The endless city: Mexico D.F

 

 

 

This city has a very special meaning for me.

Among other things, it is the birthplace of the artist Frida Kahlo, whose art and personal style have served as inspiration for many of my works. First, I’m going to tell you a little about the city, and then about Frida. I hope you enjoy it!

The airport of Mexico City is located almost in the center of the city, when we land we see its houses and avenues very close. But what is most striking is that, when approaching, the city extends beyond where it reaches the view. Depends where you come from this may surprise you more or less, but for example in Europe it is unusual for cities to be so overwhelming. Normally, when you land an airplane in Europe, you first begin to see the suburbs and some countryside, and in the distance the city. But when we arrived in Mexico City, and once we crossed the thick layer of clouds, we could see nothing but the city extending towards the horizon in all directions.

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I have been many times in the city, although I do not have too many photos. I completed  the post with some Pinterest photos, along with my own.

The traffic is chaotic and the city bustling, full of people, stalls and street performers. Fascinating and dangerous in equal parts, it depends on why you move and at what times.

For a Spanish it is generally very cheap, let alone for someone coming from other European countries more expensive than Spain such as France, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland …

 

The current Mexico City is built on the ruins of the ancient Tenochtitlán (place of tunas on stone / the tunas are the fruits that the nopal gives), founded on a small island in the middle of a lake where in 1325 the ancestors of the Mexica saw an eagle on a nopal, a scene that we see represented on the coat of arms of the Mexican flag.

Some time later, it was taken by Hernán Cortés and his allies; and new constructions were built in the place where the old buildings of Tenochtitlan were. For example, the current Cathedral and Zócalo are located at the exact point where the central plaza and the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan were located.

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A must see in the center  is the Sanborns of Casa de los Azulejos, a restaurant in a building that is an old Spanish palace, and that still retains its incredible frescoes and part of its decoration.

 

Walking through the center, we can also find numerous shops with corsets, umbrellas, gloves and fans. Entire streets in which it seems that we have travelled back in time and landed in the 19th century. They are the traditional quinceañeras dresses, and all the attire that accompanies them.

A must see is the Latin American tower, from which you have incredible views of the entire city, the Palace of Fine Arts, or the old post office building.

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I also highly recommend a visit to the Gran Hotel in Mexico City, with an impressive art Nouveau stained glass dome, and with views of the Zócalo and the cathedral.

Outside the historical center we find Xoximilco and the Chapultepec Castle.

The most modern buildings and skyscrapers of the city are in the Paseo de la Reforma, where we must stop to admire the monument of the Angel of Independence.

As for museums, the ones I like the most are the National Museum of Anthropology, the May Temple Museum and the Museum of Popular Arts.

 

Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum

 Coyoacán is a bohemian neighborhood located to the south of the DF, of old low and colorful mansions, avenues and colonial squares full of green, markets, bookstores and typical restaurants.

In Coyoacán is the Blue House, home of the artist Frida Kahlo and current museum.

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderón was a Mexican painter. Her life was marked by the misfortune of contracting polio and then by a serious accident in her youth. She had an unconventional life. Her pictorial work revolves thematically around her biography and her own suffering. She was the author of some 200 works, mainly self-portraits, in which she projected her difficulties to survive. The work of Kahlo and her husband, the renowned painter Diego Rivera, influenced each other. Both shared a taste for Mexican folk art with indigenous roots, inspiring other Mexican painters of the postrevolutionary period.

All images are mine.

 

 

 

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