Monday, March 28, 2011

Travel News: Mexico City, Mexico

We arrived in Mexico City on March 14, 2011 at around 2pm by the luxury ETN (elite) bus from Quadalajara. We had plenty of time to check into our hotel located in Zona Rosa, get changed and be treated by a friend to a sumptuous South Asian cuisine in one of the only two such restaurants in Mexico City.

Catedral y Sagrario Metropolitano

The next day we took a private tour of the main sights of the city. Our Guide was fluent in English as he uncovered the history of Mexico to us. He did this by taking us to the Palacio Nacional in the heart of Centro Historica in the Zocalo district. One end of this imposing building is where the President of Mexico works from his offices. At the other end was the Nacional Museo; here our Guide explained the revolutionary history of Mexico, all depicted in some stunning murals on the walls of this Museo. From there, we were ushered onto the Plaza la Constitucion to walk into another historic architectural marvel, the Catedral y Sagrario Metropolitano. We were awe struck by the fine sculpting within the building.

Museu Naconal de Anthropologia

We then drove through the massive urban roads to the Museo Nacional de Anthropologia towards the district of Polanco. Once again our Guide focused on the Aztec influence and impact on the Mexico of today. We saw artifacts uncovered from the ruins of the pyramids of the time. Also on display were models of these pyramids and the unique and clever design of these structures. There were other aspects to explore in this Museo. 

Plaza de la Constitucion
Throughout this tour, our Guide would point our areas that we could explore on our own. For the next four days we did just that. We took the Zocalo bus to Centro and witnessed all the happenings at the Plaza de la Constitucion; there were any tents camped out in front of the President's offices with many banners voicing their concerns. We walked along the side streets of this area where we lunched at a Bistro.

The remaining days we walked along the gigantic boulevard, Paseo Reforma towards the Parque Zoologica de Chapultepec; we spent hours there enjoying this beautiful green space with yet some more museos housed in this grand space. On another day we walked to the Monumento a la Revolucion and then carried on along Avenida Juarez to visit the Palacio Bellas Artes......and there was so much more to see and enjoy in Mexico city, including a wide variety of gastronomic delights.

I loved walking along Paseo Reforma where at each intersection there is a large roundabout adorned with a historic monument, while other roundabouts had huge water fountains or a Palmeria. This boulevard is arched with giant trees that included the beautiful flowering Jacaranda trees. I have come away with some awesome memories of Mexico city.

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