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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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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15 janvier 2011

San Miguel de Allende

The bus to San Miguel is easy to catch and we are ready to face the land of retired ‘gringos’ cause San Miguel has a big colony of Americans who come to retire, live artistry lives or study. We arrive to our hotel, located on top of the hill, in Fuentes and fall under its charm. A terracotta hacienda, full of trees, flowers, fish ponds and what’s more, the hostess is charming and shows us to our beautiful room with a high bronze bed. We leave immediately to visit the city and pass through great art galleries before stopping at the... [Lire la suite]
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13 janvier 2011

Mummies of Guanajuato

Part of the Guanajuato experience was ruined by our choice of the hotel. But let’s be frank, the city is deservedly beautiful and merits more of our attention. We are leaving today for San Miguel de Allende but there are still things to see, not of the least impressive. In 1865 the first mummified body that lay in the Santa Paula Pantheon was extracted, and as the years go by, other bodies are discovered in the same condition due to the characteristics of the soil in which they rested. At present more than one hundred mummies make... [Lire la suite]
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