I remember seeing this place in a lot of pictures and touristic advertising making reference to Mexico City. We even got to see it in the distance when we visited the city in 2014, but to be honest, I wasn't very excited to go there. It was until a few months ago, when we came back to the city, that we thought of going there. In my head, I had the idea that this was just a symbolic tower, but we were surprised to see that there is a 360º observatory deck where you can admire a great extension of the city. But that's not the only surprising thing; the Monumento a la Revolución Mexicana has also become a type of museum where they offer guided tours. We learned a lot about the historic events that affected the construction process, design, functionality, and purpose of this place.Read More
Next to the temple of Santo Domingo, you will find the stunning Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. If you remember our last post, this magnificent place used to be a convent during the XVI and XVII century but it was taken by the military (along with the temple of Santo Domingo) in the 1800's. The church was able to recover the temple in 1902, but it wasn't the same story for the convent . The property remained under the hands of the military until 1993, suffering a lot more damage than the temple! Luckily it was restored, and today the ex convent features a large collection of historical items from the prehispanic era through the XX century. The architecture is incredible and there's so much to see and admire inside this place!Read More
Hello! We had an overwhelming week due to Thanksgiving Day last weekend and I'm just thinking of the craziness of Christmas and New Year's Day approaching soon!!! By the way, we came back from Mexico City a few weeks ago and we had a great time!!! We encountered a few bumps during our trip but nothing major. Although we didn't get to see as much as we wanted, we made it to some really cool places that left us so inspired!!! We also tried Uber for the first time and we were delighted with the service!!! But I'll tell you more about our trip in a few days. For now, I'll leave you with some pictures from our trip to Oaxaca where we visited the Templo de Santo Domingo. The architecture of this place is to die for and the details... OMG!!!Read More
Hello everyone! As we are getting ready to depart to Mexico City, it's so refreshing to look back at the pictures of our trip from last year. We decided to go during the same dates as our previous visit to the city because the weather was perfect to explore and walk around (we heard it could rain for weeks during summer months). The hotel where we stayed offers group tours to many landmarks of the city and nearby areas at a very reasonable price and we knew visiting the pyramids of Teotihuacan was a MUST DO in our list!!! So we booked a tour through the hotel and took off to explore the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and the Basilica, making Teotihuacan our last stop. The scale of the pyramids is incredible and the history it's still a mystery. No one is certain of what was the original purpose of these pyramids or what civilization built them. The Aztecs discovered this archaeological site and believed that it was built by their gods. They immediately adopted the area and used it to perform rituals and offer sacrifices to the gods.Read More
It's been a while since I wanted to share this post for Dia de los Muertos. It's one of my favorite holidays because of it's significance and of course... THE FOOD! This is the day when we get to remember our loved ones with joy and think about the memories they left behind. During my school days in Mexico, we would dedicate an altar to a historical character and research what they liked to eat, their hobbies, etc. Then, we would put together the basic elements to prepare the altar and also bring some of the favorite meals that the specific character liked. Building the altar is very interesting because each component plays a very important role. The holiday starts on November 1st to remember the infants and ends on November 2nd to celebrate the rest of our family and friends who passed away.Read More
While I was going through the pictures from our trips to Mexico City and Oaxaca, I found a folder of the day when we took a food tour with Sabores Mexico. That day we left the hotel early in the morning to take some time to walk around the Colonia Roma and explore some of the places my friend Alma recommended. Colonia Roma is a very hip neighborhood filled with awesome restaurants, bars, and small shops that are now trending in the city. As we were walking through the neighborhood we found Fournier Rousseau, a little artisan bakery located at Calle Cordova. Like I said, it was EARLY in the morning and we could smell coffee and good carbs from across the street. We were immediately drawn to this place!!!Read More
Like I said earlier on this post, Oaxaca has been one of the most visually stimulating places we have visited. From the art, traditions, architecture, and history. Everything is rich in a diversity of patterns, materials, and colors!!! Even when some buildings show a large amount of deterioration, the details are still visible and seem like they have a adopted an authentic character over the years. The predominant styles of architecture are colonial, neoclassical, and baroque. We never imagined that we would find so much inspiration in Oaxaca.Read More
According to my grandma, Mexico City has been the coolest place I have ever been in my life! That's because we had the opportunity to visit the Basilica de Guadalupe which holds a unique story and is a very important part of our culture. I grew up in a Catholic home with my grandma being the most religious member of my family. She has a strong faith in the Virgen de Guadalupe and Pope Juan Pablo II and insisted that I had to visit this place while I was in the city. The experience was amazing!!!Read More
My friend Alma, who lived in Mexico City for a few years, gave me the best recommendations to get to the most interesting places in the city. Thanks to her we were able to take advantage of our stay to the max!! On a Sunday we decided to explore the Historic Center where we found a lot of museums, buildings, the Catedral Metropolitana, and the Zocalo. Sundays are great to visit museums since the majority offer special discounts or free admission that day (Note: great tip to save money!). Besides, there's almost no traffic on the streets so it's a great day to have a relaxed walk around the city.
We got lost in the streets for a while but we didn't mind because most of the buildings in this area have very interesting details (such as the Banco de Mexico, la Casa de los Azulejos, el Palacio de Bellas Artes, etc). In between all of those buildings we found the Palacio de Correos. The architecture is incredible but once we walked in we felt like we went back in time.Read More
Hello friends! I'm a very excited because I successfully completed a semester of Italian and accomplished one of my goals for this year! I can't speak Italian fluently but at least I can't understand a lot more since it's very similar to Spanish. I haven't posted as often since I spent a big chunk of my evenings in class and studying (bummer!!!). So now I hope I can post and share more inspiration with all of you!
And to start the week right... I'm double excited to announce that the Villa Montezuma in Sherman Heights Historic District will be reopening next weekend on June 27th offering free guided tours!!! This remarkable building in San Diego has been closed for almost 10 years for restoration. I had the opportunity to attend the Old House Fair last Saturday to promote Dunn Edwards Paints and their new Then, Now, and Forever Collection featuring historic colors of the Southwestern region. The Friends of the Villa Montezuma were there as well to promote the reopening event and mentioned that they plan to offer free tours one weekend every 3 months but hope to offer more tours once the restoration is completed.Read More