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Published: January 6th 2019
Today it was to be a day to walk around and look at stuff . Given that it is the weekend the zoccolo and the streets were full of people. Vendors of all kinds , musicians , magicians , various indigenous groups drumming, dancing and smudging . There were also tarot card readers that all seemed to take seriously . There are 4 young Swedish boys here who seem quite overwhelm by it all . They have chosen to hang out on the 5 floor terrace away from the crowds . I do think it is culture shock .
I went looking for and found a museum I had seen last time I was here . It is a government museum of art and It holds pieces that artists have given in lieu of taxes . The act to establish it was passed in 1936 or something but it wasn't really acted on until the late 60s 70s . A good idea for all concerned . Government , artists and purveyors of art . It also has an archeological site that was revealed during the last earthquake . The city truly does have buried secrets.
I had forgotten about the glassed over "pits" in front of the cathedral. Not sure what that is about but will have to check it on line. I would say they are at least 6 feet deep and have some pretty lush greenery growing .
I continued walking up Modena a bit until the press of people was too much , took a side street and discovered a new (to me ) museum . Another exconvento which really does show its age . It was dedicated to sound ! Musical instruments , music boxes , digital music ...There were so many nooks and crannies it would have been impossible to explore them all . It was a HUGE place and not even marked on the maps I have been using .
Back on Modena , again in the midst of crowds. , so continued until art I ing at the Mexica Museum of Culture . Impressive ! It began with/in Mesopotamia and progressed through the Greeks , Romans ...Some of the statuary was as fine as I have seen anywhere. There were additional rooms and areas dedicated to Egypt , Korea , Persia ,Japan and Antolia . Then there were rooms with exhibits of the natural history o f Mexico , how death is celebrated/marked in different parts of the world . Finally an exhibit on the night life in Mexico City in the 20s and30s.
Meanwhile in the courtyard the 3 kings were greeting children as it is the weekend of the Epiphany.
Needless to say it was a full day .
I think I shall end here . Today I shall continue to walk and gawk then organize and pack as I fly to PV tomorrow. Not sure what has happened with blog notices . They do not seem to be publishing . If you receive this one you can always tap the arrows for previous or next to catch up . I did not blog at the beach so there are only a few entries.
Be well !
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