It is May 1st, and I am sitting here wondering how I got over 1 week behind in posting pictures. There are many excuses. Our friends, Dov and Beth Koren kept us very busy. We have had bike issues over the last two weeks. And after 3 months on the road, we have things to care for, just like you do when you are not traveling (bills to pay, clothes to clean, maintenance to do, reading to prepare for the next section of the trip and etc., etc., etc).
Fortunately, Dov has offered Sandy and I the use of their beautiful beach house in Juquehy, Brazil, where Sandy and I are taking a vacation from our adventure. It is an opportunity to reflect on how lucky we have been to see all the sights we have seen during the last few years. And the friends we have made during this adventure have really added to the journey. It is difficult to meet and establish "New Friends" on a 2 or 3 week "trip", but on a journey like this, where you are not in a rush to get anywhere, it is much easier to spend time with people. We are so lucky!
We have now covered nearly every mile of coast line on the western side of North and South America. And now we are crawling up the eastern side of the Americas.
Well...... to continue.
On Monday, the 23rd of April, Dov took us on a tour of the older downtown area of Sao Paulo. He took us to Shopping Light, the Mappin Building, Theatro Municipal and then to the top of the 37 floor Banespa building, with it's incredible views! We took many "Then and Now" photos of downtown Sao Paulo which I will save and post at a later date.
Dov and Sandy, keeping an eye on me while I took many "Then and Now" photos, which I will post during our vacation in Dov's beach house.
Sandy - I said "Cheese!
To take one of the "Then and Now's" photos, we were on the top of a building, where you get real close to all the helicopters of Sao Paulo!
The Theatro Municipal, from a roof top! I almost did not take this picture, or notice this building as I was focused on a "Then and Now", in the other direction!
Helicopters are a constant sight in Sao Paulo.
Today we spent many hours on the roof tops of tall buildings. If pictures of buildings bore you, you may want to scroll on down to the next page! The next few pictures are from the top of the 37 story Banespa Building. Near the center of this pictures is the Cathedral of Sao Paulo.
This is the same Cathedral, but the pictures is taken from 41 stories up in the Circolo Italiano building.
Sao Paulo is NOT like any other "Large City". It is one of the largest cities in the world!
Dov and Sandy, in Anhangabau Park. The Banespa and Martinelli buildings are in the background.
For lunch Dov suggested that Sandy and I have lunch at the top of the Circolo Italiano Building, which is 41 floors tall. Having lunch in the restaurant is the only way to visit the top of the building. They will not allow you in "just to take pictures"! So "I Bellied Up" to get pictures!
View from our table!
On Tuesday, the 24th, we visited Dov Koren, in his home, and took pictures of the city, helicopters and airplanes. They gave Sandy a gift.... a neat cover for water jars, which she had adored a few evenings ago. The ridge line of buildings in the far background is Paulista Avenue, the business area of Sao Paulo.
Later Dov took us to his other home which was located near the Radisson Hotel, where Sandy and I where staying. This is a very affluent area, circled by high rise buildings. Sandy and I had spent hours riding slowly through this area.
The institute was started by Vital Brazil, in 1900, when there was a terrible Bubonic Plague outbreak in Santos, Brazil. I did not point out the snake skin to Sandy, before I asked her to "Stand Here" for a picture!
Butantan has one of the largest collections of snakes in the world... Some pictures....
I am always surprised at all the places Teddy Roosevelt has visited. Is there ANY place that Teddy did not visit?
We learned in Panama, that he was the first president to leave the United States during a Presidency, when he visited the Panama Canal during it's construction.
After he was President, he was a member of an expedition into the Amazon Basin of Brazil.
He has also been to the Butantan Institute!
It is the morning of the 25th, and our visit to Sao Paulo is winding down and it was time to leave the comforts (and cost) of the Radisson Hotel. I go to the underground parking area to load the motorcycle and find the new tire was "flat".
On the way to Santos, we got off the highway, and had a problem getting back on the highway. Here is a picture, under the highway, of the 2 policeman, which were sitting in a car, under the bridge. They look friendly here! When we approached them, they pulled their guns!. There have been many recent incidents of "Bad Guys" on motorcycles shooting policeman from motorcycles! Sao Paulo has been the first city we have visited where nearly EVERY cop wears a bullet proof vest. It took only 30 seconds for their faces to go from VERY stern to "sincere smiles"!
After they realized we were harmless, their typical Brazilian friendliness was exposed! They actually led us about 4 miles to the on ramp to the highway! Yes... police escort with rotating red lights!
Typical Sao Paulo neighborhood in the industrial areas.
Brazil's elevation "Climbs" as you approach the coast, then it drops nearly 3,000 feet immediately before you reach the coastline. This was a major obstacle, when the Brazilians were trying to get their coffee to the sea for shipping. Just a few miles from where this picture was taken, is the famous railroad which hauled coffee from Sao Paulo to Santos for shipping. This is the highway down to the coast.
Outskirts of Santos. Some areas are very poor.
We had suggestions to stay in the city of Guaruja, on the island of Guaruja. This is the coastline of the city of Guaruja. Very nice! Maybe next time we will get to eat at Rufino's Seafood Restaurant!
The bad news was the battery cost $175.00! The good news is they had the battery! The BMW dealer in Sao Paulo wanted $450.00 for the same battery from BMW. Yes.... these prices are in Dollars, not Brazilian Reals!
That's it through the 25th of April, 2007.
Well, please continue.... We had guns drawn by police officers' on this page.
On the next page we had guns involved in our travels again. But not in the hands of police!
"Don't wake me -- I am enjoying this dream"
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