downtown mexico city

Eerie. Some days this city surprises me amongst all its chaos, but it’s usually when it’s most quiet and that only happens at dawn, before all the crazy things start taking place all over again. On commission for the Holiday Inn Express, here’s another view of downtown, with what once was the city’s and Latin America’s tallest building, the famous Torre Latinoamerica, built in 1956 at 44 stories.

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This drawings are part of a recent project, a book with some species of plants, trees and flowers in Santa María la Ribera, a neighborhood in Mexico City downtown. 

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Night Photography- Museo Tamayo 

First photo tour at night with the new camera, got a couple of good shots but also learned the hard way that Mexico City can be very chilly before the break of dawn and finding a bathroom can be difficult but overall a fun night with plenty of shots left to process. A few things to note if you like to photograph at night in the city:

  1. Downtown area is well lit up and safe (just be mindful of your surrounding) 
  2. Constant transportation around Reforma (even at night) 
  3. Have a return route plan (Uber/Metrobus/Metro/Taxi)
  4. If waiting for public transportation… (most don’t open until 5am and later on Sunday)
  5. Night life is fairly active downtown/centro/roma/condesa in case of detour
  6. Bring a snack and plenty of water (late night cravings while exploring)
  7. ..and possibly the main one (note where you can use the bathroom when out at night)

This Day in Mexican History: Aztec Calendar Unearthed 225 Years Ago

225 years ago today, on December 17, 1790, the Aztec Calendar Stone was unearthed in Mexico City’s Zócalo.

Workers were laying water pipes in the south side of the plaza when they found the 24 ton colossal stone carving. Soon after, it was mounted on the western wall of the Metropolitan Cathedral where it remained for almost a hundred years until 1885 when officials transferred it to the Monolith Gallery of the National Museum in downtown Mexico City.

In 1964, officials again moved the Mexica Sun Stone to Mexico’s newly formed National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park, where this year it celebrated 50 years as the centerpiece of the museum’s Mexica Hall.

Archaeologists believe the Stone of the Sun was carved in 1479, just 40 years before contact with the Spanish.

While called a calendar, it is actually several calendars in one. The Xiuhpohualli is a 365-day solar calendar that sets dates for yearly rituals and agricultural activities. The 260-day Tonalpohualli is considered by most scholars a sacred calendar dedicated to the divine forces for spiritual guidance. Others track specific planets and stars.

Within its elaborate carvings are the symbols that represent the Mexica’s cosmology, their history and account of the universe and their place within it.

The Aztec Calendar remains a symbol of our heritage and identity as Mexican people.

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Uno de los restaurantes de más tradición en la ciudad de México, fundado en 1912, es El Café de Tacuba, que desde esa fecha nos ofrece la mejor muestra gastronómica de la cultura mexicana.

Ubicado en Tacuba 28 en una casona del siglo XVII El Café de Tacuba, ha configurado su historia en la tradición gastronómica, avalado a través del tiempo y sus sabores. 

Este restaurante cuenta con una típica decoración mexicana y diferentes pinturas clásicas a lo largo de sus instalaciones. Ha sido marco de innumerables sucesos, se ha hecho merecedor de ocupar más de un renglón en la historia de México.

El ambiente que se vive en El Café de Tacuba es netamente familiar. En sus manteles han quedado migas de recuerdos de grandes eventos: azahares de bodas, blancas manchas de betún como prueba de agasajos y banquetes de plateados y dorados matrimonios, trozos de celuloide de películas filmadas, como “Los hijos de Sánchez”.

En este lugar se han dado cita innumerables personajes del mundo de la política, el arte, la farándula, empresarios, entre otros, quienes han degustado sus tradicionales platillos, como los tradicionales platillos mexicanos entre los que destacan el Entremés ranchero, los Chuchulucos Tacuba y los Chilaquiles de pollo o frijoles.

Además, podemos disfrutar del delicioso Pollo en mole poblano o el Pollo especial Tacuba y una gran variedad de exquisitos platillos tradicionales como las Enchiladas Tacuba, el Plato Tacuba, Tamales, Chocolate, Buñuelos, postres y el exquisito pan de dulce.

Zombieland, by Abelardo Ojeda. Mexico City Downtown.

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