Day 86 July 12

Countries 11    Hotels 41    Cars 54

Flights 25:flying time 68.34 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 12    Elephant 1    Boat 14

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 8    Subway 8    Ferry 2

Minibus 35    Coach 2    Catamaran 1    Funicular 3

Pick up truck 5    Land Cruiser 8    Hydrofoil 4

Llama 1    Cycle Taxi 1    Train 5    Motorised Canoe 9

Canoe 2    Sightseeing truck 1    Sightseeing bus 4

Golf cart taxi 2


A museum day today and a walk about to get the feel of Mexico City. My hotel is in the Centro Historico area of the city so I am a few minutes walk from Plaza de Constitucion otherwise known as, ‘Zocalo’, which means base. It’s one of the largest squares in the world, 220 by 240 meters, however the square is filled with rather ugly, massive great white tents as there has been an exhibition here, so it means I haven’t been able to get any photos of the actual square or decent shots of the buildings that surround it, which is a shame as they are magnificent. North of the square is Metropolitana Catedral, to the south city government offices and to the east Palacio Nacional which is where I went first.

It’s free to get in the Palacio Nacional, I had to show ID three times at three different police check points, and then hand it over in exchange for a tag which allowed me access to this colonial palace.  The grounds have lush gardens with architectural cacti and sculptures.

On the second floor of the building are murals by Diego Rivera.  There was also an art exhibition. In Mexico visual artists can meet their income tax obligations by ceding their works to the federal government. More than 1500 artists have participated in the program since 1957  and this exhibition displays some of this work, the photos are my favourites, and some of the Rivera murals.

Next was Templo Mayor. In 1978 workers for an electricity company discovered this site while digging. The Templo Mayor, Spanish for “Great Temple”, was one of the main temples of the Aztecs in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City. It sits just off Zocalo square, encompassed by this bustling city, it’s not the most attractive of ruins, but a significant one.  According to tradition, it is located on the exact spot where the god Huitzilopochtli gave the Mexica people his sign that they had reached the promised land: an eagle on a nopal cactus with a snake in its mouth.

After lunch I had a mooch round the square, these are the photos of the buildings around it.

 

 

 

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