Centro Historico: Bellas Artes, Mural Museo Diego Rivera and around the Zocalo
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My 2nd day in Mexico City was a lot quieter than the first and very relaxed. One advantage of not planning too much was that this holiday would do what a holiday is supposed to do - make you RELAX! I woke up around 8am and wanted to be the first to have b'fast (b'fast is free/included). the b'fast by itself has improved vastly from 2008, it's now buffet style with diff types of bread, cereal, fruits, really can't complain if you're veg. As their scrambled egg is mixed with ham, they'd make separate scrambled egg and tomato for me.
Plan for the day was to visit lots of museums, first around the area and then perhaps the Frida Kahlo and Trosky museums, but the day had other plans in store for me! I finished b'fast, returned to the room and actually slept for another hour (yes I DID).
The first call of the day was Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes. I had only passed through this on my last trip and frankly, who isn't impressed by it's towering structure including the very vibrant yellow coloured dome? It stands out, and even though it seems modern doesn't come across as too tacky or desparate, but can hold its own against more older domes, if you get my drift.
But with the bad comes the good... this gave me ample time to walk around the park Alameda Central with the Sunday market, tons of stalls and tons of people. The road (Avenida Juarez) was blocked off for cars and converted into a bikers and skaters' lane only.
The interesting thing I'm noticing about Mexico City is that every other building is a museum, and at times you almost think that all you need is a dozen portraits or less, a house, et voila - open up a museum! The Diego Rivera museum was good, but a lot of non-Rivera portraits and I got done fairly soon, in about 30 minutes. Lunch was at another italian rsnt nearby (Avenida Hidalgo), this time it was awful pizza (and I mean awful) but fairly good minestrone soup. It was already around 3pm, and I started evaluating if I want to catch the Kahlo and Trosky museums after all... plus, it was getting fairly cloudy and I didn't want to get stuck back in the rain.
Walked back to the Zocalo, and my friend from California who was also travelling with me had found out that they have a trip up the top of the Catedral Metropolitana at 4pm. So paid about 15 Mex$ for that. I would say that it was fairly a waste. The beauty of Mexico City can also be its biggest problem, in that, from atop, the place looks about very "average" to put it mildly. The skyscrapers kind of get in the way and it almost looks, dare I say it - American. Thankfully it only lasted for about 30 minutes with the climax being ringing the bell for us to hear (dumb idea) after prattling on about the history that none of us really cared for.
The rest of the evening was actually very pleasant - the weather was brilliant, and I went for a walk around the Zocalo.
So day 2 of Mexico city done, and another very relaxing one. I think today the pulse of this pretty big town just "clicked" and I never felt more comfy. Plus, I noticed my Spanish was markedly improving. So it was all good!