Parents in Mexico!

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As previously mentioned, my parents traveled to México for the holidays. We had a great time and Jeff and I were super excited to show visitors around now that we actually (usually) know what we are doing!

The first stop was Coyoacán. If you’ve been reading our blog, you know that going to the centro of Coyoacán is one of our favorite things to do. So, we walked around the centro and admired the decorations still up from Christmas; toured the local church; and of course sampled lots of food! We visited Café El Jarocho, the most famous coffee in town; Sanborns for lunch where my parents had chilaquiles and enchiladas suizas; and finally, churros for dessert.

The ginormous tinsel tree in the centro. (The bookshelf and set up that is also in the picture is information for Occupy Mexico.)

There was a large nativity scene set up in the centro's gazebo.

First churros!

Our next stop was the local mercado that comes every Tuesday morning to our barrio. My parents really enjoyed the incredible variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, and other items that you can not only buy but sample beforehand as well.

A stall selling greens and just-diced veggies to make salsa.

Fresh chicken anyone?

We also decided to visit the Museo Nacional de Antropología, a first for Jeff and me as well as for my parents. The museum is considered the best in Latin America and one of the best in the world. We stayed there for over three hours and literally only saw a quarter of what they have to offer.

The front of the Museo.

One of my favorite pieces at the museum-a sculpture of a contortionist!

A wall from the Temple of the Feathered Serpent

A depiction of the buriel grounds that were found in the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. The skeletons were found with their hands still tied behind their backs.

El juego de pelota (the game of ball) was invented by the Aztecs. The ball had to be hit through a goal like this and the players hit the ball with their hip. Can you imagine aiming a ball through a hoop like this from your hip?!

The Aztec room was the last one we visited. It was massive and absolutely full of artifacts.

My mom and me under the largest artifact in the Aztec room. This has been misidentified as a Mayan calendar, but was actually an altar about the sacrifices of war.

Another must on our list was Bellas Artes. Though the Palacio Nacional houses a larger quantity of Diego Rivera murals, Bellas Artes has several famous ones by Rivera in addition to others by famous Mexican muralists.

Mom in front of Bellas Artes

Mural by Rufin Tamayo in Bellas Artes

Looking at one of the Rivera murals

Another Rivera mural. Can you guess who some of these people are?

All in all, we had a great visit and I think in the end, we have turned my parents into big fans of Mexico 🙂

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2 responses »

  1. How cool! Glad you’ve been able to get to know some of those fascinating places. Most of all, to have fun enjoying a different taste of life.

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