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I was in Mexico first time in summer 2001, tipical holiday that everyone dream: withe sand, blu sea, palms and relax. I came out from the village a couple of time just to visit some Maya site. And it was love!!!!

I discovered a wonderful place that you never think to find there. Or, better, you know, but not exactly that. Luxury nature, history, legend and unbelivable people.

So after some year I decided to come back avoiding beaches and relax. My dream was to visit the "true Mexico". Me and Tacho (is there where this nickname for my friend Augusto is born) spent three weeks crossing the country by bus. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

Mexico City is a shocking city. Bigger than you can imagine. As consequence...the traffic is your first welcome! But you don't care, because everything and everybody seems to smile at you! Unlike the other cities I visited in the world here in Mexico City also the poor neighborhoods seems happy and rich of colors and not grey and sad.

Aeromexico
From the airport we went directly to the hotel. It was a log trip from Italy, passing from New York. Is morning anyway, so we didn't regret to rest a little befor going out to start our mexican adventure.

The Hotel is in the center, sure, but in a city of 1.400 square kilometers the center is almost like a medium city in Italy.... We decided to start to walk to get closer to the main square of the city, El Zòcalo. Crazy! We couldn't stop! Everything was so amazing around. It was strange, we were walkin, walking, walking without talking, only looking around. Runnig people, steady people, smiling people, thoughtful people. People, people, people! Boundary of our steps is the alternation between the old and the new. Elegant old spanish-style neighborhoods dissolve harmoniously into modern cathedrals of consumerism. And vice versa!

Paseo de la reforma is an incredible long street that connects west side of the city to the center, 12 kilometers! On the side of the eight lane road you find several shops, houses, parks, monuments and business buildings.

The flag
Seems to never end. We seems to never arrive. But....what's that??? Before we can see the shape of the buildings surroundings the Zocalo, we see, from afar,  a flag that seems to fly above everything. Is a 350 square meters mexican flag waving on a pole of 50 meters. We're approaching, gets bigger. We're under, gape! We lower the head to breath, a wonderful square emerges at our eyes! El Zòcalo (Plaza de la Constitucion)!

Is hard to decide where to start to admire that square, so you turn around on your feet like a carousel! On the right la Catedral Metropolitana and the Templo Mayor, on front the Palacio Nacional, on the right the Palacio del Ayuntamento.

El zocalo
Everything is so big and beautiful!

On the northern corner of Zòcalo there is a lovable market where you can find a lot of nice souvenirs or crafts. You can deal on prices, assuming that you can talk (due to the loud music in the market)!

The day went away fast, we were tired but excited and so we found to came back to the hotel walking again, more than one hour ..... Insane! Before collapsing we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in a mexican restaurant. Great atmosphere, Mariachi included!

Morning after we planned to go to Teotihuacàn, the biggest pre-columbian archeological site in North America. The place is about 40 km from Mexico City and we decided to reach by bus instead of a taxi, wanted to feel more mexican as possible.... It was a great trip, not because confortable, no absolutely not, but because we had the chance to meet lot of lovely people, lot of funny, lot of crazy.

Bus to Teotihuacàn
At each bus stop somebody new comes into our lifes permanently. Was how to absorb a new story for every peson who went up and down the bus, just looking at their eyes. We were feeding on  fantastic human sensations.  On the way we had the opportunity to see the incredible suburbs of the town. Dirty, climb on hills that no one knows how long still resist, silent to see by the windows of the bus, but certainly chaotic with barefoot children running and screaming without thinking about where they are and what they're walking on. Is right! Is life!

Just when we passed the entrance to the site of Teotihuacàn, we were "attacked" by some souvenir dealer. I will never know how they can understand so easy from where you are. We didn't talk and they said "hey amico, italiano, compra questo per tua moglie, per la tua segretaria, per la tua amante.

Teotihuacán - Avenue of Dead
..", "hey friend, buy this for your wife, for your secretary, for your lover...". Incredible! I was a little worried for that, I though it would be like that througout the day, that we had to fight with sellers instead of enjoying in religious admiration the beauties of the site. We were wrong. Just after hundred meters they let us breath and we didn't meet anymore.

You never know how big is the site before you visit for real. It was a city, a metropolis, built in 300 b.c. on 30 square kilometers, something like Bristol - Virginia, for around 200.000  people, something like Santa Barbara - California. Walking on the Avenue of Dead you are immediatly attracted by the sight of the Pyramid of the Sun, on your left and the Pyramid of the Moon on the background.

Pyramid of the Moon
You can't avoid to climb the steep stairs that take you on the top of the pyramids and enjoy silent the spectacular view of the site from above. How you can avoid to try to imagine. Kow they lived in that place? What happend on day and night right there, where you sit and dream? What color were these walls? Someone explained to me, but I can't really imagine. I would fly back in time! The city ended in the sixth century, no one knows yet exactly how. One thing conforts me, they never knew spanish devastation.

 

The Third day we asked to the hotel to have a driver available for all the day. So we met Rogerio, a very nice man, who accepted to drive us in the most important, for his opinion, places in the city (excluding Zocalo). All this for 50 USD! Incredible! Only problem was the language, because Rogerio is an only spanish speaker....but it was funny, spanish is similar to italian and we managed arranging sentences in italospanish.

Rogerio
It works! Crossing the city we were in Coyoacàn, with Frida Kalo museum and the University, Estadio Azteca, that means something for us italians, the semifinal of the World Championship 1970 Italy-Germany 4-3, part of our recent history, Xochimilco, built by human, in the beginnig, as island of roots, yes roots, become bigger and bigger still based on those roots. there is something of special in this place. In the swamp you can rent one of the hundreds colorful boats to have a tour of the old island. We had some great cold beers in Xochimilco, with rogerio and some friends of him. Cool! On the way back, in the evening, we asked to Rogerio to leave us in Zocàlo, we wanted to visit the Palacio Nacional with the murales of Diego Rivera.
Rivera's Murales in the Presidnetial Palace

But, hurry! At 20:00 the bus (ADO - http://www.ado.com.mx/ado/index.jsp) is ready to drive us in the mexican night!

See you in Oaxaca!

 

 

 

tonygiglio says:
Many thanks!
Posted on: Feb 11, 2013
rcpilgrim says:
Great blog Tony, I enjoyed It and hope to be there soon!
Posted on: Feb 09, 2013
tonygiglio says:
Not complete yet! Is an hard job.... :)
Posted on: Jun 24, 2010
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Pack is ready
Pack is ready
Aeromexico
Aeromexico
The flag
The flag
El zocalo
El zocalo
Bus to Teotihuacàn
Bus to Teotihuacàn
Teotihuacán - Avenue of Dead
Teotihuacán - Avenue of Dead
Pyramid of the Moon
Pyramid of the Moon
Rogerio
Rogerio
Riveras Murales in the Presidneti…
Rivera's Murales in the Presidnet…
Murales
Murales
Market en el Zocalo
Market en el Zocalo
Market e el Zocalo
Market e el Zocalo
Market en el Zocalo
Market en el Zocalo
Market in Zocalo
Market in Zocalo
Soldiers
Soldiers
Suburbia
Suburbia
Suburbs
Suburbs
Up on the pyramid
Up on the pyramid
Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan
Teotihuacán - A Romas fan!
Teotihuacán - A Roma's fan!
Resting in bus
Resting in bus
Coyoàcan
Coyoàcan
Coyoacán
Coyoacán
Frida Kalo Museum
Frida Kalo Museum
Xochimilco
Xochimilco
Xochimilco
Xochimilco
Estadio Azteca
Estadio Azteca
With our driver
With our driver
Flower seller
Flower seller
University
University
Skyscrapes
Skyscrapes
City view from the Panamerican Tow…
City view from the Panamerican To…
Mexico City view from the Panameri…
Mexico City view from the Panamer…
El zocalo
El zocalo
Cathedral
Cathedral
Riveras Murales in the Presidneti…
Rivera's Murales in the Presidnet…
Zocàlo from Panamerican Tower
Zocàlo from Panamerican Tower
The flag on Zocàlo
The flag on Zocàlo
Mariachi
Mariachi
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
Museo Nacional de Antropologìa
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