Aug 7, 2011, 4:40 PM
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Thanks to everybody for the help with my trip. It was just great. I spent all of July, and here's what I did, in abbreviated/list format. What an amazing city!
Re: [Maesonna] A MONTH in Mexico City!
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Worst meal: Café Tacuba
Most disappointing meal: Azul Condesa
Most pleasant dining surprise: A super Coq au Vin at Bistro La Gloria (?) in Condesa
Most ridiculously abundant type of restaurant in Condesa: French Bistro
Best Churro: The Churro place in Coyoacan in between the Plaza and Frida’s Blue House.
Worst Churro: The other Churro place on the other side of the Plaza in Coyoacan. Just nasty. Inedible.
Best Taco: The variation on Tacos al Pastor at Tacos “El Griego” in Condesa on Michoacan
Best day on a watercraft: Xochimilco – FUN, but only with a group! The trajineras with only a couple of people looked sad.
Best Park: Parque Mexico (Condesa); second best: Parque Lincoln (Polanco).
Random fun day: La Reforma on pedestrian/bycicle Sunday
Most pleasant museum surprise: Joaquin Clausell’s studio at the Museum de la Ciudad, an otherwise nothing museum. His studio is one giant mosaic of paintings on all the walls, floor to ceiling, that took 30 years to do. Amazing.
Worst serendipitous moment: Being locked out of the apartment all night on a rainy, cold night. Elevator was broken, and person I rented from failed to give me a full set of keys, so couldn't use secondary door. Ugh to her.
Best serendipitous moment: Wandering into Plaza del Angel just as the 17-and-under Mexican National Futbol Team was arriving during their World Championship parade.
Biggest surprise: Seeing myself and friends in the cover photo of several Mexico City dailies at the above mentioned championship celebration. (see attached "Where's Waldo?" photo....no really, I can actually see myself and my friends in the print version of the photo!)
Undoubtedly interesting neighborhood I still haven’t figured out how to enjoy: Roma
Best, lucky find: A map printed by the CITY tourism department that shows all the streets in the centro historico and indicates what their specialties are: the wedding dress street, the lamparas street, the muebles street, etc. Also has walking tour routes and great graphics.
Building I just can’t get over even after seeing it several times: Palacio de Correos
Favorite bookstore: Cafebreria El Péndulo – Roma location on A. Obregon
Second favorite bookstore: Fondo Culturaeconomica, Condesa.
Biggest exercise in futility: Trying to see the Tiffany curtain at Belles Artes. Still haven’t seen it in four tries.
Bad/Good bank experience: Losing my atm card to a machine that ate it – was my fault; being thankful Bank of America delivered me a new card by Fedex just two days later.
Worst traffic: Taxi between Polanco and Condesa
The thing I don’t need to see again for at least a year or ten: Argentinian Grill restaurant
The one thing I wanted to buy but couldn’t find: UNAM sweatshirt
Most frightening/uncomfortable moment: none
And here's a list of things I did with a month in Mexico City:
-Monte de Piedad (National Pawn Shop HQ on Zocalo)
La Catedral Metropolitana
Palacio Nacional (great year-long museum exhibition for bicentenario)
Museo de Caricaturas (?) – funky but fun
Museo de Estanquillo – really well done exhibit, but not what I was hoping to see
Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso – great, just great
Palacio Belles Artes
Palacio de Correos – just can’t get over the place, interior and exteriors
Museo de Arte Popular (Wow! What a beautifully done museum!)
Museo de Antropología (It’s all been said before)
Museo de la Ciudad (Joaquin Clausell studio)
Museo Dolores Olmedo
Frida’s Blue House and Coyoacan neighborhood on a weekend
Bazar Sabado in San Angel
Casa de Azulejos
Teatro Insurgenetes (exterior)
Art Walk in Roma on Sunday (Alvaro Obregon)
The lobby of the Gran Hotel (wow, and that tiffany ceiling!)
Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana (not much here, but interesting to me just being where she was)
Xochimilco – Now that’s a floating party on Sundays…
Bycicle/Pedestrian Sundays on La Reforma (fun! And not just for those on bikes)
El Péndulo – Bookstore with really interesting and indiosyncratic collection
Fondo Culturaeconomica (Condesa…wow!)
Lincoln Park, Polanco
Wandering backstreets of el Centro Historico
(This post was edited by tashby on Aug 7, 2011, 4:50 PM)