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hot boy! =)
Our second day started off a little late. We woke up at 10am - me because of pyramid-exhaustion, Sybil because she came home at nearly 5am a little tipsy =)

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.
Museo Dolores Olmedo
On the side was a small bowl of very good tzaziki. Sybil and I had a some mango juice and I also had a tea so I could get some caffeine in me. And to top off our exceptional breakfast there was a cute young busser guy that I just wanted to take home! (in the picture!)

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.
Luckily the museum is only a couple of blocks away from La Noria although it wasn't exactly in the best neighborhood.

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.
=) It would be easy to spend a good part of the day on this property, as there is a cafe, a stage and some other neat installations. We kind of quickly went through the exhibits and left to try and catch the Museum of Anthropology which is free on Sundays and the castle inside Chapultepec park. Unfortunately we got there a little after 5pm and on Sundays, it closes at 4:30!! They weren't even going to be open on Monday (our last day). We were sooo upset but decided to go to the Polanco area on our last night, as we had heard it was one of the nicest areas in DF.

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.
Lovely restaurant in Polanco
Polanco was a little different though. Although it was the closest stop, it was still a good 8-10 block walk to Avenida de la Reforma. We walked through the downtown area where all the fancy hotels were. Unfortunately it was very dead on Sunday and so we kind of continued walking around looking for a restaurant.

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).
Another interior shot of dessert place in Polanca
But the house was romantic and beautiful I just really wanted to see the inside.

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.
sybil says:
it was a fun day... late start notwithstanding.... ;)
Posted on: Feb 22, 2008
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hot boy! =)
hot boy! =)
Museo Dolores Olmedo
Museo Dolores Olmedo
Lovely restaurant in Polanco
Lovely restaurant in Polanco
Another interior shot of dessert p…
Another interior shot of dessert …
ancient Mexican dog - perro xoloit…
ancient Mexican dog - perro xoloi…
Entrance to Museo Dolores Omedo
Entrance to Museo Dolores Omedo
Sybil @ dessert place in Polanca
Sybil @ dessert place in Polanca
Entrance to Museo Dolores Olmedo
Entrance to Museo Dolores Olmedo
Sybil showing us the way into her …
Sybil showing us the way into her…
The peacock is trying to court me!
The peacock is trying to court me!
Courtyard where La Noria is (that…
Courtyard where La Noria is (that…
Must we go?
Must we go?