Category Archives: MEXICO CITY

ON TOUR–With Mexico Mystic

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Last year, we asked Mexico Mystice and his equally knowledge spouse, Rachel, to “show us the town,” and they served up Mexico City (DF) on a platter to us.  Here are some photos from the first two days “of a three day tour.”

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Silversard, AKA, Genuine Tourist Reporting in from Baraboo, WI, USA

 

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The Floating Gardens of Mexico (Xochimilco)

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 While in Mexico City you don’t want to miss the Floating Gardens, over a hundred kilometers of interlaced canals dating back to pre hispanic times. Started by Aztec agriculturists who would lay out wood covered with woven mats then covered with dirt on which they would plant gardens. Over the centuries the roots of trees and plants embedded themselves in the lake bottom and formed islands, Today there are still families who have handed down this tradition from one family member to another.

Now you can take a trip down the canals on a flower covered flat bottom boat and see the flower gardens while being serenaded by mariachis in canoes, and being offered everything imaginable from vendors such as trinkets, snacks, complete meals and alcoholic drinks…prices vary depending on size of the boat, length of trip, etc. Prices are posted and are negociable, we got a small boat last time with a capacity for 4 to 6 people, voyage took 2 hours and cost $200 pesos (about $16 Dollars).

flatbottom boats--Trajineras.

purchasing flowers

Where's the floating cantina??

go to this link to see more photos,,,,

http://travel.webshots.com/album/575386043cxUUcq?vhost=travel

The Dolores Olmedo Museum

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 Went to Mexico City last Saturday to the Dolores Olmedo Museum. Mrs. Olmedo was a friend of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. She had the largest collection of Frida Kahlo paintings in the world. Unfortunately I wasnt allowed to photograph them but there was many other things to see and photograph. The estate itself is magnificent, there are 11 salons and many temporary exhibits and events going on. Mrs. Olmedo was also fond of Xoloitzcuintla dogs, a prehispanic breed of dog that is almost extinct. I had only seen 4 in 40 years in Mexico but Saturday I saw at least a dozen.

The museum is located near Xochimilco and if you visit Mexico City I reccomend that you see this museum. Entrance fee was $55 pesos. You should go catch a flatboat ride around Xochimilco while your there also.

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entrance to museum

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pre hispanic dog

the xoilotzcuintle dog

for more photos go to this link…………………….

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More about Mexico City

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MASS TRANSPORT SYSTEM

MASS TRANSPORT SYSTEM

MAIN FOOD MARKET

MAIN FOOD MARKET

LATIN America Tower

LATIN America Tower

Mexico City is only 3 hours away by bus so every once in awhile I go there. It’s either the worlds most populated city are soon will be, I think Tokyo may still have an edge.

Because of it’s place in History, it was the Capital of the Aztec Empire, it still retains it’s Historical, Economical and Political Influence.

Mexico City has a population of 21 million and a “floating population” of about 3 million, that is people coming in and out of the city daily.

At the Central of Abastos Market (Supply Center), 30,000 tons of food arrives each day to feed this monster. There are 40,000 people working there and it covers 36 city blocks. There’s parking for 50,000 vehicles. It even has its own newspaper that posts present & future food prices. Even this isnt enough to feed the city and they have a huge “market on wheels” that goes to different locations around the city every day.

Amongst the many problems of the city is pollution. Someone once remarked that managing Mexico City was like trying to repair an airplane in flight.

Every day 43,000 cubic meters of fuel are burned, half of that is used by vehicles. For every public transport vehicle there are 40 private vehicles, as a result Mexico City has a “day without your car” law. depending on the number of a cars license tag its not allowed on the street one day of the week.

The subway known as the “metro”, was built by the French to accomodate people during the Olympics in 1968, More than 4 million people board the subway train at “Pantitlan” Station than all people who board Amtrack daily in all the U.S. . 3 and a half million people ride the subway each day at a cost of about 30cents a ticket, Sr. Citizens ride free.

Minibuses in Mexico City serve 8 million passengers every day.

One thousand planes a day land at Benito Juarez Airport in Mexico City. Private planes have to land at the Toluca Airport 40 miles away.

More than 2 million interstate buses a year arrive and leave Mexico City, there are 4 terminals of which T.A.P.O is the worlds largest & busiest bus station, the 2nd largest is C.A.P.U. bus staion in Puebla, Mexico , 150 miles South of Mexico City.

Chapultepec Castle

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If you’re in or close to Mexico City be sure to check out Chapultepec Castle. The oldest part of the Castle was built in 1758 and used as a fort. In 1841 it was converted into a military academy. It was the site of a final battle against invading American troops. twenty years later it was remodeled into the residence of President Porfirio Diaz & was the official residence of the presidents of Mexico until 1944. It now houses the National Museum of History, a great place to visit to see remnants from Mexicos past. Amongst the many things there you can see the elegant coaches of King Maximilian, and get a look at some of the castles room to see how Royalty lived.

When Napoleon 3rd withdrew his supporting troops, Max & his wife were given the choice to leave with them but Carlotta liked being a Queen & didnt like the idea of having her status lowered to Duchess so she convinved Maximillian to stay, this eventually cost him his life in front of a firing squad in Queretero.

Chapultepec is the only castle on this side of the world to have had a monarch living in it.

Maximillian's wheels

Maximillian's wheels

the dining room

the dining room

Revolution Monument

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Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

REVOLUTION MONUMENT

REVOLUTION MONUMENT

On our recent “invasion” of Mexico City, (as Stephen calls it), we decided to take a look at the Revolution Museum.
The Building iyself is amazing, it was started by Dictator Porfirio Diaz but got short stopped when the Revolution started. He wanted to build a building that was modeled after the Capital Building in Washington D.C. but only got as far as the dome part, so after the Revolution (1910-1918) it became a monument to the Revolution.
Inside we found mucho memorabilia to Revolutionaries, Emilio Zapata. Pancho Villa, Etc.,
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