We started at the Mercado Municipal, which is a large building that is home to fresh food vendors selling meats, vegetables, many fruits, as well as a few local artistic items. We ate lunch at a place that served traditional Brazilian Pastels. This market was an amazing site, despite the poverty that surrounds this area in the heart of the City, the market is abundant with produce as far as the eye can see.
After leaving the Pateo do Colegio, we headed through a large city plaza to the majestic Catedral de Se (St Peters Cathedral). Walking up through the plaza lined with palm trees was an amazing site. St Peters Cathedral was a very busy place, as it is still an active Cathedral. There were numerous church goers praying and taking a moment to reflect on their days before going about there day. Despite being a spiritual person, I am not a regular church goer, but this place had a strength about it and it was what many of the people, including the hundred or so homeless living outside the Cathedral depended on.
We exited the Cathedral and walked through a small area of fountains and artwork just outside of the plaza which was rather calming. We saw many homeless showering in the fountains and also saw people getting haircuts, playing cards, gambling, as well as many Police. One local man walking from the Cathedral with his daughter even came up to us to draw attention to the fact that the area was not a very safe place for foreigners. He was very sincere and genuine in his gesture which we appreciated. That was our cue to grab the closest taxi as it looked that a storm was coming and it was just before nightfall. After leaving the City Center landmarks, we headed back to the trendy Paulista Avenue and walk back to the Hotel and spotted this street performer. This performance was the cheapest thing in Sao Paulo so far! This proves that Michael Jackson was a global icon.