I know you boys and girls think you had visited a city, maybe you think you live in a city, a big city... someone must tell you the truth: you have never been in a city if you don't know Mexico City. And the place to be is the Historical Downtown.
I know you boys and girls think you had visited a city, maybe you think you live in a city, a big city… someone must tell you the truth: you have never been in a city if you don’t know Mexico City. And the place to be is the Historical Downtown.
Of course there is the typical tourist route; you can even take a ride on a 2 floor bus with a guide.
I strongly recommend the following museums: Palacio de Bellas Artes (any show at the moment, the building itself and, of course, the work of the Mexican muralists), MUNAL (great expositions and really interesting interactive rooms), Franz Mayer Museum (I don’t really like the theme of the museum, but the building it’s great), the Stamp Museum (a strange mixture of popular art and fine art, that covers about 300 years of photography, illustration, magazines, cartoons), Laboratory Arte Alameda (an interesting building and experimental art) and the Popular Graphic Museum (great graphic art, the best place for lovers of urban and public art).
The Historical Downtown Festival it’s a good time to visit the city: music, dance, theatre; national and international artists; closed shows and massive free shows.
Traditional, Chinese, Italian, Lebanon, fast food; bars, table dance, disco, music bars; coffee shops, sex shops, book shops, any kind of shop… Streets almost dedicated to one kind of commerce (one for photography, another for old books, another for religious objects… there is one almost totally dedicated to light, bulbs and lamps.
But, must of all the street life, it’s so chaotic, rich, intense, colourful… taking a walk in the Eje Central (one of the main avenues that cross the downtown, and one of the spots where informal commerce happens) it’s a shock; a punch to the eye, the ear and the nose. Sometimes I travel to the downtown (a 2 hours trip for me) just to wander around the streets with no plan on my mind, letting my body decide where to turn and my eyes where to shoot. Sometimes I just take a seat at the Zocalo or the Alameda to watch people, other times I walk by the side of politic protests just to observe and hear people (the time when I used to assist to those protests as a converse has ended… I guess it’s the age, or maybe I’m too cynical for believing in politicians and political parties).
Of course some places at the downtown can be dangerous (as in any other city), so please be careful and if you want to explore try to be accompanied. It’s a city that you may love or hate, but never ignore.