|Monument to Independence|
|Fuente de Tlaloc - with ADO Turibuses|
|Monument to the Revolution|
There are two easy rules for using the Turibus system: Rule #1 don’t stand up on the open-air level as countless low hanging electrical wires will try to decapitate you. Rule #2 at nine in the evening the buses stop operating, no matter where they are in the circular route, and the passengers must disembark. Get off. Shoo! Go away.
As it turned out we enjoyed this method of getting around so much we used the Turibuses two days out of the three, returning to our hotel just before the witching hour of nine at night. One of our first stops included the newly completed Soumaya Museum featuring the largest private collection of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s work.
Costing more than seventy million dollars to complete in 2011 it is a stunningly beautiful cloud-shaped structure. Or perhaps it resembles a shiny pliable cube, twisted in the middle. Either way it’s a gorgeous building housing an impressive collection.
|Olmec colossal head|
The following day we walked a short distance from our hotel to the Museum of Anthropology located in the massive Chapultepec Park. Built in 1964, the museum houses hundreds of thousands of items depicting the many indigenous cultures that make up the complex fabric of Mexico.
My favourite exhibit was the Olmec colossal heads - dug up in the Veracruz area of Mexico. The heads date from 1500 to 400 BC. (Or BCE if you prefer). They weigh between six and fifty tons, and stand between five and eleven feet tall. Impressive!
I must confess. I enjoy museums – a lot. But, after two hours my brain hurt from visual overload. We exited the museum and headed to the Turibus stop just a few feet away.
|Lunch at Monte's Bistro in Condessa colonia|
Another beautiful fountain, in a city with thousands of fountains, this one is the exact replica of the original located in Madrid Spain. Surrounding the park were numerous Jacaranda trees, at the peak of their blooming season as purple trumpet-shaped flowers clotted their winter-nude branches. A few stray blossoms had begun to fall, drifting towards death.
|Fountain of Cibeles|
The variety of architecture in the city is amazing – showcasing styles from the 16th century Spanish colonial National Palace, to the ultra-modern Soumaya Museum.
|Time Out !!|
People-watching is one of our favourite pastimes. In Mexico City the residents wear a wide range of conservative business attire. A few wear casual western jeans, checkered shirts and polished leather boots, and others are dressed in colourful traditional clothing from the various segments of the country.
The range of jazzy footwear for the women made me jealous; stiletto heels trimmed with babbles, glitter or fur, in a rainbow of colours versus my serviceable sandals.
But it sped past quickly, and we were left with the certainty that we had missed many interesting sights in this huge and culturally diverse city.
|Young photographer taking picture of her parents|
Another time. Another adventure.
Lynda and Lawrie