We were ready to do it all!
Mexico City Travel Blog› entry 4 of 7 › view all entries
February 17th, 2008 – by: jenn79
We went for a late breakfast in the Chapultepec area. We walked around on sore footsies looking for a restaurant but for some reason had a difficult time finding one. It seems much is closed on Sundays but we finally found a little home converted into a restaurant about 4 blocks away place jammed full with people. We kind of loitered around the entrance and soon a host invited us to have a seat upstairs. There was a lot on the menu but although I speak spanish I don't know food/menu items so sort of asked/guessed my way to a breakfast decision. I ended up ordering an "Araba" breakfast dish that was absolutely delicious!! It was like a wooden bowl with really hot oil on the bottom cooking some eggs had lots of spices and then covered with a pita.
We were full and happy and ready to make the long trek to Xochimilco to see the Museo Dolores Olmedo. Sybil and I actually don't really know in the grand scheme of things if we were making long treks, but it seems as if everytime we got on the metro, it was to go to the very end of one of the lines, and frequently take another mode of transportation thereafter! It ended up being quite a trek, all the way to the end of the 2 line and then you have to take the light rail to the stop La Noria.
But the inside was gorgeous! Lots of wide open space, colorful/interesting animals running around, and amazing art and furnishings. It was the property of Diego River's most famous mistress, and my was she beautiful/regal. She was a gorgeous young woman and a very striking older lady. How unfair that she got to be both in one lifetime!
Her property was full of Diego pieces that were really gorgeous. I don't claim to know a ton of his stuff, but some really extraordinary pieces were on display - wholesome and indigenous and full of warmth and beauty. There were a couple of pieces from Frida as well, which Sybil pointed out was kind of strange.
One of the cool things about Mexico city is that most of towns/areas we were looking for had a stop with the same name, making it really easy to find areas without having to find out which stop was the most appropriate.
We didn't have any luck, as most places were closed but did find a corner with a couple of choices and decided to go to La Bahia across the street from Hard Rock Cafe. While sitting down at what is best described as a fancy version of Baja Fresh, I looked out the window and saw this gorgeous stone house that had been converted into a restaurant. I wanted to just snack at this restaurant and then go have a proper meal at this other one. But we were starved so ended up deciding to have dessert at this other place (which sadly wasn't very good).
A brief comment on money that is very important. Most touristy places like Cancun accept dollars, and you will find people who accept dollars here as well, but those are few and far between. In Mexico City you have to pay in Pesos and there aren't a lot of places that take credit cards. This actually HELPS you however, since prices remain low. We noticed at places that do take credit cards that prices were quite inflated and remained somewhat empty of customers. To illustrate how reasonably priced things are, I pulled out $150 at the airport and took 3 taxi rides, went to the pyramids, we visited 3 museums, bought about 14 metro rides, bought souvenirs, paid cash for food 1/2 the time, and tipped extravagantly at the hotel and I went home with 50 pesos (~$5) extra.
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