The Blue House
We left Toronto in a snowstorm and took the ten-hour bus trip across the U.S. border and down to New York City. Nevertheless, our stay in Manhattan was a short one. The following day we had a flight booked for Mexico City.
We enjoyed our few days in the Mexican capital, the highlight being a visit to Frida Kahlo’s Blue House in Coyoacon. It was somewhere we had always dreamt of visiting, and it certainly lived up to expectations. To see the house, the artwork, sculptures and personal effects of Frida and Diego Rivera was fascinating.
The garden was an oasis in the heart of Coyoacan and the colours were stunning. In addition to the azure blue of the house itself, huge vibrant paper-mache figures loomed over the entrance hall. The neighbourhood was lovely and had a leafy plaza lined with restaurants.
The Museum of Anthropology
Back in central Mexico City, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia is definitely worth a mention. It’s an amazing collection of artefacts from pre-Hispanic Mexico. The building itself is well laid out. Great use is also made of outside space, where various sculptures and replicas of ancient buildings are displayed.
The museum is in the Bosque de Chapultepec, a huge park. Also in the grounds, El Museo de Arte Moderno, a zoo, a lake and botanical gardens can also be found. We never imagined the city would be so green and have so many tree lined streets.
The Zocalo is the heart of Mexico City and many of the museums are located around it. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of being there on a Monday when everything was closed! We will just have to go back to re-visit when we return to the city at the end of the trip. We did make it to the Mezcal/Tequila Museum at Garabaldi Square, the highlight being the free samples served in a bar overlooking the plaza.
Generally, Mexico City made a great impression on us – friendly and helpful people, a clean and easy to use metro system, fantastic architecture and more amazing museums than any other city on earth!