Go to the Zocalo. Try going...
Go to the Zocalo. Try going there in the morning for the flag raising of Mexico's largest flag. In the evening it's also awesome. The cathedrals and palaces are all brightly lit up. Zocalo was the epicenter of ancient Aztec Mexico until the Spanish razed it down to build this spacious plaza. Driving up and down the Paseo de la Reforma. What a handsome avenue this is. It's looks more like a park than a thoroughfare. I like the monuments strategically placed at every major intersection. This is Mexico City's Champs Elysee and the traffic ain't too bad.
This is an improvement over the usual scrawling...
which you'd likely see on the sidewalks and streets over here, when kids and chalk get together. None of the so-n-so loves so-n-so or the misshapen hopscotch diagrams, no the Mexico City chalk artists are a bit beyond that...they decorate the Zocalo plaza with cool Aztec heads, in all their pastel glory. To be washed away by the next rain or sooner than that, just trampled away by the thousands of feet which pass herely daily, but the momentary art was a cool diversion...;-)
Neck pouches are pretty horrible to wear when it's boiling hot, and they make it very obvious you are a tourist. With women the problem is that these pouches are designed to hang on a flat chest. You can, however, wear them horizontally below your breasts and above your waist. Some travellers have found out that the ink used on airline ticket smears greatly after a couple of months in the pouch. Putting them in a small plastic bag inside the pouch keeps out the moisture.
Polyforum, diamond of steel, light and color. (1)
Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros
(The Siqueiros Polyforum).
The building became part of one of the most ambitious urban projects at the end of the 1960s, intended to modernize Mexico City's image and promote tourism on a large scale combining art, architectural beauty and maximum efficiency in all its services.
Since its founding 30 years ago, it has been both a meeting place and landmark for inhabitants of Mexico's capital and a magnificent example of the country's visual arts vanguard. This center of culture is unmistakable because of its architecture, the murals that cover the twelve sides of its outer walls and the fact that it contains the world's largest sculpted mural by renowned Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.
After six years of uninterrupted work, it was inaugurated in 1971 by President Luis Echeverría Alvarez.
From the start (1965), the main goal of both the artist and his team was to achieve a total integration of architecture, sculpture and painting.
This was the time when muralism was searching for a new pictorial language, which would receive a great innovative impetus thanks to its merger with modern architecture and contemporary art. Siqueiros represents that new thinking in muralism, which departed from flat walls and imagined all surfaces as an active, dynamic space.
Untiringly experimental, the artist incorporated new materials and techniques with the conviction that the advances of science would permit more freedom of expression.
The result is a work of art which encompasses architecture, painting, sculpture and relief.
With more than 8,000 square meters of space to unleash his creative capabilities upon, with no major restrictions and accompanied by an excellent team of more than 40 people (painters, sculptors, architects, chemists, photographers, workers and artists invited from different parts of the world), Siqueiros encountered in the Polyforum the best opportunity in his life as an artist.
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After doing the Zona Rosa one night you might want to check out the hip and trendy upscale neighborhood of Polanco at night. The Beverly Hills of Mexico City has it all. Booming with endless nightclubs, and trendy bars this is where the pretty and well of to do Mexico City residents come to unwind. Restraunts in the area are suitted for just about everyone needs, from small and cheap to grand and expensive. The crowds of are big on weekends and so are the thieves, so be carfeully of your surroundings, stick to the main street and you should be OK !!!!