As they say in Mexico, My Home is Your Home.
With the 2007 Miss Universe Pageant hype just beginning to dissolve comes another colorful and equally beautiful attraction– the place that played host to the aforementioned beauty pageant, Mexico City!
(You guys knew this was coming, didn’t you?! Hehehe ~:> )
You may think that Mexico, particularly its capital Mexico City, is just another home to piñatas and sombreros. Sorbetes, even! But that’s where you’re wrong. Mexico City is actually one of the world’s largest cities with a population that plays around 19 million. 19 million people with 19 million different ideas isn’t the only thing that makes Mexico City so diverse. Did you guys know that the city alone holds a world record for museums? There are 150 to be exact.
Some of the most famous museums include the Museo Nacional de Antropologia or the National Museum of Anthropology. It is certainly one of the finest of its kind in the world and houses the famous Aztec Sun Stone. On the other hand, if you crave for something a little more modern, you can pay the Museo de Arte Moderno or the Museum of Modern Art which has painting, lithography, sculpture and photography by exceptional modern artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo.
Both museums (among others) are conveniently located in Chapultepec Park. The one and only castle built in the American continent is also in the same park. Castillo de Chapultepec or Chapultepec Castle sits atop the Chapultepec Hill and has a lot of history attached to it. As a trivia of sorts, Chapultepec Castle was also the setting for one of Leonardo Di Caprio’s most memorable movies, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.
The wide variety of food circulating in Mexico City certainly ups its spiciness factor. With colors that could contest fiesta banderitas, Mexico City cuisine promises a most exciting adventure all on its own. Think: edible cactus! Aside from the traditional and organic, there are also other international cuisines available. One traditional standout is the 94-year-old Cafe de Tuba. Its architecture brings customers back in time and the food holds the taste of true Mexican flavor.
If you fancy something livelier, the city offers the world’s largest bullring in Plaza Mexico and the Estadio Azteca, the world’s biggest soccer stadium.
Mexico City certainly has a wonderful mix of the past and the present. The places mentioned in this article are only a handful compared to the actual number of attractions in the city. Perhaps, I will be given a chance to create a more in-depth looking glass for all you guys in the future.