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Anita, Raquel and me were at home, discouraged. Outside, the rainy day. We decided to go to Catavento Cultural, an interactive museum very interesting! Lots of funny activities about Science. We went in the middle of the afternoon, and there was so much to see that we couldn’t enjoy everything. We loved it! We’ll come back another day to complete the visit.
São Paulo offers many surprises! One must only have “eyes to see”. Even in midweek, you can come across music and art in the subway. It happened to me!
This week, in Anhangabaú station, the musical group Chorando na Labuta brightened the morning with this traditional musical genre called “chorinho”. The music of Ernesto Nazareth, Pixinguinha and other masters echoed beautifully through the halls.
In Sé station, the passengers themselves gave the show. As in other subway stations of the city, there is a piano available to those who want to play — it’s the Piano Project in Subway.
In the subway you can also enjoy exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography. Some works are itinerant, others are permanent, as the panel São Paulo viva (São Paulo alive), by Isabelle Tuchband, Verena Matzen and Paula Pedrosa, installed at Santa Cruz station.
You should also enjoy the cultural attractions nearby subway stations.
Cultural activities Information about cultural activities nearby subway stations is available here.
Artworks For a guide of the artworks inside subway stations click here.
Saturday morning I went out for a downtown walking tour with the group São Paulo Antiga. Despite the cold weather, the group of 33 people was very excited and interested in the explanations of the guide Cacau (Katia Nicolav) and the historian Paulo Rezzutti. The theme was “The old São Paulo of Marquesa de Santos”.
We left Praça do Patriarca and walked through the center, covering the places that were part of the history of Domitilla de Castro Canto e Melo. Occasionally, a quick stop to hear the stories told by Paul or Cacau with humor and excitement.
On the way, we discovered that we knew almost nothing about the famous Pedro I’s lover. Then we learned about her connection with the students of the Faculdade de Direito do Largo São Francisco, her devotion to the Ordem Terceira, her important role in São Paulo society, the crisis that led her husband Felicio to stab her, the 14 children she generated … And always with the backdrop of the nineteenth century described by the guides and illustrated with old photos of the city.
In the middle of the morning we stopped in Santa Tereza traditional bakery for a coffee and use of toilets. Before proceeding, books raffle!
Shortly before 12 o’clock we arrived at the palace where Domitila lived from 1834 to 1867, at Roberto Simonsen Street, beautifully restored and full of documents and historical objects.
The tour is a new option for tourism in São Paulo. It has just begun and has already a waiting line for the next tour. There are two other routes: “In the days of the coffee barons” and “The story of São Paulo in the Cemetery of Consolation.” A great program!
How about joining a night walking tour in São Paulo? The event takes place every Thursday and is free.
No need to register. Just be at 8 p. m in front of Municipal Theater – where also the tour ends.
The tour takes about two hours, going through various sites and historic buildings. Each week the tour has a different theme. During the walking, experts give information on various aspects of the city.
The program is an initiative of the organization Ação Local de Barão de Itapetininga, which participates in the recovering movement for the center of São Paulo promoted by Associação Viva O Centro.
Meeting point Theatro Municipal, staircases. Praça Ramos de Azevedo, Center.