Cuernavaca Mexico

Cathedral of Cuernavaca

Our last stop on our Mexico trip was Cuernavaca. This ancient (dating from 1200 BC) city retains some lovely colonial buildings and serves as a getaway for Mexico City residents. The old town indeed has some historic, impressive and lovely buildings. Among these area the: Cuernavaca Cathedral complex, dating from the 1520s with a lovely [Read more …]

Day Tripping from Mexico City

St Bernadino Church

We spent some time taking short jaunts from Mexico City itself. Xochimilco Xochimilco is the only area near Mexico City to retain a network of free-flowing canals. This, combined with its abundant greenery, hundreds of scenic “floating” flower nurseries (on plots of land created by soil piled atop extensive vegetation, and a fleet of colorfully-painted, [Read more …]

New York City—Museums Summer 2017

sun room

New York City Museums and Galleries Cooper-Hewitt Our first visit to this museum of design was timed for its exhibit profiling the Jazz Age, with its Art Deco architecture, innovative design, art and film and the ways in which these and the contemporaneous popularization of radio had on American (and to a lesser extent, European) [Read more …]

New York City, Summer 2017

2017-06-15 13.51.54

We just returned from our semi-annual excursion to New York City. It entailed our typical diet of theater, museums, galleries, new (at least to us) restaurants, other assorted sites and attractions and miles and miles of walking. In other words, the same itinerary as all of our NYC trips. Only the names of the shows, [Read more …]

Taxco, Mexico

Taxco houses on hill

Taxco is a colonial city, cut into the side of the rugged Atatzin Mountain. It shouts its dramatic setting and its charming atmosphere of whitewashed buildings with reddish-orange Spanish tile roofs from well before you even enter the town. It gets more dramatic and charming the further you progress up the hill into the town [Read more …]

Teotihuacan: the Myths and Mysteries the Aztec Empire

balloons over pyramid

While In Mexico CIty, we ventured outside of the city to various sites. The next several blogs talk about what we saw. Teotihuacan Teotihuacan is the center of the Aztec civilization and the largest, most magnificent of all Latin-American Pre-Columbian cities. We visited Teotihuacan on our last visit to Mexico City, almost 40 years ago. [Read more …]

Mexico City Restaurants

Mexico City Restaurants While in Mexico City, we ate at numerous places Azul Historico is set in the courtyard of a beautiful Colonial building in the Historic District. Tom began lunch at this upscale traditional restaurant with a glass of Mescal. We then had guacamole with ground grasshoppers, followed with [Read more …]

Carnaval: San Francisco Style

2017-05-28 10.39.45

May 28, 2017 marked the date of San Francisco’s 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco celebration. The celebration, which is held in San Francisco’s atmospheric and traditionally (at least before highly-paid tech employees boosted real estate prices to the point that previous residents were forced to leave) Mission District. It began with a huge, multi-hour morning [Read more …]

A Sampling of Upscale and Hip Mexico City Neighborhoods

little horse

Like many cities, Mexico City has multiple interesting areas, each with its own character. This blog takes a brief look at some of those areas. Reforma Our exposure to Reforma was generally limited to the main street—Paseo de la Reforma. We walked the elegant avenue from the Historic District to Palenco. The area around the [Read more …]

Mexico City: Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec is a huge park that that is situated between Polanco and Condesa in Mexico City. It is twice the size of New York’s Central Park, much of it is open land. One section, called Bosque de Chapultepec, however, contains the vast majority of the park’s attractions and attracts huge numbers of people—especially on weekends [Read more …]