Sunday, day 134 of my Brazilian immersion experiment, was a doubly Brazilliant day!
First, (as requested by Stephanie ) we went to Bixiga (or Bexiga or Bela Vista depending on how you feel), a neighborhood which was home to a large number of Italian immigrants. Evidence of such remains with a whole heap of Italian restaurants and markets hanging around. It was Mother’s Day, which is a big day for the Italians, so the chances of us getting to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants in the neighborhood without a reservation was pretty much zero.
But we did find a little Italian market with loads of great stuff so we could have our own little Italian dinner at home later that night.
On Sundays, Bixiga also is home to an antiques fair in its square. I’m no antiques dealer, but it seemed to me that the prices in this neighborhood are much more reasonable than the Sunday markets on Paulista Avenue or the MuBE. I felt compelled to pick up a 1965 November edition of the Brazilian Reader’s Digest for one real.
And what’s an Brazilian “antiques” fair without… creepy baby dolls.
And of course, there is always the unofficial street fair on the outskirts.
Next we went to the Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.
My first cultural attraction experience in Sao Paulo was really the aquarium (“South America’s Largest Aquarium!), which I thought was totally crap in addition to being quite strange (see AquariScari). I assumed that there was a lack of private and public funding for museums and such. But since then, we’ve been to quite a number of places that are truly amazing. The Museu da Linga Portuguesa is another example of a top notch cultural attraction.
Upon arrival, you view a 10 minute movie about the history of language in the auditorium. Then, the screen opens up and you enter an exhibit area with a multi-media presentation on the Portuguese language. It is really incredible.
The two other floors hold interactive exhibits, such as a series of computers set up so you can trace the origin of Brazilian Portuguese words, as well as displays that detail the history of the Portuguese language across time. Plus just a lot of interesting language-themed artwork.
A very cool museum to visit. I would highly recommend.
The museum is inside Luz Station (in itself an interesting place to visit). It is R$6 to get in, but is free on Saturdays.
Praça da Luz, s/nº
Centro – São Paulo – SP