichtermeer, das sich wie ein Teppich über das Land ziegt - fantastisch!! (Natürlich genieße ich alles und denke nicht daran, wieviel Energie dabei verbraucht wird. Das mache ich, wenn ich zurück bin...hehe...) Die Bilder, die ich euch reinstelle stellen natürlich nicht mal 1% von dem dar, was man wirklich sieht, wenn man aus dem Fenster guckt.

    Das Geld hier ist übrigens sehr hübsch, hier zwei Beispiele:

    Jetzt bin ich schon total gespannt auf die Wasserfälle! 1.5 mal so hoch wie die Niagarafälle! Und die waren ja schon so toll!!
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  • Day9

    Sao Paulo por la mañana

    December 20, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Reencuentro y paseo por São Paulo con mi amigo de Corea João!! 21 años mas tarde... 😄🙌 reviviendo una linda época y amistad! gracias por el super tour y la compañía João!!

    Y buses decorados con luces navideñas!! Bello, vean el video! 😄Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Bela Vista, BVI