This morning I did my laundry, walked a few minutes to the Yellow Monkey and had breakfast. Then I took Uber to Parque Lincoln. From there I walked to an area called Polanco. It’s a nice area in Mexico City … Continue reading
Tag Archives: Mexico
Historic Center of Mexico City
Today started with a 4-mile Uber ride (20 minutes) to Murales de la Secretaria de Educacion Publica. There’s an amazing volume of Diego Rivera murals located here.
A few minutes walk from there is the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral.
I walked less than 20 minutes to the Palacio de Belles Artes museum. Mexico definitely values their senior citizens. I have free entry to most of the museums here.
Located next to the Palacio de Belles Artes Museum is Mexico’s oldest park, Alameda Central. There are beautiful fountains and trees in the Park.
Museo de Arte Popular is a few minutes walk from the park. This was my favorite museum today. I tend to like quirky whimsical art.
A few of the sites I saw in between my destinations.
I don’t have plans for tomorrow yet. There’s so much to see!
Chapultepec Castle and Museum
Today I decided to have a short day since I was gone for 16 hours yesterday. This morning I registered online for the Ecobici bicycle sharing program here in Mexico City. They have an annual membership for $28 and a … Continue reading
Exploring the Waters of Tolantongo
Today was a long day, I had an Uber pick me up at 5:30 a.m. for a 10 minute ride to the meeting spot for an Airbnb experience called Exploring the Waters of Tolantongo. There were two vans of us. … Continue reading
Mexico City Off the Beaten Path on Bicycle
This morning I left my Airbnb at 8:30 a.m. and walked a mile for an Airbnb experience called Mexico City off the beaten path on bicycle. There were 7 of us including the guide. After a short introduction we cycled … Continue reading
Saturday Bazaar at the Plaza San Jacinto
Today was a long day! I had an Uber pick me up at 9:30 a.m. this morning and arrived at the Saturday bazaar at the Plaza San Jacinto 30 minutes later, just as it opened. I purchased quite a few … Continue reading
Museum Day at Bosque de Chapultepec
Bosque de Chapultepec is a 1700 acre park that contains nine museums, a castle, amusement parks, winding paths, commemorative sculptures, lakes and fountains. It’s considered the first and most important of Mexico City’s “lungs”, with trees that replenish oxygen to the Valley of Mexico.
The weather turned cooler and cloudy today so I thought it would be a great day to go to three of the museums in the park. I walked almost 2 miles to Museo de Arte Moderno. I really enjoyed exploring this museum.
Next I walked 5 minutes to the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo. Luckily it was free for seniors, since there wasn’t that much to see and it was just okay.
The Museo Nacional de Antropologia was another 5-minute walk. This place is amazing, it’s on par with the museums in Washington D.C. and it’s only $5.
After walking my legs off, I stopped at a restaurant for a late lunch/ early dinner. All together I walked over 7 mi. There’s still more for me to see at the Bosque de Chapultepec.
Beautiful walk thru La Condesa and Roma, Mexico City, Mexico
I went on a 3-mile walk in my neighborhood (La Condesa) and surrounding areas (Roma) for my first day in Mexico City. I’ll be here through the month of February. My main destinations were Parque Mexico and Parque España.
Had a late lunch / early dinner at La Vineria.
I just have to remember to keep my mouth shut when I shower 😅
Solo trip to Mexico City for a month
I’m sitting in the JFK airport waiting for my flight to Mexico City. My original flight was to connect in Dallas and I would have arrived at 4:00 p.m. to Mexico City but it was canceled right before leaving for the airport because of ice storms in Dallas. I booked this flight that has a 5-hour layover and arrives at 12:15 a.m. My Airbnb is located in one of the nicest areas of the city, Condesa.
I’ll have 27 days to explore the largest city in the western hemisphere. I prepared an itinerary with places I will visit, listed below.
Bosque de Chapultepec
Museo Soumaya…America’s Park…Polanco… Parque Lincoln
Basílica de Guadalupe
Parque de la Bombilla…Plaza del Carmen…Casa del Obispo Galeria de Arte Popular…Parroquia San Jacinto…Atrio de la Parroquia San Jacinto…Bazaar Saturday
Alameda Central Park…The House of Tiles…Mirador Torre Latino…Museo de Arte…Palacio de Bellas Artes
Murales de la Secretaria de Educacion Publica…Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico…Zocalo
Parque Mexico…Plaza Luis Cabrera…Parque Espana
Fuente de Cibeles…Plaza Rio de Janeiro…Museum of the Object… Juarez neighborhood
I’m signed up to do a couple of Airbnb experiences: Waters of Tolantongo, and a 5-hour bike riding tour. There’s also a hiking experience and a canal boat experience that I most likely will purchase. I’m also hoping to spend a couple of nights in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allente.
I joined a couple of meetup.com groups, so I plan on meeting some locals. It should be an amazing trip!
2019 in Review (a little late)
2019 was a tragic and heart shattering year. It began with a trip to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. I was gone for 18 days with people I didn’t know, on an adventure tour through Intrepid Travel. After a short introduction to Santiago, Chile…
We took a bus across the Andes
And spent a couple of days at a ranch in Argentina. I took this time to recuperate from the worst intestinal bug I’d ever experienced. I had a doctor come to my hotel room because I was so ill and dehydrated. When you go through the loss of a loved one, it manifests itself physically in addition to emotionally.
We then moved onto Mendoza, Argentina (wine country), which was gorgeous.
Buenos Aires was next on the agenda. Very vibrant and busy!
Next, we visited the amazing Iguazu Falls, from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides.
Finally, we arrived in Rio de Janerio, Brazil…
It was an interesting trip, but I didn’t feel like myself. A week after arriving home, I flew to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for the annual Urban Adventures conference, and was ill there also.
In May, I moved to my lovely condo with a beautiful view of the skyline of Cincinnati from the Clubhouse/pool.
I began online dating and was beginning to feel more settled, when my only child, my beautiful boy, Justin passed in July. If you’re a parent, it’s your worst nightmare. This is the last photo of he and I taken 3 weeks before his passing.
Unless you’ve lost a child, you can’t fathom the suffering, pain, and grief you go through. He was my universe, my heart. Eleven days later I went on a solo 1,000-mile road trip to Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. I was trying to distract myself from the horrific grief.
I continued with the travels…next was Three Oaks, Michigan with my girlfriend for a long weekend, where we explored Indiana Dunes State Park.
I climbed Mt. Leconte (3,000 ft. elevation change – 11 miles roundtrip) with a friend
And on the way home, met another friend at Red River Gorge, where I spread my son’s ashes at Whittleton Arch Trail. He used to love going hiking/camping there.
I led a group on a hike nearby my condo. I found some solace in the woods.
My next trip was to Palm Springs, Joshua Tree Nat’l Park, and Death Valley Nat’l Park, California with a friend.
I finished the year with a trip to Cape Coral/Ft. Myers, Florida
I discovered the travel was a temporary shallow distraction, but I continued searching for beauty.
In between the travel, I was working hard continuing to build my company, Cincinnati Urban Adventures. We were having a great year – 2,500 passengers and I now had 7 freelance Tour Guides.
I grieved for my son and sometimes I would feel guilty that I wasn’t grieving for my husband as much. It’s odd that there’s a name for someone who has lost their spouse “widow” and lost their parents “orphan”, but the grief is so heavy and heart-wrenching, there is no word for a parent who has lost their child (only child for me – with no hopes of being a biological Grandmother).
Solo Cruise with Carnival
In 2007, when I still had brown hair, I went on my 3rd cruise, but my first solo cruise for a week and visited Belize, Roatan Island, Honduras, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico. I booked it last minute (about two weeks in advance), so instead of paying double…it only cost a third more for the single supplement. I met a group of guys/girls from New Mexico, a lady from somewhere…can’t remember where now…and a college student and her parents. I ended up hanging with the college student a lot of the time.
This is a photo of them…
I’ve always fit in with younger people…they have lots of energy like me. It was fun fixing her up with guys…there was a cute Brazilian guy that I introduced her to. I was married at the time, so only “looking” allowed for me. One night after a few drinks I got the idea for us to push each other on a luggage rack through the hallways at 2am…followed by turning the signs around on people’s doors…if they had it positioned to say, “Do Not Disturb”, we switched it to “Please Clean My Room” and vice versa…I know…pretty immature…but it was fun! Continue reading