Parque Trianon
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Fine (Public) Fixtures
Many things surprised me about São Paulo, Brasil: The city was much larger than I imagined it to be - ranked in the top five largest metropolitan areas in the world; disparity between the rich and the poor could be seen within the same city block - shanties slapped together next to skyscrapers with helo pads; and environmental efforts appeared to trump those that I have seen in North America. On one of my many strolls down Avenida Paulista, I wandered through the Parque Trianon that sits on a small patch of land across the street from the wildly unique architectural structure of the Museum of Art. A small yellow cottage among the trees that reminded me a bit of Hansel and Gretel's fairytale actually housed the public toilets in the park. Making use of the facility, I was fascinated to find that the interior was clean and decorated with fixtures that seemed to belong in a museum and not the public park. I left quite refreshed and glad I made use of the toilets in Parque Trianon. This remains one of the finer public loos I have encountered in my travels.
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