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  • Day9

    Birdseye view of the town

    December 23, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    It was hard to wake up after a broken night’s sleep- a bit of jetlag and everyone coming down with a cold..

    The breakfast room is absolutely charming- on the 6th floor of the hotel overlooking the Plaza. The sky was blue and the sun shining so although the air is super cold it’s a beautiful day.

    Mitch went out on an adventurous limb and had corn in his omelette - which he declared ‘alright’.

    And then it was onto the hop-on-hop-off bus to tour the entire city and understand the layout. We are staying in the charming old section of the city, and the kids were very surprised to see the wide - and very clean avenues lined with modern office towers. They were not too inclined to dismount because even the very fashionable area of Condesa ‘doesn’t feel very Mexican’. They are looking for authentic.

    Halfway through the bus tour, Mitch fell asleep- struggling with his head cold that was getting progressively worse.

    Once we returned to the hotel, he went straight to sleep.
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  • Day8

    The Lights of Mexico City

    December 22, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    The advantage of an early start in LA is the beautiful sunrise - and we weren’t disappointed. But not too long to linger before heading to LAX and onward to Mexico City.

    The flying time and time change meant we arrived late afternoon and didn’t get to the hotel until late afternoon, only to find there was a problem with our booking. It took the best part of an hour to resolve things - by which time we were all wanting to sleep, but also very hungry- no one has eaten a proper meal so far today.

    The hotel is gorgeous- a beautifully restored building right in the centre of the old city. We were supposed to have shared one room but the mix up meant we now have next door rooms side by side - Mitch and I together and the twins together.

    Alex wasn’t feeling well and decided to stay at the hotel and rest whilst Mitch, Charley and I headed to a local taqueria highly recommended by he hotel. It was so authentic and really atmospheric. Filled with locals, we had to push our way upstairs, we had to push our way upstairs into the low roofed eating space and work out what to order from the Spanish speaking staff.

    Mitch and Charley shared chicken tacos whilst I chose a vegetarian version and smothered it in the large selection of chilli salsas.

    After dinner we went for a walk around the very close y Plaza de la Consituzion - all lit up with Christmas lights. On the way back we stopped at a sweets store and bought a small
    bag of chocolates. A truly great introduction to Mexico.
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  • Day9

    Mexican market

    December 23, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Once Mitch lay down everyone else suddenly needed a rest, so we decided to stay at the hotel for half an hour.

    The girls and I the left Mitch to sleep while we explored the artisanal market. We loved everything we saw - the colours, the clever art, the selection of goods. We bought a few souvenirs and headed back to the hotel as this time it was Charley’s turn to fade.

    Alex and I left Charley to rest with Mitch and we headed out to explore the local streets and get a decision, cinnamon-spiced got chocolate at a nearby cafe.

    Alex was bemoaning the difficulty she is having converting the Mexican peso to the $A (14.2 : 1) .. something Mitch manages to do easily in his head (!).
    Alex; ‘I hope something drastic happens to the peso and it becomes 1-1 while we’re here’.

    And so to dinner - another recommendation by our lovely hotel manager - another authentic Mexican restaurant. Chicken tacos for the second night for Mitch and Charley - a more adventurous plate for Alex and I along with the obligatory guacamole.

    We’ve taken to playing Uno whilst waiting for our meal and it gets quite rowdy sometimes. Alex was the victor both games tonight and while we suspect she cheated, she insists that’s not the case.

    Straight back to the hotel tonight.
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  • Day3

    Templo Mayor, Mexico, Mexique

    May 27, 2017 in Mexico ⋅

    Les Aztèques faisaient des tas de sacrifices humains, le plus souvent de prisonniers. Ils avaient peur que s'ils ne donnaient pas de sang aux dieux, le soleil ne se leve pas le lendemain. Les hommes se saignaient très souvent au niveau des oreilles, de la langue et du pénis et certains guerriers s'auto-sacrifiaient. Dans le musée du Templo Mayor, site aztèque au centre de Mexico, on a vu une statue du dieu des morts qui était en position d'attaque et son foie sortait de ses entrailles. En général, les dieux aztèques sont très effrayants.

    Ce site de Mexico avait été choisi comme le centre du monde quand, comme l'annonçait une prophetie, les Aztèques virent un aigle manger un serpent, posé sur un cactus à cet endroit.

    Olivier
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  • Day8

    Tenochtitlan

    June 2, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    This is the ancient Aztec capital city, built on what was Lake Texcoco, with causeways to the shore. It was built in 1325, and was the capital of the Aztec empire until 1521, when it was captured by the Spanish headed by Hernán Cortéz. They then, as with everywhere else, demolished any representation of the locals temples of worship. The stones from the Temple's helped build the Catholic Basilica.Read more

  • Day7

    Flight to México City

    June 1, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Another long lie in, then a final walk to Larcomar, the shopping centre located on a cliff top overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In the late afternoon it was off to the airport, and a six hour flight to México City, arriving just before midnight.

  • Day3

    Mexicas not Aztecs!

    February 25, 2018 in Mexico ⋅

    Today was the first day proper of our tour and learnt two very important things straight of the bay. Firstly, the original name of Mexico City was Mexico Tenochtitlan in the Nauhatl language (pronounced Mesheeco Tenochticlan). It is built on a lake and was founded there by the indigenous Mexica people when they saw an eagle standing on a cactus with a serpent in its mouth. They took this as a sign from their head god Quetzalcoatl that this was where it should be. I say Mexica people not Aztecs as they no longer use the term Aztec. It was coined as previously they believed that the indigenous people came from Aztlán in the North West of the country but this has since been disproved. Therefore, Mexicas not Aztecs from now on.

    After a short walk through the local district, we arrived at the Centro Historico and the centre of that, the Zocalo or main square. The first and most important thing to note that this square was the centre of Mexico Tenochtitlan and everything built upon it now is on the ruins of the original city, which was destroyed following the conclusion of the Spanish Conquest in 1521.

    The first building we came across was the Metropolitan Cathedral. An impressive looking building built in two main sections from 1573 to 1813, it was built on the ruins of the first Church erected soon after the destruction of the Mexica city.

    Next was the Palacio Nacional, the home but not residence of the Mexican President. After negotiating the tight security due to the his huge unpopularity, we entered. A grand building yes but relatively unremarkable apart from one thing - the 10 Diego River Murals painted on the 1st Floor of its inner court. The plan was for Rivera to cover the walls with murals but he only completed the 10 due to other work commitments and his failing health. Nevertheless, the work is outstanding showing scenes from indigenous Mexican life whilst taking broad potshots at the rich, the clergy and the Conquistadors. The most remarkable is the biggestslam, which covers the whole wall of the staircase and is titled, 'Mexico Through The Ages.' It depicts major figures and events from Mexican history with an almost satirical eye and a Marxist viewpoint, as Rivera was an avowed communist. Our guide, Anna, said it would take almost a day to describe all the people and events depicted on it, such is its scale, but she did a fine job in 20 mins.

    Apart from a brief viewing of the Cathedral, where I was of the opinion that you've seen one church, you've seen most of them, our final place to visit in the Zocalo was the Templo Mayor, the ruined remains of the first Mexica pyramid and square, which survived Cortes' destruction. This was a place used for veneration of the gods, particularly Quetzalcoatl, and where human sacrifices were made to their honour. We didn't have time to view the whole site and museum but the impressive architecture was all there to see and the spent statues (in the 3rd picture) still had some of their original colouration.

    The reason for the lack of time was that we had a date at Mexico City's number 1 tourist attraction, the National Museum of Anthropolgy. Following an amusing ride on the city's public transport system, both bus and metro, we reached the hall detailing the pre-historic (not as in dinosaurs) and classic proofs of Mexican history. There we learnt about all the archealogical sites, the range of people living at them (which included Mexicas, Zapotecs, Toltecs, Teotihuacans and Mayans) and their customs. The vast majority of them practiced human sacrifice and it was considered the highest honour to be sacrificed and your heart offered to the gods. One way of deciding this was a ball game played on a specially designed court where it was the winners not losers who would be the offering - suffice to say Arsenal have no worries about losing their hearts!

    We also witnessed a very famous ancient stone that was once known as the Aztec Calendar and was used very recently by some nutso group to predict the apocalypse was going to happen in 2012. In fact, it was nothing of the sort and has been given its proper name now, The Stone of the Sun. It tells the story of how our current sun is the 5th one to have existed, how sacrifice should be made to it and other references to gods. It does have calendar elements but that was not it's main function. It's an impressive piece of work and I felt very privileged to have seen the original.

    Our tour ended there and we headed back to the centre for a meal back at the tacqueria we had visited the day before, as it is Anna's favourite. As we had such a good meal the night before, Nigel and I certainly weren't complaining.

    Full, tired, replete with our first encounters with Mexican history but happy, we retired early so we could face our trip to the Pyramids of Teotihuacán tomorrow with gusto.
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  • Day11

    Palacio de Bellas Artes

    January 17, 2017 in Mexico ⋅

    Heute haben wir uns endlich das Zentrum von Mexiko-Stadt angeschaut. Dabei stellt der "Palast der schönen Künste"alles in den Schatten. Das Bauwerk ist wirklich riesig und bietet Theater, Oper, Literatur und Architektur. Innerhalb der Gruppe sind wir ganz touristisch durch das historische Zentrum geschlendert und haben die Aussichten genossen. Ein wirklich schöner Fleck in der Hauptstadt Mexikos!Read more

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