Day 2 – 21st April 2018 – Mexico City

We woke early and had a quick breakfast if fruit, scrambled eggs and pancakes at our hotel. The view from our balcony is nothing special, but on the 18th floor everything looks quite different.

The balcony rail didn’t feel that high and definitely gave my knees the wobbles!

After breakfast we walked along the road to Monumento de Independencia, more commonly called Angel after the statue high on a column.

Here we joined a hop on hop off bus tour of the city to try and get our bearings. Just before this, when I tried to buy tickets online, I realised that I must have left my back card in the cash machine. So, after reaching my steps and concluding that it wasn’t there I had to call the bank to stop it.

Hemiciclo a Juarez

The day was bright but you could already see the haze caused by the fumes collecting in the valley bowl that Mexico City sits in!

The bus meandered around the Centro Historic for almost 3 hours and despite it being hop on and off, we decided to stay on!

We passed a number of places that we decided we needed to go back to later, including:

Columbus statue (with his arm pointing in the direction of Spain!)
Hemiciclo a Juarez
Bronze statue of a horse, supposedly the second largest bronze statue in the world!
Torre cobballio (replaced the bronze horse statue above when it was moved!)
Statue in plaza Madrid which is an exact copy of one in Madrid and was given to the City as a mark of friendship
The national lottery building built in an art Deco style
The first ‘skyscraper’ in Mexico
Palacio de Bella Artes

By the time we completed a circuit it was time for some food so we stayed on until the Zocalo where we found out way up to a restaurant on the 5th floor overlooking the square.

The food was unmemorable, but the beer was cold and the views from our table impressive!

Cathedral

We headed back to the bus and took the Basilica route to end up at the Basilica dear Guadeloupe.

The bus stopped and we were warned that there would be a 20 delay. So, as it was baking hot on the top deck we decided to try out the metro. For 20p (not each) returned to out hotel for a shower and change.

At 6pm we meet up with our tour leader ‘Valleria’ for an induction of our trip. There appear to be 13 on our trip (mostly Aussies). After our orientation meeting we all went for some food at a local ‘locals’ bar. After food we were all pretty tired and so headed upstairs for an early night!

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  1. Well certainly an all seeing first day! Sights somehow not what I expected so wetting my appetite for the rest. Glad the bank blip was your not mine as I know you won’t have panicked. Hope group is a good one. Take care xx

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