A day spent in the lovely plush neighbourhood of Coyoacan
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Another day, another neighbourhood! My plan this time wasn't so much to cover 2-3 big attractions in far flung places of the city but to focus on generally meandering through a neighbourhood a day, and taking the sites in. Coyoacan, or the "place of coyotes" was one of the bases of operations of Cortes, after the fall of Tenochtitlan. It was also the home of Trotsky and Frida Kahlo, and the narrow cobbled streets along with the colonial plazas, the bakeries, pastries and rsnts still retain the area's provincial charm.
Like Saturday, I asked the hotel for a driver and they sent me a very charming 72yo who would take me around town. As usual, the man doesn't know a word of English so God bless my Spanish skills. We started off around 11am and reached the place by afternoon. First thoughts were the same as San Angel - very nice.
First stop of the day was the market, the Mercado de Coyoacan. Now this was very much like an Indian one.
From here, walked to the rather lovely Convento de San Juan Bautista which is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Mexico City, which was built in the 16th century. It has some rather baroque style ornaments which I thought was pretty interesting.
From here, walked back... (long walk, kudos to my 72yo guide) and reached the other end which was Plaza de la Conchita with the church. The church was closed, but the area again looked good. I wanted to see the much acclaimed Parque Frida Kahlo but sadly, that was closed for lunch (what??!).
Reached the hotel around 4pm, went to the terrace. It was raining, so sat on the terrace and watched the planes go by sipping tea. I'm really loving this "schedule" now, I wish it weren't coming to an end. After sunset, I went for a walk around the area and... and.... and... finally FOUND IT! Tres Leches! Authentic Mexicano Tres Leches. And wow, it was TASTY!! Even better than the stuff we get in the US. Brilliant! I savoured every bit! Went around the area, clicked some picctures in the dark and chose a quite (almost closed down) rsnt for dinner. It was Italian again, but this time garlic pasta. I love spicy Mexican Italian food!
Came back to the room around 11pm, packed and went to bed.