15 août 2011

Getting there

  Afternoon flights are one of the greatest inventions. You spent a few hours at the office thinking about the trip ahead and how someone else will have to worry when receiving the ‘out of office’ reply… The plane to Kuwait is almost empty and we can lie down and relax. We now know you should do that before arriving in the developing world’s worst airport. It is dirty, ugly, with no place to change the babies, or other facilities. Even worse, we have plenty of time to kill (5 hours) and may well get killed by the little... [Lire la suite]
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15 février 2011

Bosque de Chapultepec and the Museum

  The Museo de Antropologia is perhaps one of the best in South America and arguably in the world. We spend the morning hours going from one exhibit to another but it is impossible to give all of them the importance they deserve. It would take days. On our way out, we sit around and wait for an amazing dance ritual in front of the museum: an Aztec dance, very brave guys perform while throwing themselves from a tower holding a thread between their legs… quite complicated to imagine. A stroll in the park of Chapultepec and... [Lire la suite]
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12 février 2011

Frida and Diego

  Coyoacan is not as close as we thought. Completely different from where we have been so far in Mexico. Its green pleasant streets and nice plazas put you at ease. The Museo de la Casa Azul is our main destination. It is cosy and has a homey feel, but we find it a bit disappointing in terms of the importance and number of paintings while a lot of non-important things are on display. Before lunch, we pass by the notorious Mercado de Artesanias la Ciudadela: a maze of shops selling tutti quanti from all over Mexico where we pick... [Lire la suite]
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08 février 2011

Centro historico

  Riviera's amazing murals The Palazio de Gobernio is a must to learn about history and a chance to visit Rivera’s murals. After a long queue, we are greeted by an impressive introductory video on the building of a nation. 3D, sound technology and all the Tokyo-like add-ons make for a sophisticated museum entrance. The Palacio has over 500 rooms including the president’s office which we tour. Diego Riviera’s murals are everywhere. We take a French speaking lady for a guide, which proves very instructive and enjoyable about... [Lire la suite]
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02 février 2011

Mexico city - First encounter with the not so bustling city

We do not want to start with hardcore busy Mexico and choose the more fashionable areas of Roma and Zona Rosa. We spend easily three hours walking street by street looking for the so-called hype stores, galleries and fashion but find very, very little; that adds to inaction on the streets. After a break, we also go to Condesa to find the same dead streets, except a few nice restaurants, but definitely not what we expected as opposed to the stylish and trendy reputation the neighborhood has earned. Ok maybe at night then… At night,... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2011

Patzcuaro

Initially we wanted to stay in Patzcuaro instead of Morelia. The long route there as well as the raving reviews about Morelia dissuaded us and we chose Morelia instead. But still, we have plenty of time and we are not in a hurry to arrive in Mexico. We depart early to Patzcuaro and are pleasantly surprised with the different architecture and colors. Tiled roofs ornate white and dark red walls where all signs are written in red and black.  The streets resemble somehow to some parts of Nepal. We arrive to the main plaza and... [Lire la suite]
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27 janvier 2011

Morelia - city of sweets

  We start the day with breakfast, view on the cathedral. We take a stroll in the city that takes us from one church to another, from a nice little plaza with beautiful fountain to the aqueduct, Morelia’s pride with 253 arches. We pass through many, the museum of contemporary art, before stopping at the exconvento de Guadalupe that has a beautiful, very different colorful interior with intricate designs. At a nice little plaza we stop for delicious coffees before revisiting the Mercado de Dulces where we buy some strange... [Lire la suite]
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24 janvier 2011

Reaching Morelia

Though we left San Miguel early in the day, the connections to Morelia prove time-consuming and we don’t get there until late afternoon. Nevertheless, check in at the hotel is smooth and what’s more, it is just in front of the cathedral with the main square as lively as it gets. We take a stroll through the Mercado de Dulces where we sample the best sweets Morelia has to offer, before taking a pause in the main plaza. In front of the cathedral, crowds have assembled, some in front of clowns' show, others looking at the small... [Lire la suite]
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21 janvier 2011

Lazy day

      Today it is Jeremie’s turn to get sick, but really sick. He gets some rest but finally makes it out of the room around 1pm. We go straight to the Instituto Allende to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere and the painted walls. Then we have lunch a very casual but very tasty Jamaican restaurant complete with Bob Marley and the flag of Zion on the walls. We are not far from the center and we visit the Instituto Bellas Artes on the way before heading back home to relax and play with Noemie.   Tips: A... [Lire la suite]
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18 janvier 2011

Wandering around in San Miguel

  Yes, it’s a cliché. Almost everyone passes here in a journey to Mexico. We came here hesitant. Why? Because we wanted to see real Mexico, not retired Americans, burger joints and made up things. Nothing as such here: beautiful colonial mansions with nice facades can be found on all corners of the narrow and steep alleys. We peep through some of them which have converted to restaurants, hotels or art galleries. We do not leave our room until mid-day as the tequila and wine had some after effects... Passing through the huge... [Lire la suite]
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