Five Things To Do in Mexico City

It seems anyone who visits Rincón de Guayabitos falls in love with the place – and the people. But how many of you have taken the time to visit other parts of Mexico? My wife, Michele, and I recently spent four days in Mexico City and we fell in love with that city as well! Yes, it’s big (20 million plus people), but it’s also beautiful in many ways and rivals some of the other great cities of the world with its art, culture and history.

Here are some of our best memories. There are many others.

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
(shown above) On certain nights, the stage at the Bellas Artes is graced by the Mexico City Ballet for the history of Mexico in about three hours. Along with the amazing costumes, music and dancers, the cries of “Viva Mexico!” from the audience are almost worth the price of admission alone. Arrive early or risk missing the breathtaking stained-glass curtain that fronts the stage. Assembled by Tiffany & Co. of New York, it’s made of nearly one million pieces of colored glass.

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The Palacio de Bellas Artes
Six blocks from the Zocalo central plaza (an easy, safe walk – even at night) is this incredible white marble palace. The exterior is impressive, but you have to see the interior as well. Its walls are covered with the impressive murals by Tamayo and Rivera, two of Mexico’s greatest artists.

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Museo Frida Kahlo
The renowned artist was born in Casa Azul (Blue House). She lived and died here, too. You can easily spend a few hours here, but arrive early before the crowds. If you really want to be adventurous, take the subway.

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Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli
We thought our cabbie was taking us to Diego Rivera’s house. Instead, we were dropped off at Anahuacalli, a pyramid-like museum designed by the muralist. It holds about 60,000 of his pre-Hispanic artifacts on several levels. The central hall of the black, volcanic stone building shows off some of Rivera’s mural renderings. If possible, take the guided tour, which is free!

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El Cardenal & Café de Tacuba
There are many, very good restaurants in Mexico City. These two are both just blocks from the central plaza. El Cardenal is a traditional, gorgeous restaurant. Lunch was pretty much perfect. I can only imagine dinner. Café de Tacuba has been around for a century. The food and service are excellent. The margaritas made with “Reposada” (rested) tequila may just change your life.

From Mexico City, we went north to San Miguel de Allende – but that’s another story.

by Neill Fitzpatrick, a long time journalist with Global National and now CBC. Neill and his wife Michele are from St. Albert, Alberta and own a home in Guayabitos.

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