Since Kent's workshop would end at 11:00, I stayed at the hotel to work on photos.
|Kent & Tamiko on the Novotel Morumbi Hotel terrace (Thanks, Ariane!)|
|Photo to illustrate the steepness of the road at the hotel|
|The smelly Pinheiros River|
Since we were so close to the CPTM station, we decided to take the train north a couple stops and cross back over the river to start our walk. Unfortunately, the "bridge" I was having us cross was actually a tunnel, and we had to walk from the Vila Olimpia station almost to the Cidade Jardim station to find a pedestrian-friendly bridge.
We stood aside to allow some bicyclists to pass and the youngest gave us a thumbs-up. Instead of a wave of thanks, the signal here seems to be a thumbs-up. On the other side of the bridge, the bicyclists had descended a stairway to reach a bike path, and the young man was still giving us a thumbs-up! Although the Pinheiros River is smelly, there are bike paths along both banks.
|Almost every home has a trash holder on the street|
|Bauhinia sp/Orchid Tree flower (KSS)|
|Painted property wall (KSS)|
|Fortified mansion (KSS)|
|Dietes bicolor/Wild Yellow Iris (KSS)|
|Philodendron hederaceum covering the trees and fences|
We continued on to make a detour on Avenida Padre Lebret, which was all downhill! That brought us to the Estádio do Morumbi/Morumbi Stadium, the largest stadium in São Paulo, and the third largest in Brazil. It is home to the São Paulo Futebol Clube/São Paulo Soccer Club, the most successful professional soccer team in Brazil.
|Estádio do Morumbi/Morumbi Stadium (1970)|
We returned slowly back uphill to continue on Avenida Morumbi. We had lost the sun and it was overcast and cool.
|Capela do Morumbi/Morumbi Chapel,|
a colonial-era brick and adobe chapel
Returned to the hotel after stopping at a Shell gas station to buy some drinks. Later we had dinner at the hotel, where the Caesar salad was made with iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, slivers of the local cheese, and croutons.
Next: São Paulo Parque do Ibirapeura.