MEXICO CITY AND FRIDA KHALO CENTENARY EXHIBITION
July 27-39, 2007
We arrived in Mexico City Friday afternoon and headed directly to our hotel in the Roma district. The new Quality Inn was
inexpensive and we were upgraded to a grand room with its own jacuzzi tub.
Then we were off by Metro (2 pesos) and taxi to Coyoacán to "Casa Azul" where Frida lived and worked for so many years.
The Gardens of the compound were beautiful with a tine café where we enjoyed a drink at the end of the tour. The tour through the house
and studios contained many photographs, letters, paintings and sketches of Frida and Diego and their busy life in Mexico, Detroit, New York and Europe
where they had become the toasts of society despite their leftist views.
The gardens were also a great spot to take pictures of Jim, our traveling companions, Buddy and Gerry and the two of us in front of
the mock pyramid fountain.
Throughout the compound were large paper maiché figures, a favorite of Frida's. The stone upper floor with large windows was
the studio for Frida and Diego.
The next day we headed for downtown Mexico City to the famed Bellas Artes Theater and Exhibition Rooms for the official Frida Centenary Exposition.
Despite hundreds of people attending the show, we were finally able to get into the three floors of the theater's entry halls
for the displays of photos, memorabilia, letters and art work.
After seeing several murals by Diego Rivera along with all Frida's art work, we had lunch in the Lobby Café, but resisted buying
a Frida T-shirt.
Another must on a trip to Mexico City is to visit the Zocalo where demonstrations are held in its huge open plaza and where important
buildings such as the Cathedral and Presidential Palace are located. Behind the Cathedral just off the Zocala, archeological digs
and displays have been set up to show the ruins of the Aztec temple destroyed by the early Spanish conquerors.
The plaza was filled with vendors, performers and this young Indian man performing a spiritual cleansing for passers-by. This is also
a favorite place for family visits with young children.
At the entrance to the Palace we noted the second floor balcony where Mexico's President each September 16th performs the famed "Grito"
first uttered by national hero Father Hildago.
We took a guided tour of Diego Rivera's famous murals in the staircase and throughout the second floor of the Palace. These murals
celebrate the history, religion, politics and life of the Mexican people from ancient times to modern times.
Also located on the second floor of the Palace is the Ceremonial Council Chamber.
En route back to the hotel we walked through the Roma district and came upon the elegant Plaza de Rio de Janerio with the famous
statue of David in a wonderful fountain. Around the square were many elegant nineteenth and early twentieth century homes.
We all decided that just two days was not enough time to really enjoy the city. We all vowed to return very soon.
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