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Published: August 4th 2023
We are still a bit jet lagged and hopefully this will be the last day so up at the crack of dawn again. We still have another day for the Hop on Hop off bus so decide this time to take it to the Museo National de Anthropologia which one of the guides who wanted to take us around said if you do not go there then it would be like going to Paris and not going to the Louvre.
So down to the bus stop nice and early but this time when the bus comes it is nearly full which is amazing as we were there the same time the day before and had the bus to ourselves. The traffic in Mexico City is horrendous and it literally takes you practically an hour to travel a couple of miles and on this bus, which has plastic seats, it is not good for an old rear end.
Anyway before we arrived at the museum I had done a bit of research and it said there were tours every hour but did not say these were only in Spanish so we were stuck with a guide book and a download
Wire we had to duck under
Mind your head not mind the gap
which was not really helpful and also a lot of the exhibits information was in Spanish - mind you I am in Mexico so what do I expect, everything to be also translated in English!! - that is typical of English people if honest.
As soon as you get into the courtyard of the museum there is a giant column fountain and it is known as el paraguas (the umbrella) which is spectacular. The first few halls are introductions to anthropology and if totally honest were quite interesting. Then we went into other halls but the most interesting hall is devoted entirely to Mexica aka Aztec. Here is where you see the famous sun stone which was unearthed in Mexico city in the Zocola area and some other Aztec artefacts. We decide to go for a walk into the park across the road and get a bite to eat - not a good idea on reflection. I ordered a sangria (a non alcoholic one) well I have never seen as many e-numbers in one drink in all my life and the colour was a vivid orange and when I say vivid I mean VIVID. I could only take one
mouthful as there was so much sugar I was already on a high.
So back on the bus as I wanted to go to Plaza Garibaldi so we had to get to a stop that let us change - after 1hr 3/4 and having to duck to miss the wires we just got off and decided that no way could we change and get another bus as we were tired and my rear end could not stand it any longer. So we walked back to the hotel. On the way back there was a military parade which was quite nice but if totally honest there are a lot of police and military pounding the streets.
Once at the hotel I am looking how to get to Plaza Garibaldi and google maps says it takes longer in a car than walking so we will be walking to it and then hopefully onto Cathedral Metropolitana tomorrow.
Mind you lonely planet says you should see Plaza Garibaldi but then in the blurb it says it is notoriously seedy and continues to have heightened security so I think we will have to be a little careful here - but
Right outside hotel
hey ho tomorrow we are going to see a Lucha Libra show which is masked heroes in wrestling bouts and meeting a guide in a tapas bar somewhere in the city so watch out for tomorrows blog.
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