By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Running along one of São Paulo’s busiest avenues, is the Luz Neighborhood, located in what once was part of the city’s center. Visitors will find a bustling shopping area with stores selling cheap, imported Chinese-made trinkets, as well as historic buildings and a very nice wooded park.

With its imposing architecture, the Pinacoteca do Estado is one of the top tourist attractions in the neighborhood and in the city.

“The museum itself is a work of art,” said Flavia Ribeiro, on a visit to the city . . .

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