We did some exploring of historic downtown Mexico City this morning after breakfast. We walked past Diego Rivera's studio Museum, which was very close to our hotel. Unfortunately, Frida Kahlo's Museum is down in the south part of the city and we would have used up all the time we had just traveling to and from it, without even spending time there. We walked past the Palace of Fine Arts as the marble paving stones in front were being cleaned. One fellow throwing pails of water on the stones, and someone else using a electric floor scrubber to clean them. It is a huge building, but was not open when we went by. We had so little time we did the drive by version (on foot) to see the sights.
Palace of Fine Arts
Large Spider Sculpture
We walked to Constitution Plaza, where the National Palace (government building) and the Metropolitan Cathedral are on two sides of the square. The Cathedral is the largest on the North American continent and that is very large!! In fact, the majority of the old buildings are huge - maybe cuz they don't have to heat them they can make them bigger?? I don't know, but large is normal. The huge square was filled with army tents and helicopters and other machines. They were apparently celebrating the 100th birthday of the armed forces. So there were soldiers everywhere as well as the regular police.
After leaving the square, we walked back a different route, visiting the Gran Hotel Mexico City with an unbelievable chandelier in the entrance and a stained glass roof that is amazing. We also stopped in to see the inside of the post office, which is gorgeous and has dragon light fixtures on the outside.
Inside Post Office
After checking out of our hotel we took a taxi to the airport, seeing a religious procession with a marching band going toward the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Band, flags, banners, lots of people... At the airport we had lunch and watched some of the Sochi opening ceremony on TV before getting on the plane to Huatulco. It was a quick flight on a very comfortable plane - lots of empty seats - free beer. We met a woman who was also going to Puerto Escondido and she was asking how we were getting from the airport to PE. So we told her about our plan to walk out to the main road and catch a bus. She decided to join us. Taxis from the airport to PE are very expensive - 600 pesos - and although we had to wait awhile for the bus, when it came, it was only 52 pesos each. It took about 2 hours to make the trip - lots of stops for people to get on and off. It was just getting dark when we arrived in PE and we took a taxi to our rented house. Ken was there to let us in and show us around. Then we went out to a restaurant, Rincon de los Almendros, which is just a couple of blocks away. There was a jazz saxophonist playing with recorded background music, which was very enjoyable with a good meal as well. Then we walked back and had a little visit with Ken and met Susan and Frank, who are leaving in the morning.
A very busy day.