Day 2 - Historic Centre

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Monument at Parque alameda

Just before arriving at Zocalo we passed Iturbide's Palace, but it was closed (actually, it was closed every single time we went there, just like the Mining Palace). Zócalo is the name or at least how we call the centre square of the, well, Historic Centre.  It was probably one of the things we were most looking forward to see, mostly because of it's symbolical value and of course to take a few pictures in there (even if the flag on the centre would never move for our photos).

The first thing we saw when we got there was that they were setting up some sort of stage in there and that we wouldn't be able to take pictures of the Cathedral from a distance. After taking some more photos we decided that first on our list was to visit the National Palace which is now a museum of some sorts.

View from the top of Latinamerican Tower 1
All we needed to get it was show some sort of ID and we were in. Inside there we got offered a free tour of it and of course we accepted (eventually plenty of people joined during the whole explanation). The guide was actually quite good as he knew a lot about everything in there and about the subject in general, way beyond text-book knowledge.

When we finished we went to take some more photos and then went to the Cathedral. In the Cathedral I only took some photos and went inside to have a look while Carlos went and kneeled for a while. there was not really much to it, except the fact that it has several types of construction because it was rebuilt sometime ago. Rightin front of the Cathedral (or to the side, it depends where you're standing) you can find the Templo Mayor, that is the remains of what used to be old Tenochtitlán.

View from the top of Latinamerican Tower 2
 There are mostly ruins because they were destroyed during the conquest. We got inside for Free because it was sunday and that also included the Templo Mayor Museum which is located just at the back of the ruins.

When we finally came out of the museum, it was rather late and so we decided to head back to the hotel and start thinking about where to get dinner. On our way back we saw that there was some sort of concert (Ska concert) going on and the smell of weed was heavy on the air. When we finally managed to get through the crowd we saw a whole lot of cops running towards that general area so we didn't want to stay and find out what was going to happen.

Back in the hotel we were just in time to watch a football match on TV, it was a derby, what we here in Mexico call "El Clásico", a match between Chivas and América. After the match which ended with a victory by América we decided it was time to go grab some dinner. It was late and most of the restaurants we looked at were closed, so we ended up having some pizza at Domino's. It was quite good as we got the chance to eat on the street and seasoned our food with all that smog.

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View from the top of Latinamerican Tower 3

If you want to visit Mexico's Historic Centre then Sunday is a great day to do so. We wanted to start the day very early, but because of the long day that was yesterday we overslept (almost 2 hours). The reason I think makes sunday a great day to visit the historic centre is because (at least for us) you get quite a few streets closed down so only bikes and people that are walking may use them and the other reason would be that some museums you will get in for free.

We took a stroll around Parque Alameda which I think would something like Mexico's Central Park. It has some sort of monument in the middle and I think it's for Benito Juarez, also has several fountains that I thought were nothing special but I had to mention them anyway. ;) Another important thing is that this park, like everything else in Mexico, is full of people that will try to sell you something.

View from the top of Latinamerican Tower 4
Don't you just love the way we harass potential buyers in this country?

Anyway, once you've managed to get to the other side of Parque Alameda you'll see the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts). We went inside to have a look at their museum and found this guide that was giving a tour to several kids, his energy and excitement about the painting (I hope it was because of the paintings) were such that I thought he was having trouble keeping his pants on. I took a few pictures of the murals in there and we were out in probably an hour.

Very close to Bellas Artes is the Latinamerican Tower, the second tallest building in Mexico City and probably the one that is supposed to give you the best view.

View from the top of Latinamerican Tower 5
We went most of the way up on elevator and then went up the stairs the last couple of floors where you can buy the most expensive soft drinks in the city from a vending machine. There is also a small stand where you can buy ICEE if that's what you want. We went to the final floor and took some pictures from the top, you shouldn't really expect much from this place, because all you are gonna see is a couple of blocks away and then a huge smog barrier. Up there we saw this American guy that had a face that showed he didn't know what to do, so I offered to take his pictures. We got to talking in spanish (he was making the effort, so who am I to dismiss it) and he said he'd been to Ciudad Juarez almost 10 years ago, and he kinda wanted to agree with me that there really isn't much to it.

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