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The Heart of Mexico City

El Zocalo


We had moved to the center of the city - El Zocalo - and it was packed with people. Into the little ten by ten room with two computers that the hostel provided, through a metal-framed, iron-barred horizontal window, flowed a constant stream of voices calling out their wares for sale. It was a rhythm of calls and whistles, interspersed with baby cries and conversations. Great music! I was reminded earlier of something I have always believed about this city: never expect to do more than one thing in a day. Given that, my list of possibilities for the day consisted of visiting the Palacio de Bellas Artes (and a few places on the way), the Palacio Nacional (the presidential seat which features Rivera murals on the walls) as well as the Templo Mayor (Mesoamerican ruins with a fabulous museum)... Only three. We felt up to the challenge. Lunchtime, and we found ourselves listening to a tenor singing Italian arias accompanied by a pianist as we ate a delicious meal and looked out over one busy street off of El Zocalo. These two music students were giving us a real treat. 17:30 found me resting my feet after having been awed by the Palace of Fine Arts and the surrounding areas (including the main post office, a piece of art unto itself with glittering gold and marble) as well as walking through masses of people walking and selling in the streets around El Zocalo.

Posted by Iancela 18:16 Archived in Mexico Tagged tourist_sites

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