On this trip we were able to visit two of our favourite cities in the world one after the other – from Mexico City to New York City!
City on Fire
We woke early in Mexico City and from our fourteenth-floor room, saw the sun coming up over the mountains and smoke billowing across the city skyline. Helicopters were hovering and we could hear sirens from the streets below. It seemed that there had been a fire at one of the largest markets in the city. When we went out later, the traffic was being diverted and it was manic. Luckily, from what we heard, nobody was hurt.
An Eventful Bus Ride from Acapulco
Our bus trip from Acapulco to the capital had been eventful. On the way, the bus had slowed down when a group of people stood in the road. They were holding big sticks and machetes! Everything had gone so smoothly up until then, but this wasn’t looking good. There was some banter between the driver and the group. The door of the bus opened and they all got on. “Buenos Dias”, each one said, smiling as they went past.
Apparently, they had been working in the fields and their truck had broken down so they needed a ride! The irony was that the security at the bus stations is super-tight, and then half way through the journey, the bus driver lets a bunch of people with potential weapons on board!
Our Last Day in Mexico City
It was our last day in Mexico City and we went to the Palacio Nacional, where the Mexican President has his offices. There were some impressive Diego Rivera murals and lots of groups of Mexican children on school trips. We also stopped by Templo Mayor, an Aztec sight that was discovered in 1978 and is still being excavated. It was very interesting and all the time new treasures are being uncovered.
There was also a very good museum. Every time we visit somewhere like that, we wish we had studied archaeology! It’s so fascinating and there is still so much to be discovered. It seems even more amazing when it is in the middle of a big city! Under people’s feet all the time! Lastly, we went to see Rivera’s, ‘Dream of a Sunday Afternoon‘, one of his most famous murals.
We Will Be Back
We have had a great time in Mexico. It has been easy to travel around, the people have been friendly and helpful and it’s a colourful and fun-loving country. We would definitely love to come back sometime, as a month hasn’t been long enough and there is so much to see.
A Return to NYC
We flew from Mexico to New York City. We had been away too long! Catching up with our friends, Wendy and Linda, we went for lunch at the Cook Shop, an organic restaurant that serves micro beers and cocktails. Afterwards, we walked along the Highline, the area previously used to transport freight on the now obsolete tracks. It is now a green urban area, used as a showcase for art installations and gives a alternative perspective of Manhattan. It was also very crowded, even in the cold March weather.
Law and Order – Special Victims Unit
The Meatpacking District has been gentrified and is now full of cool shops and restaurants. Chelsea Market offers an enticing array of everything food-related from elaborately iced cupcakes to artisan breads. We also checked out Marie’s Crisis, a cosy piano bar, where everyone joined in singing show tunes round the piano.
A highlight for T was stumbling across her favourite TV show ‘Law and Order – Special Victims Unit’ being filmed. She had her photo taken with Ice-T and Dann Florek and we watched Mariska Hargitay doing her scene on the steps of the Supreme Court. We couldn’t believe our luck. We had talked about the possibility of coming across the set, but didn’t really believe it would happen!
Lunch in China Town, Happy Hour in an East Village bar and a stroll through Central Park and Times Square, and all too soon it was time to head back to the UK. As usual, we were planning our next adventure before we even arrived back at Heathrow airport.