Thursday, August 7, 2014

Our Mexico City Wish List -- Accomplished!

We were in Mexico City in February and had four things we wanted to see or do should we ever return.  So we worked on our "wish list" when we returned again to Mexico City with Andy, Heidi and their family.  Our "wishes" are numbered but not in priority order. We are happy to report that we were able to do them all.

#1 Go to the Plaza Garibaldi.  Several of our friends at the temple said we needed to go to the Plaza Garibaldi to listen to the Mariachis play.  We wandered over there one evening and it wasn't very crowded but it was fun to sit and listen to the music

#2 Visit the Ciudadala.  There is a large covered.block of about 200 artisan stores that we discovered was quite close to our hotel.  We went there one rainy afternoon to look around and were amazed by the wide variety available.

#3 See a performance at the Bellas Arts or Fine Arts Building.  It is a beautiful building and is noted for its stage with a stained glass curtain.  We happened to notice there would be a performances of the folkloric dances in Mexico.  We bought tickets and it said "no cameras" on the tickets and we think we were the only ones in the building who didn't bring a camera.  Here is a photo of the Bellas Artes building on the outside and a scanned copy of our program.  We loved the energy and colorful costumes of the up to 20 couples performing.  The program was written both in English and Spanish and explained the dances and the area of Mexico where they originated.

#4 Go to the Templo Mayor or Bigger Temple.  We heard there was a set of ruins close to the Zocalo that were worth a visit called the Templo Mayor.  We only had a little time on our last day to see them before returning to the hotel to catch a taxi back to the airport.  We hurried to walk through the outside ruins before entering the 8 floor museum.  We hurried again as we made our way through all 8 floors of the museum. "Templo Mayor was one of the main temples of the the Aztecs in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City." [wikipedia]

We thought this plaque by the Templo Mayor was interesting because it begins with questions that missionaries answer as they teach the gospel:

"Where do we come from?  Where are we going?  
This is a double problem whose resolution has been unceasingly sought for 
by  individuals and societies...."  

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