We leave the museum and head towards the downtown area. I gave a brief history of Goiania in my post yesterday, so today I will try and focus on the present. I am truly amazed at all the green space in the city. Goiania has the largest green area per inhabitant of any city in Brazil and in the world rankings bows only to Edmonton, Canada. It is easy to see why they hold this ranking when you are walking or driving around the city. Most of the streets and avenues have mediums down the middle.
each direction. At the end of the street is an art deco structure that looks similar to a band shelter in small town U.S. The structure used to host concerts, demonstrations, and celebrations just to name a few events. White with baby blue trim, it anchors the street and provides a great resting point for weary pedestrians these days. We continue our travels down the center of the street toward the clock tower. (OK we are on the mosaic side walk which frames the grassy island and not down the actual street as I have shared earlier, Brazil is not pedestrian friendly so you never want to walk on the street) The old tower is art deco as well and surrounded by a fountain on each side. You don’t have to worry about someone asking you for the time in order to sneak something from your pockets in this downtown area. The island is lush with green grass, palm trees, bushes, and flowers. A scattering of English street lamps provide a nice metropolitan accent. Every so often there is a bench for resting one’s feet and doing a little people watching. We make it half way down the street and lunch calls so we stop at a local restaurant for a quick bite. The buffet looks good, but just a little warning for my friends in the United States who travel here, it’s not all you can eat as you pay per kilogram. I choose my foods wisely and add a few unknown items to try. It is all delicious and we finish lunch and are energized and ready to walk some more.
We continue to browse in some of the little shops that line the streets. There windows are all crying out for us to come in and buy...buy...buy. We end up in a couple because I am curious of what they have to sell, but it's pretty much like stores in the U.S. (not like the one day a week markets that have a wide variety of home made and grown items) We walk through a part of town that I call “Little Brazil” (no one else calls it this) as it is tight quarters and jammed packed with things being sold. It reminds me of China Town in San Francisco or New York. It is loud and there is not much air movement, as merchandise is stacked from floor to ceiling. Many of the items are knock offs like those found in China Town as well.
and artifacts they have displayed and by this time we are ready for a coffee break. We head out to find a the famous pao de queijo café: Biscoios Pereira. After a little misdirection, we come across the café and order the pao de queijo. It come warm and ready to eat. We are not sure why the restaurant is known but soon we notice a newspaper article on the wall. It is of a man on an evening talk show of some sort. I recognize the man behind the counter and after a few
words with Luiz he decides he is going to show off a bit. He performs the tricks he did for the talk show and is happy to share the experience. We thank him for the show, leave him a little tip, and off we head to rescue our car from the shade by the park. It has been another great day exploring Goiania. (Go to "Are you ready for some Futebol")
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