The sights of Mexico City and flight back home
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The final day in Mexico! Isn't it amazing how times goes by so quickly on a holiday! It's such an eventuality, and yet you feel the pinch everytime it happens. So for my last day, I did a "London" tradition of just walking around town before I headed to the airport. The good part about staying in the Zocalo is that a lot of places are closeby and walking through the streets of Mexico City is enchanting much like Europe. Even with modernisation, the Mexicans don't knock down the "old buildings" (unlike their neighbours up north) but keep them looking all antique and quaint from the outside, whilst the inside is all hi-tech where it needs to be.
I wasn't quite sure where I wanted to go, but my Frommer's book told me to visit the House Of Tiles which is near the Palace of Arts.
I walked back to the hotel - the idea was to walk my way back from the Bellas Del Artes through the House of Tiles and onto the Palace, which is when I realised that to enter the Palace, you need ID and I didn't have 1 with me.
The Palacio Nacional is a complex of many rooms, stone stairways and murals. It's also where the president of Mexico works. The highlight of this building is, as mentioned above, the colourful murals of Diego Rivera which depict the history of Mexico. There are free tours also where guides describe the history. Diego Rivera was known for his history- story based murals in lots of historical places all over Mexico City. I had about 20 minutes in this place and I couldn't soak it all in (memo to self: visit this place again).
The highlight of this p(a)lace is the Bell: This hangs by the central door which is the entrance for tourists, and this is the same bell that was rung by Padre Miguel Hidalgo when he proclaimed Mexico's independence from Spain in the early 19th century (grito).
It was already 945am and I had to head back to the hotel to pack up - my taxi was coming at 10am. They were on time - I checked out without a problem, except that the Reception said I had 5 pesos due (ahemm...how?). Apparently I hadn't paid tips one day during b'fast. WTF though, I had paid more than 5 pesos on some nights! Anyway got on the taxi, I was expecting lots of traffic but I was at the airport by 11am itself. That was boring - I had to wait for 2 hrs eating about anything in sight until I made it for my flight.
The nights are the busiest at the airport - lots of European jumbos parked. But during daylight, most flights are American and Canadian based carriers and the airport looks kinda empty! The flight took off on time, no problems.
I do wonder what's next in Mexico... I'm quite intrigued by San Miguel de Allende, so watch this space for a new "development"! In the meantime though, my traditional overture: great time, great country, not sold on the food but very impressed with the people and the culture.