segunda-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2014

Saleem in Sampa

The platform of Vila Matilde tube station was our starting point for the journey today. As kids are on holidays now, it was my turn to enjoy the day with Saleem, our guest from Lebanon.We soon arrived at our destination Luz Park. You can get to know it on

Luz Park is not big but it is very beautiful, full of charming spots.

We can see the tower of Luz Station at the background which is just opposite the park.

 The Park is full of sculpture work. The ones bellow were donated by the Lebanese artist  Odette Eid.

One of the reasons for many beautiful art work in the park is Pinacoteca Museum, where we can visit and enjoy really good exhibitions. You can visit the online collection on

Luz train station.

Another place to visit in the neighbourhood is Museu da Língua Portuguesa. It is a museum that tells the story of Portuguese Language.

 Then we caught the train and visited São Bento Monastery.Where Pope Bento XVI decided to stay when he visited São Paulo

Then we turned the second block on the left side of the Monastery and got to Ladeira Porto Geral, close to 25 de Março street, very crowded, a popular commercial spot of the city that attracts people from everywhere.

Santa Claus is greeting indifferent people who are more concerned on their own xmas shopping. People are always in a hurry here.

Our next destination was the Municipal Market, Mercadão do Parque D. Pedro
where we can find food from many parts or the world, a temple of gastronomy. Besides to buy good food, you can enjoy the restaurants and cafes. You'll need a friend to help you with the incredible mortadella sandwiches. Pretty big these ones.

Back to São Bento Monastery before we move on. We joined a group of tourists who were gathered together for a Free Walking Tour through the city. We learned that they have a site and the tours are free of charge, visit their site:

Viaduto Santa Efigênia

Street food for all tastes.

Then we visited the Santa Cyclist at Prefeitura building where the mayor fo the city, Mr. Haddad works.

... and the huge and beautiful map of Brasil inside the building.

We finished our city tour here at Conjunto Nacional building in the company of the holy family. It is a very nice place for its bookshops, cafes, restaurants and cinemas.

Keep checking for news on Teddy Bear Project. Next time,Arzeh and Mahee will have a ladies tour through São Paulo.

quarta-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2014

International Human Rights Day 2014

Anay and Bucky had a very important event to attend today. It was the International Human Rights Day's prize ceremony. Teachers and students from all parts of the city assembled for the ceremony where Frei Betto received the prize himself The prize was designed by the artist Tomie Ohtake

 Anay is looking at Oca which is a place designed to host big exhibitions. It is located at Ibirapuera Park.

Bucky is in front of MAM, Modern Art Museum and we can see the giant spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois at the back, held in a glass room.

Then we finally got to the auditorium

 Autorities took their places and the ceremony began.

 Frei Betto gave a memorable speech on human rights and reminded us all about one of the saddest pages of Brazil's history: the military dictatorship.

Fernando Haddad, mayor of São Paulo and Cesar Calligari, secretary of education listened very attentively to Frei Betto's words.

 The prize was named after his eminence Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns who has always opposed to the military dictatorship and defended human rights

All details of this ceremony can be found on

After that we all gathered together for a cock tail.

The group Pombas Urbanas opened the ceremony with a theatre presentation and delighted us all with their music at the end.


 Well, Teddy Bear project didn't get the prize today, but we loved the works all schools presented and we had a lot of fun. Maybe next year.

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