Day 4 – Part II – My Trip to Mexico City and It’s Surrounding Areas Coyoacan / Museo Frida Kahlo / Museo Casa de León Trotsky/ La Vienet / Hippie Market / Cathedral of Coyoacan
It’s best to read about my trip in order so you don’t miss part of the “story”. If you haven’t read the previous posts, go to the sidebar on the right and in the archive section, start at Day 1 in April of 2011.
Sorry about having to separate it, but four hours is my limit when I put a post together! This part of the day, I’m going to admit to one of my few flaws. Keep reading!
So we left San Ángel and headed to the Coyoacan neighborhood to go to a couple of museums. But first, on our drive we saw this guy:
This place is across the street from the museum we went to next:
We went to Museo Frida Kahlo. This is the museum of a very famous Mexican artist. Now, I’m not the kinda girl who really is interested in museum’s unless I know my subject. I’m sorry to say, I knew nothing about Frida. I’ll admit there’s probably a lot about the U.S. that I don’t know. I suck at history! It goes in one ear and out the other. My eyes glaze over. The information goes over my head. Just ask my family! For a VERY brief moment, I thought my dad had been in the Civil War!
Here are the only pictures I took at the museum:
This was a very nice museum. They had facts posted in Spanish and in English. Here are two interesting links you can go to read more about Frida: http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/1379-the-frida-kahlo-museum and http://gomexico.about.com/od/sights/p/casa_azul.htm.
Now, another thing you need to know about me if you don’t already – I throw myself into learning about things when I want to. I kind of get obsessed. When we got back home to the states, I rented the movie Frida on Netflix and watched it. Now I’m ready to go back to the museum because I know more about her. When we had gone to the UK in 2005, I had come home from that trip and watched everything I could find on my DVR box about the area and Henry the VIII. I watched that stuff for MONTHS.
When we left Frida’s Museum, we walked a few blocks to the Leon Trotsky Museum. Here’s a a few pictures from our walk:
A man driving his truck around selling fruits and vegetables. He uses a megaphone:
Here are some pictures I took in the courtyard:
|My sister-in-law’s eyelashes.|
This restaurante was also a contender in the choice of places where my brother and sister-in-law would have their wedding reception. It’s a very nice place, but I’m glad they ended up where they did. This would have been a photographer’s nightmare. It’s very dark upstairs. The place is called La Vienet:
This is a cute little room up front. It’s got four tables in it:
They have parking areas like this to save space. My sister-in-law said she’s had her car parked here before:
I asked this guy if something he was selling was a bong. He said yes, and would I like to buy it. I told him no, but would he pose with it in a picture for me:
I’m sorry I got my sister-in-law into a conversation with this guy. I was just curious how much the moccasins cost. Then she couldn’t get out of a conversation:
Mind you, this is Part II of our Day 4! We’re not done yet. What a jam-packed day! We leave here and head to one of my sister-in-law’s other sister’s places. Her parents are still in town and they are leaving tomorrow, so we go for a visit. There’s about 12 of us there. Can I say this again? Nice, nice, nice people!
I have one more picture to share from this day. Look at it and figure out if you can see what I noticed:
Isn’t Cheerios a General Mills product? Or are they the same company? One of my cousin’s who works for GM just confirmed they’re owned by the same company. It’s GM for American brands, and Nestle for brand’s outside of the country.
Oh! I almost forgot! I mentioned how we had no cell service or internet service. Well, I jumped on the internet really quick when we got to her sister’s apartment. I sent my husband and son’s an email and then jumped on Facebook and sent the messages saying that I sent them an email. When I looked at my husband’s Facebook page, there was a status update that said, “My wife went to Mexico with her family. Haven’t heard from her in a few days. Starting to worry.” More on that on Day 5.
Oh – and still missing two suitcases!
Day 5 may not be published tomorrow. I may actually go to a movie with my family! I’m forgetting what they look like. There’s only two days left of our visit and Day 6 is our travel day, so it won’t be very long. Hope you stick around to see the end! I should have it all done by Sunday night.j
UPDATE – 05/01/11 – I have gotten the documentary, “Trotsky”, from Netflix. Now I know a little bit more about him too!