You need more than two nights in Mexico City

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Where I stayed
Hilton Reforma
What I did
Revisited the city where we honeymooned 47 years ago

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Wednesday, May 18, 2011


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The star on the upper-left corner of the map is the location of Hilton Reforma.

Our airplane @ Jose Marti airport, Havana and approach to Mexico City airport.

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After our flight from Havana to Mexico City on May 18, Thursday, we checked into our hotel at the Hilton Reforma located at Historic Mexico City about 25 minutes from the airport.







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My roommate, Alex, had a five hour layover in Mexico City before he flew back to La Paz. Our group took a taxi to our hotel, and agreed to meet in the hotel bar after we settled into our room. We had a cocktail, and decided to have dinner at Los Girasoles restaurant a couple of blocks from the Opera House, about a mile from our hotel. We walked in the pleasant evening with many enjoying the sites and sounds of Historic Mexico City. As we walked to the restaurant, we stopped by at Le Opera restaurant and bar to take a peek inside with the intent of visiting
before returning home, but that never happened for me.  On my next visit to Mexico City, I'll surely return if only for a cerveza.


At the restaurant, I ordered the tenderloin steak, medium rare, but it was served medium with hardly any pink, so I sent it back and replaced it with the shredded beef with sauce that was very good!


We had a leisurely walk back to our hotel, and since it was still relatively early, I finished reading
The 8th Confession.

In the morning, I purchased a cup of coffee in the hotel lobby, and sat in the lobby to enjoy the world go by. We met at about 10AM to begin our walking tour in Historic Mexico City. We walked towards the Opera House, the old church where they were having local craft goods sales, and walked back towards the museum in the park that has a painting by Diego Rivera,
Dream of a Sunday Afternoon.

This is what I found on the net on the Diego painting.
This fifty foot fresco takes the  viewer on a Sunday walk through Alameda Park, Mexico City's first city park that was built on the grounds of an ancient Aztec marketplace. The  large mural represents three principal eras of Mexican History: The Conquest, The Porfiriato Dictatorship, and The Revolution of 1910. In chronological order starting from left to right we meet numerous prominent figures from Mexican history. In the center of the mural is Diego Rivera at the age of ten being led by the hand by the Dame Catrina ("La Calavera Catrina"), a skeleton figure parodying vanity created by the popular Mexican engraver Jose Guadalupe Posada. The well-dressed gentleman in a black suit and derby hat is Posada, who stands on the right of Dame Catrina and gallantly offers her his arm.   Posada was highly respected by Rivera, who claimed him as one his artistic luminaries and teachers. Posada's narrative style was an  extremely influential model for Rivera's mural painting. Calavera Catrina, a symbol of the urban bourgeoisie at the turn of the nineteenth century must be taken here as an allusion to the Aztec Earth Mother Coatlicue, who is frequently represented with a skull. Coatlicue wears the plumed serpent, symbolic of her son Quetzalcoatl, around her neck as a boa. Her belt-buckle displays the Aztec astrological sign of Ollin, symbolizing perpetual motion. The adjacent figure is Frida Kahlo in a traditional Mexican dress holding in her left hand the Yin-Yang symbol of duality taken from Chinese philosophy, which also represents  the duality from pre-Columbian mythology. Kahlo's other hand rest maternally on the shoulder of the young Diego, who sets out on his walk through life and through the world under her protection.













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Click on picture for video

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From the park, we headed towards a bazaar a few blocks from our hotel, and spent a couple of hours looking and shopping. I purchased two earrings and a turtle pendant for my wife, and a religious pendant for our maid with some semi-precious stones on them. It was the most I spent on gifts in a very long time.


After returning to our hotel for a short R&R, we met in the lobby to walk to La Mascota for drinks.
As it turned out, two musicians showed up while we were having our first cocktail, and learned that with drinks, the food was free. We spent the next four hours drinking, eating, and listening to two of the best musicians I've heard in a long time. We drank, ate, and listened without ever stopping. I was the first to leave, even though the music was pulling me back into the cafe-bar. I needed to go back to the hotel to rest a bit. I was so filled with food, drink, and music, I didn't need dinner that night.


On May 20, Friday,
the other five in our group had to catch the 6:30AM flight back to SFO, so I slept in until about 9AM, had my cup of joe, and started to wander around the main thoroughfare towards the Opera House and Le Opera restaurant and bar. I stopped at the Opera House for a look-see, and to take some pictures. Inside the Opera House is very beautiful with marble
floors, staircases, and walls, and a small museum with displays of past performances.








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I returned back to the hotel about 11AM to check out of my room, and to catch a taxi to the airport for myflight home.


The past ten days were one of the best and most rewarding of journeys. I'm ready for another trip to Cuba and Mexico City
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