So, what is up in Mexico City?
A beautiful city for you.
It’s crazy because for the past three months I’ve been living in a small town in Costa Rica, so small that it didn’t even have a traffic light. And now, I’m in Mexico City! And look at this place, it’s also the end of November and because Mexico City is at altitude, it is setteled a couple of thousand feet and it’s colder than anything I’ve felt well since last spring in Canada. So that’s why I’m wearing a long sleeve and jeans for the first time in months.
Well there’s something going on up ahead today. Annuities mexican maybe tell me what that’s about and what the heck is this thing there’s, some crazy stuff going on in the city of Dalian. I just got here but I can already tell it’s give me an everyday adventure in this place , so here we go again.
Seven tacos for ten pesos, that was a nice spicy introduction to my skin color. Street food talk, to find a garbage that’s one thing I also notice it is missing. A lot of newspapers and magazines being sold on the streets like way more than back home. Yeah like as someone who’s just arrived in Mexico City I would say it’s a mix of European style architecture of course the Spanish influence but there’s also that kind of madness that you get an Asian cities, like Seoul or Hong Kong, because there’s just markets and people everywhere have you noticed and poking you around. Literally like shoe cleaners on every block that’s something we don’t have back home, beautiful architecture back in France.
That’s a beautiful one behind you look at this place. Now guys if you’re looking for an informative walking tour you’ve come to the wrong place because I don’t really know what any of these buildings are but I can tell you that the architecture here is incredible. And looking at this place where Canada has nothing like that its incredible. It’s the interesting fact about Mexico City that I heard recently that it has more museums than any major city. We passed so many museums already that i don’t now. It reminds me on Paris.
Also it looks modern, you can see Spiderman oe Frozen Elsa on the streets, lot of big and modern stores and American food resorants. But really interesting is that all streets are flooded by people. You can easily lose your walking partner, so be carefull.
And then the continuation of the tour: a huge and beautiful park, several museums in it – including the world famous National Anthropological Museum – were unfortunately seen only from the outside. There followed a ride through the residential part of the city – Polanco – with extremely luxurious shops of all the leading fashion houses in the world, beautiful residences and embassies, as well as a host of fine restaurants. After this, the return to the center of the city is so different from the calming and green Polancas – above all because of the visible hustle and bustle of every step, a multitude of people, cars and street scenes that clearly said it was part of a city that lives full of rhythms of huge urban jungle.
Otherwise, the closest center of the city is the end of the long Paseo de la Reforma avenue with the most famous monuments of Mexico – a grandiose monument of independence, also known as the Angel of Independence erected in commemoration of the liberation of Spanish domination, Diana Monument, the goddess of hunting, and the modern El Caballito (Konjic) – but also a host of huge ultra-modern business buildings like the Stock Exchange or Torre del Caballito. All this in the best possible way fit into the idea of a land of rich history, but also with the apparently large economic momentum like Mexico today.
But probably the most interesting part of Mexico City is the one that makes up the historic heart of this city and is about one of the largest squares in the world – Market Constitucion, popularly known as Zocalo. The square is really huge in size and in its center there is a pillar with an incredibly large flag of Mexico, perhaps the largest in a large number of huge flags that flock to a lot of places in the city – measuring the size of the flags I say would not be so big anyway it is obvious that Mexicans and you are proud of your country. There are also two architectural symbols in Mexico – the huge Catedral Metropolitana, one of the largest cathedrals in Latin America, built over three centuries and combining several architectural styles, as well as the National Palace, the seat of the President of Mexico, in which the murals were painted by known Diega Rivera and represent the long and rich history of this country – from the time of Acteka through the Spanish conquest, to the Zapata and Benite Juarez. In the immediate vicinity of Zocal is a bit neglected Torre Latinoamerican – a 44-story cloud-skyscraper built back in 1956 – the first cloud of the Latin America, which survived all of this here, quite often earthquakes, and whose top gives a fantastic view of the city whose dimensions are only from here to look at the right. This is also a part of the city where there are many buildings of typical Spanish colonial architecture, so characteristic of this part of the world.
A part of the city that can also be impressed is Coyoacan, a former village at 10 miles from the center that today with the spread of Mexico City has become part of the very core of the city. In this village, otherwise, in the last century, Frida Khalo and Leo Trotsky lived, who was also killed. The Fride Kahlo Museum is particularly attractive because it contains a lot of works by a famous painter and objects from her everyday and such a special life. In that otherwise very quiet part of the city where there are no tall buildings and which preserved the authenticity of the former village, the most interesting part of me was still a part called San Angel. Saturday there is a large open-air art market offering pictures, masks, ornaments, silver and piles of other things, and an impressive number of restaurants around provides an opportunity to drink a drink and enjoy the word of people who promote watching things exhibited by the shops and pavements.
Mexico City, of course, has a lot to offer and these few speedy places are just part of what is worth seeing in this huge and so interesting city, but also in its surroundings. Like the unavoidable and world-famous Pyramid of the Sun and Moon in Teotihuacan, which should not be missed. Or a few big markets, because Mexico is also a soft buyer of everything and everything. Then the popular Venice City of Mexico City in Xochimilco where Mexicans are going to relax by riding in great colorful boats. And much more – the list might really be impressive.
The four days of my staying there, have gone from here to the moment in a wonderful combination of city enjoyment, people, architecture with characteristic colors, mild climate and generally an atmosphere different from what Europe has to offer. But this is also the enthusiasm of Latin America whose charm is so hard to resist and which is worth always returning again.
I will visit it again for sure!