Blogs from Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 18th 2019

Guest bloggers Catherine and Louise Benjamin Schliemann had put together a rather ambitious touring program of which we almost managed to tick everything off aided by Marco our competent driver First stop barrio of Coyoacán - home to Leon Trotsky, Frieda Kahlo and Cortes. Clashing opinions over the optimal route ensured Wilko with his trusty map and Chris ‘never been here before but know the way’ Never quitefound Cottes house, then came across a very colourful building with hundreds of people waiting around the outside. Much ‘discussion’ as to what it was but the bright cobalt blue colour should have given it away it was Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul ( blue house in Spanish) a must see in Mexico but a 1 1/2 hour ... read more
Beer Me!
Bald Dogs

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 15th 2019

Today we decided to walk up to the Archeological museum, Catherine's sister Louise and her husband Benjamin are arriving from New York. Breakfast was something I can't remember the name of with beans and ham and cheese in a hollowed out bread role with a hot salsa on top. Wilko took over directing with his trusty map and before you knew it we were confronted with an 8 lane expressway with a 6 foot wall that needed to be scaled in the middle. Wilko and I made it across in a daring run leaving the girls on the side of the road. While we waited a Mexican guy came up them and told them it was really dangerous to cross here (no shit Sherlock) and showed them where the crossing was. We were on the perimeter ... read more
Indiana Jones
Chiles de Nogado
Awful Beer

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 14th 2019

Carlos' call woke me this morning, apparently Steve Smith failed to get the 200 runs required. Let us down again. I forgot to mention that Carlos actually has a wife although he never introduced her. She is at Coca Cola, she is Fillipino, but doesn't speak Spanish. I asked her whether the office spoke Spanish and she said "they do now" so I guess she is senior. At breakfast an older American lady sat with us she arrived in a fit of coughing and I told her she'd better not make us sick. She did give us a recommendation for good coffee so at least we were able to cross that one off the list. Today we are driving out to Teotihuacan to look at the Pyramids. Our driver Aryton did the 1.5 hour trip in ... read more
Buying Juice

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 9th 2019

It's a beautiful day in Sydney as we wait for the Wilkinsons to arrive at the airport. Predictably the train from Roseville was running late and Wilko had to wait 10 minutes for the guy beside him to finish his SMH. I believe they are currently just trying to find how to get to the Business check in from the railway station. Becs and I are having a leisurely breakfast and a champagne. The flight was uneventful with a 4 hour break in LA for our flight to Mexico City. AeroMexico Business was surprisingly good, kind of like Emirates but better, the only disappointment being that they didn't serve Mexican food. First impressions of Mexico are very positive. Firstly everyone is very short, including our party (except Wilko) which means I can tower above most of ... read more
Bikini Girls
Dwarf Throwing

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 10th 2019

Frida Kahlo probably is the most internationally recognized Mexican artist, not only because of her unique paintings but also her controversial political and lifestyle. Her home, Casa Azul (Blue House) is the museum about her life. The tickets for Saturday was sold out online so we got to the museum early and stood in line for tickets. Lucky for us we got in. The blue house was where Frida was born and grew up with her family. She contracted polio at age 6 that caused her right leg to be shorter than the left. She was refused by a teacher to participate in school dance due to her uneven legs. This incident impacted Frida’s life and she wore long skirts for most of her life and never considered herself beautiful. Another tragedy struck her when, at ... read more
Frida Kahlo front door
Stand in line to get tickets
Casa Azul garden

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 4th 2019

Little did we know that our timing sucked, it was a public holiday (Constitution Day) which meant not much was open including all the museums! We had three whole days in Mexico City so we didn't really want to waste a day. We started off by walking around the neighborhood we were staying Roma Norte and into La Condesa. Lonely Planet talked up the architecture in the area and named a couple of streets in particular as having nice old buildings but we failed to see it. The best part about the neighborhood is that it is safe and has plenty of nice eateries of which we took advantage of for lunch. We next ventured to the park but found that was locked too, who the hell locks a major park on a public holiday! So ... read more

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 3rd 2019

Last year we spent 5 weeks in Mexico covering nearly all the Yucatan Peninsula and loved it, so we said we would like to return and see more and we have! This time we wanted to come to Mexico City and visit the last of the pyramids on my bucket list - Teotihuacan We originally planned to spend at least a couple of weeks of more here visiting both Mexico City and the Oaxaca province but last minute we decided to take on a house sitting job on the Sunshine Coast in Australia so it left us little short on time. We had 9 days so it was enough to see Mexico City, the pyramids and the UNESCO San Miguel de Allende. We had booked a hostel in Roma Norte a safe and hip neighbourhood next ... read more

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City January 6th 2019

Art, statues, street art and something totally unexpected When we started this blog the main purpose was to get a platform to publish photos. In Mexico I took a lot of pictures of interesting street art. In the previous blogs I could at the most fit in one or two of these photos or else the blogs would have grown too large. I therefore decided to make a separate blog to publish them in. So in this blog entry, while staying true to the original purpose of the blog, I now publish the best of the street art pictures I took. I have also added photos of some statues and photos from two art galleries. The photos of the street art are my favourite. Hope you like them too. Here comes a short description of what ... read more
Bird painted on a wall
Two feet

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 . ... read more

I have not gotten any notifications that my posts are being read although 11 people have read them . Please comment to let me know who is receiving them . Driving here from Morelia was painless . The senior fare for the 4 hours was 250 pesos @17 $ Canadian . It is interesting as the cab fare into the city (which took nearly an hour ) was 160 pesos and the charge for 2 days on the on/off bus today was 230 pesos. Well worth the money . Each of them . It was exciting driving into the city and starting to recognize my surroundings. It is unusual for me to revisit places as there are so many more places to see in this world but they felt like the right thing to do . ... read more

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