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Three Perfect Days: São Paulo

With a population close to 11 million, Brazil's (decidedly non-Rio) urban powerhouse blends the exuberance of South America with the poise and sophistication of old Europe.

Author Stephan Talty Photography Raymond Patrick

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ILLUSTRATIONS PETER JAMESFIELD

NATÁLIA SADI

CONCIERGE

“My favorite place is the Parque do Ibirapuera. Inside, there are four museums you can stroll through. Or you can rent a bike and ride around the beautiful lake. It’s such a peaceful and friendly place.”

PLÍNIO LOIOLA ARRES

CHEF

“A bar called A Lanterna on Rua Fidalga is the best place to hear great Brazilian pop music, which we call ‘MPB.’ If you want to dance, it’s an absolute must.”

ISABELLA DAELLI

PUBLICIST

“On Sundays, I stroll through the Vila Madalena neighborhood. There are great restaurants with outdoor tables where you can sit and talk or just watch the sun set. It’s a beautiful way to spend a warm afternoon.”

Image – Raymond Patrick

GET YOUR KICKS

IN SAMPA, SOCCER IS LIFE, AND LIFE IS GOOD.

Brazil still produces some of the most inventive players on the planet (even if the national team is notorious for choking in the World Cup). The best way to experience the sport in São Paulo is to catch a game at one of the city’s stadiums, like Morumbi or Pacaembu. The latter, built in 1940, also houses an enormous soccer museum under its stands. There you can witness a life-size Pelé charging at you on a giant screen. Just remember he likes to go right.

Image – Raymond Patrick

LIFE’S A PARADE

CARNIVAL NEVER STOPS IN SÃO PAULO

Carnival, which takes place just before Catholic Lent, is an import from Rio, where it began in 1641 as an imitation of Paris’ elaborate balls. All year long in São Paulo, neighborhood escolas de samba (samba schools) work feverishly to come up with the wild costumes and dance steps that culminate in the Sambadrome parade. Beginning in September, the schools practice their routines every week— giving tourists a chance to watch, for a small fee, the beginnings of the joyful madness.



3 Responses to “Three Perfect Days: São Paulo”

  1. Sue Sommer Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    From which store or site may I find out the price and how to purchase the resin necklace pictured on P. 63? It was in the TPD in Sao Paulo. I went to Rua 25 de Marco, but it was a jumble!
    Thanks, Sue Sommer

  2. Sue Sommer Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Where can I find the price or purchase the resin necklace on P. 63 of the Sao Paulo TPD? Thanks, Sue Sommer

  3. zero fernandes Says:
    January 26th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    In Sao Paulo you can find everything you desire at any time, including necklaces resin:

    http://www.tribalartesanato.pt/produtos/Cat_produtos/Bijuteria/colares%20de%20resina%20com%20pedras/colares_resina1.htm

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