MEXICO CITY DAY 2 – ENOUGH FOR FOUR BLOGS

Feb 24, 2014by tracey Comments

This is a first. I just uploaded all my photos from today and I filed them into folders for four blogs. In all my travels I have never done that. They broke down into – Food –  Colors -Today – Faith.

There is so much going on here. I know I said it yesterday, but it’s the closest I’ve felt to India in terms of the visual stimulation, the spiritual tsunami, the spicy, sweetness of the food, the sensual assault. It’s no wonder both suffer from over population.

Today we really focused on devotion, one in the form of devotion to The Virgin Mary, by way of the Villa de Guadalupe. It is the holiest Roman Catholic Shrine in Latin America. And it also gets the most visitors of any  Catholic Church in the world.

It is far from the prettiest I have ever seen. In fact the Nueva Basilica that was built in 1976 looks like something that might exist in Arkansas. But without question, again the Indian reference, outside of India I have never been surrounded by so much pure religious veneration in one space. Two hundred and fifty thousand people go there on Sunday. Today was a Sunday. It’s pulsating with faith, belief, sadness, poverty and exaltation. At one point I stood in the middle of the square and cried from the sheer power of all that love: The pure love and belief  these people have for the Virgin Mary.

Personally, that is not my belief. It is perhaps the biggest problem I have with embracing Christianity. But,as I told Riccardo, the gentleman who guides us all around – I believe in belief. And when I am enveloped in it I let its power overwhelm me.

From there we we found our way to  The Museo Frida Kahlo. A shrine for those who worship Frida Kahlo: Who has become somewhat of  a secular saint here and throughout the world.

What is now the Museo was the home she was born in and painted most of her greatest works. It is also where she lived with Diego Rivera. It is filled with their collections, art, furniture and iconic things like her clothing and sunglasses.

We went to the Studio where he painted and she spent time, which has also been turned into a museum

We broke for lunch and visited a few open markets. It was a packed day and Mexico sits at a high altitude, very high, 7,200 feet. So it takes a bit of getting used to.   The end of the day margarita helps.

No matter where we are, we start the day out at the gym. This is a very nice one that looks out on the city.
No matter where we are, we start the day out at the gym. This is a very nice one that looks out on the city.
The Old Basilica that dates back to the 15th Century. As you can see it's sliding down a bit.
The Old Basilica that dates back to the 15th Century. As you can see it’s sliding down a bit.
Nueva Basilica. This is the one everyone goes to. Riccardo said people are afraid the other one might cave in.
Nueva Basilica. This is the one everyone goes to. Riccardo said people are afraid the other one might cave in.

 

People walk on their knees to prove their devotion in hopes that their prayers will be answered.
People walk on their knees to prove their devotion in hopes that their prayers will be answered.

 

People come from all over Mexico. They bring symbols of their Virgin Marys to get blessed.
People come from all over Mexico. They bring symbols of their Virgin Marys to get blessed.
A man carrying his Virgin Mary.
A man carrying his Virgin Mary.
This is the giant Virgin Mary that hangs in the New part. You can't tell how big it is by the photo. An moving walkway runs in front of it so people can take pictures.
This is the giant Virgin Mary that hangs in the New part. You can’t tell how big it is by the photo. An moving walkway runs in front of it so people can take pictures.

 

This gives a small glimpse as to how packed it was. And the space is enormous This is one corner.
This gives a small glimpse as to how packed it was. And the space is enormous This is one corner.
Candles brought and left.
Candles brought and left.

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Kids are everywhere, they have ways of getting them to be blessed as well.
Kids are everywhere, they have ways of getting them to be blessed while getting a photo op in.
We climbed up a hill to another chapel that dates back to 1531. A long story of how it came to be.
We climbed up a hill to another chapel that dates back to 1531. A long story of how it came to be.

 

View from the top
View from the top
Hard to tell this was packed too.
Hard to tell this was packed too.

 

There was dancing.
There was dancing.
The Virgin in the mountain they all flock to as well.
The Virgin in the mountain they all flock to as well.
Lines were around the block. We managed to avoid them. Don't ask.
Lines were around the block. We managed to avoid them. Don’t ask.

 

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Dining Room. I could have taken photos of the art, but you can see that in books.
Dining Room. I could have taken photos of the art, but you can see that in books.
Diego Rivera's overalls in his room.
Diego Rivera’s overalls in his room.

 

Bed Trotsky slept in and Diego died in. Some history there.
Bed Trotsky slept in and Diego died in. Some history there.

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Frida's desk.
Frida’s desk.

 

Her easel given to her by Nelson Rockefeller. She painted from the wheelchair.
Her easel given to her by Nelson Rockefeller. She painted from the wheelchair.

 

Her paints.
Her paints.

 

Her bed.
Her bed.

 

Skeleton above her bed.
Skeleton above her bed.

 

Her corsets and devices to keep her back straight.
Her corsets and devices to keep her back straight.
She lost one of her legs four years before her death. This was her fake one.
She lost one of her legs four years before her death. This was her fake one.

 

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Her shoe
Her shoe
Her sun glasses
Her sun glasses
A girl dressed up like Frida was wandering around.
A girl dressed up like Frida was wandering around.
We found her out side.
We found her out side.

 

And while we were at it.
And while we were at it.
Courtyard
Courtyard
At two we stopped for lunch here.
At two we stopped for lunch here.

 

San Angel Inn
San Angel Inn
Across from the restaurant is Diego and Frida's studio.
Across from the restaurant is Diego and Frida’s studio.

 

The main room.
The main room.
Tiny Kitchen.
Tiny Kitchen.

 

Where he worked.
Where he worked.
His table with paints.
His table with paints.
Paint swatches.
Paint swatches.
Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

 

Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo