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A Mexico City Weekend

sunny 23 °C

We changed our plans for our visit to Mexico City and so arrived at the weekend. We have learned some valuable lessons. First the good news...
Mexico City is renowned for its nightmarish traffic, but on Sundays many of the roads in the city's historic centre are closed. Only cyclists and pedestrians are allowed. Without the traffic the air was crystal clear and we had some clear views of the many historic buildings in the sunshine.
This is the Church of San Hipolito. It was built in 1729 on the spot where the Spanish finally conquered the Aztecs in 1531...
This is the the Modern Art Gallery on the right, behind the ad-hoc artisans' market...
However, the city's museums,galleries and parks, have free entry every weekend. Which brings us to the bad news. Almost everywhere we had planned to visit Saturday and Sunday was thronged with a sizeable proportion of the more than 20 million plus locals all taking advantage of the offer, leaving us on the end of some very long queues in the baking sun. One incredibly beautiful building that was not packed was the Post Office. But Mexico City's central post office is no ordinary postman's hangout...
It is called the Palacio Postal, (The Postal Palace), for good reason. This is the grand staircase...
We soon gave up on the other museums and galleries and spent our time people watching in the parks. This is the entrance to Chapultepec park on Sunday afternoon...
Chapultepec park covers 1,700 acres and is one of the largest urban parks in the world – second in size only to the central park in Santiago. The park has 15 million visitors a year and most of them seemed to be there on Sunday. We would have taken a pedalo out on the lake – but 5,000 people beat us to it...
With so many people out to enjoy themselves Mexico City's parks become sprawling outdoor markets at the weekends filled with stalls laden with cheap trinkets and vast amounts of fast food. Size matters here and Mexicans are no different to anyone else -they can't resist a super-sized treat. These lollipops and discs of candied nuts were huge...
But we were amazed that people were actually buying candy floss bigger than their kids...
So that was our weekend. We still have Monday and Tuesday. But wait: all the museums,galleries, and even the parks, are closed on Mondays in Mexico City. Lesson learned – don't change your plans without doing some research.

Posted by Hawkson 07:18 Archived in Mexico

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Wonderful that there are free days and that everyone is able to go. The park even looked too crowded to me. I would say lesson learned. Hope you have time on Tuesday to see some of those missed attractions.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Sorry for the glitch. If you get a little extra down time as a result, watch Roma on Netflix. It puts Mexico City in another context. The candy floss is amazing.,

by Tom

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