Clue #1: We went to see our good friends the Pratts who are living thereClue #2: We had really some good food(Easter Breakfast)(I can't remember what these are called but its corn on the cob smothered in mayo, cheese and chili powder)(Tostada bar at a neighborhood market. . . mmmm)
Clue #3: And some pretty strange food
(Yup, those are fried grub worms. . . and what looks like couscous is actually ant eggs)(but Wendy liked it!)The weird thing is, those grubs and ant eggs were served at one of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever seen where macaws and toucans and peacocks entertain the guests (especially the kids) in the amazing open garden and courtyard. . . maybe they fed us the bird food by mistake. . .
Clue #4: We did some shoppingClue #5: We saw an amazing array of architecture
a castle built by one of Napolean's brothers. . .a modern mecca where pilgrams flock from all over the country to see this miraculous image. . .
To ancient meccas where temples stand today as majestic as they did 800 years ago. . . (that might have just given it away. . .)
Clue #6: We played at a state of the art playground and went to one of the best zoos in the world (if you ask me!)(oh, and Lucy got kissed by a french boy named Simon!)
Clue #7: We were there for Holy Week, or Semena Santa (the week leading up to Easter) and witnessed the religious fervor and pageantry of the faithful
. . . and a near riot when the crowded square emptied in a matter of seconds when a transformer blew somewhere down the procession and terrified thousands of people ran to the relative safety of tiny winding streets. We happened to be in a restaurant watching the festivities fromt he second floor when this panic riot hit . . . one of the strangest, most surreal events of my life.
Clue #8: We went to Frieda and Diego's houses(okay, that one is not at their house, its a mural at a government palace)
Clue #9: One week after we were there, President Obama was there. . . and stayed in a hotel we could see from Annie and Emron's balcony.
Clue #10: One week after that, the swine flu broke out. Don't worry, the Laws and the Pratts are all okay. Annie and the girls evacuated to Virginia for a while to be with her family and Emron is our live correspondant from _____ who says that fantastic zoo and playground are shut down, the subways and restaurants are closed and noone is going to work. So in a city of 22 million people, there is suddenly no traffic and nothing to do.
Clue #11: And if all that hasn't given it away yet, this will. . . some of my souvenirs: luchadores action figures from lucha libre! Yes, we went and saw the real deal and it was an absolute blast. We sat about three rows back from ring-side, people were back-flipping and flying over the ropes right at us. Amazing.Alright, alright. . . you guessed it! We went to Mexico City and some surrounding towns (Taxco and Cuernovaca) and had a wonderful time. It far exceded my expectations and I would recommend it as a vacation destination to anyone.
(I was fascinated with the little drawings in the Aztec and Mayan codex's that we saw in the museums.)Xochimilco is known as the Venice of the Western Hemisphere, but I disagree. I don't think Venice has ever seen such a party, even in the middle of carnival. The canals were packed with boats, some with traveling mariachis and bands competing to be the loudest. Boats held up to twenty people and food cart and souvenir boats would pull up along side selling their goods. . .
Thanks, Mexico City! We love you!