Thursday, July 2, 2015

ON THE ROCKS: Mexico City's Geology Museum



The following is an excerpt from the latest edition of my guidebook 'Mexico City: an Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler'. It is from Walking Tour #6 which takes you from the Monumento de la Revloución, through Colonias San Rafael and Santa Maria la Ribera, ending up at the spectacular Vasconcelos Library. If you would like a copy of the full tour, send me an email: jimjohnstonart@gmail.com 


On the far left corner of the Alameda, up from the Salon París, is the Museo de Geología (closed Mondays), one of the most elegant buildings in all of Mexico City—the time-warp interior could be a set for a Steven Spielberg movie. The grand cast-iron staircase leads up to a land-ing decorated with paintings and stained glass panels by famed 19th-century artist José María Velasco, whose panoramic landscape paintings can be seen in the Museo Nacional. (The staircase is usually roped off, but if it’s not busy and you ask nicely, they may let you go up.) 


















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Monday, June 22, 2015

Parque México gets a Facelift


Parque México, an oasis in the heart of Colonia Condesa, is one of the loveliest spots in all of Mexico City--and one of the greenest places in town, too, with lots towering palms and banana trees, some now almost 100 years old, providing shade along the meandering pathways.  

After years of delays, the chipped and faded paint, crumbling columns and grafitti-covered walls of the Foro Lindbergh, the large public space that lies in the middle of Parque México, have finally been repaired. There's also  new area for the colonia's many pampered dogs, and some new playground equipment for the kids. 

It's a great place for moment of tranquility during the week. On weekends things get livelier with frequent music events, outdoor movies, tango classes and more. If you've just spent an hour in traffic on the periferico and are hating Mexico City this place is the perfect antidote. 



A shady walkway



Hanging out in the Foro Lindbergh



new lanterns, old cactus detail


junk food




To see more photos of Parque Mexico click the link below:

https://plus.google.com/photos/104722146490116474060/albums/6137756065460626337

Walking Tour #9 in the new edition of my book leads you in and around Parque Mexico. For a free copy of the tour write to me at jimjohnstonart@gmail.com--or buy the book (with 3 more walking tours of Colonia Condesa) on Amazon--click HERE.