A relatively short trip to Mexico, joining seven other women in a foodie tour. Arriving early in Mexico City, I went to Xochimilco. Ever since writing a report on Mexico in fifth grade, I had wanted to see the "floating gardens."
The Museum of Archaeology is fascinating, not only for its art, but for the open architecture, recreations of site (like the pyramid on the left) but the gardens the galleries open on to, and the careful explanations, often in English, of the culture being explored. Very much worth a long morning.
And the park at its doorstep, with its native dancers, medicine men, flying acrobats, was a treat.
Our tour group met in the evening and the next day took a long walkabout around the cathedral, the Xocalo, etc - and then went to the Ballet Folklorica in the evening.
Puebla was our first stop. It is a charming city and I enjoyed walking around it the next morning.
Oaxaca was next. Our hotel was nothing if not leafy, and within walking distance of the Casa Crespo cooking school. However, I did not go on the afternoon walk to the center of town (too hot, too far) so I didn't get as much of a feel for Oaxaca as I had hoped. Next time...
And finally, a loonnng drive over the Sierra Madre mountains to the Pacific Coast, stopping at a market for a breakfast of barbacoa, at the prehistoric site Mitla, and at a agave distillery to see the making of mescal.
We stayed in Puerto Ángel on the coast, had a class in the making of ceviche, took a long dawn ride in the ocean to catch fish and look for whales visited Mazunte and Zipolite, and finally departed back to Mexico City.