July 27-39, 2007

[Frida Khalo: 100 Years]

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.

[Signing In at Quality Inn] [Quality Inn Roma] [Room with Jacuzzi]

Then we were off by Metro (2 pesos) and taxi to Coyoacán to "Casa Azul" where Frida lived and worked for so many years.

[Frida Khalo Museum] [Frida 100 Years] [Frida Banner]

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.

[Casa Azul gardens] [Casa Azul gardens] [Casa Azul garden café]

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.

[Jim] [Buddy and Jerry] [Jim and Robin]

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.

[Mexican figures] [Mexican figures] [Art Studio]

The next day we headed for downtown Mexico City to the famed Bellas Artes Theater and Exhibition Rooms for the official Frida Centenary Exposition.

[Bellas Artes] [Bellas Artes] [Bellas ArtesStatue]

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.

[Bellas Artes Lobby] [Bellas Artes Dome] [Bellas Artes Lobby Display]

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.

[Diego Rivera Mural] [Lunch with Buddy and Jerry] [Fria 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.

[Cathedral] [Aztec Archeological Site] [Presidential Palace on Zocalo]

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.

[Spiritual Cleansing] [Young Boy] [Presidential Palace]

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.

[Presidential Balcony] [Palace Courtyard] [Rivera Murals]

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.

[Rivera Staircase Mural] [Rivera Staircase Mural] [Rivera Staircase Mural]

[Rivera Murals] [Rivera Murals] [Rivera Murals]

Also located on the second floor of the Palace is the Ceremonial Council Chamber.

[Council Chamber] [Council Chamber] [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.

[Rio de Janerio Plaza home] [David in Rio de Janerio Plaza fountain] [Rio de Janerio Plaza home]

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