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Zonked for  24 hours, to recover from “Jet Lag”  The usual headache, and lethargy, plus stuffed up nose and sore throat. So did absolutely nothing today. However,  managed to drag myself out of bed on Wednesday for a “mooch” around downtown Mexico City. First impressions were generally positive with a good “vibe” around the old city centre, squares and thoroughfares.

 

Mexicans tend to smile easily and are helpful. There seems to be a huge prevalence of small shops and artisanal establishments conducting their business in a frenzied cadence of business activity. The “Mall” type shopping environment does not appear to have made its presence felt, as yet.However, one does notice a huge Police and uniformed Security presence in  “downtown” areas, perhaps indicative of a thriving subculture. Mexico has a population of 120 million people, of which around 9 million live in Mexico City.

12.04.18 Travelled NE of Mexico City to an ancient pyramid complex Teotihuacan. The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest building in the Teotihuacan complex, which is believed to have been constructed about 200 BC, and one of the largest in Mesoamerica. I subsequently read that weirdly, the Sun Pyramid is aligned perfectly along a line of axis of 33 degrees with the Pyramid at Giza in Egypt to the horizontal plane! Furthermore, that the Great Pyramid at Giza  aligned with the three brightest stars in Orion’s Belt eighteen days before 12.21.12. People were predicting all kinds of cataclysms,….but nothing happened. So all nonsense, I guess.

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Perseus slaying of Medusa (Dali).

Visited a Salvador Dali static al fresco exhibition. The classic Melting Watch was in evidence, as was the Slaying of Medusa. Both beautifully executed and delightful to see.

14.04.18 Meandered down town and came across a bijou Sushi restaurant called Ah Un in Calle Motolinia, Centro Historico. Apparently they do great cocktails, however, I stuck to a house red Merlot and Sushi.

Headed down to Acapulco tomorrow. Should get there mid afternoon.

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Acapulco Bay hotels.

15.04.18 Mexico City lies on a high central plateau, altitude 7249ft above sea level. One is really unaware of the altitude until one makes the 6 hours trip by road to the coast. It is a constant descent through scrubland, deep red rift valley redzina and hair pin bends. Got into Acapulco at 14:00 pm. Checked in at the Nilo Hotel.

17.04.18 Spent the day sunbathing around the rooftop pool in C30 temperatures, and the tan is deepening.

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Left Manchester on the 12.03.16 at 17:20 and landed at Aeropuerto Madrid Barajas at 21:00 local time. Made it to the first of two “Airbnb” domiciles to accommodate us just east of the city and a short subway ride away from the  centre. I was looking forward to the forthcoming ten day stay with relish. The prospect of viewing art work, sculptures and architecture redolent of the height of Spanish hegemony was intriguing.

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

A variety of architectural styles and periods.

A variety of architectural styles and periods.

After taking a “City bus Tour” to orient oneself around the city, (well worth seventeen euro fee) the remainder of the first full day was spent just meandering around the squares, shops, markets and taking in the architectural treats of the “built environment”. A “must see” on my list was the Prado Art Gallery, where I was looking to see classical and neo classical works by El Greco(1541-1614, Jose Antonio Zapata (1763-1837), Diego Velazquez (1638) and Pedro de Mena (1628-1688). Unfortunately, one is prohibited from taking pictures inside the Prado but just seeing the works was a thrill.

On a subsequent day I had resolved to go to the “la Rein Sofi” gallery for modern and contemporary art. Here I would be able to see works by Picasso, Miro, and Salvador Dali.

Dali

Dali

The first surrealist exhibition was held in the Gallery Pierre Paris in 1925. This brought together artists such as Max Ernst,Jean Arp,Andre Masson, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. There was an intense exchange of views in a feverishly artistic climate at the time which conspired to create the movement.

"Shout" by Fernando Zobel. 1961

“Shout” by Fernando Zobel. 1961

Had a novel experience by taking a tour on a Segway two wheeled central city tour. What a great experience! After some tuition, one quickly becomes adept and grows with confidence in managing and steering the vehicle with some aplomb. Before one realises, mastery  a new modality of city transportation is acquired.
I love the ambiance, and vibe in Madrid. The subway is really easy to navigate and access to various parts of the city is easy. The cultural offerings are wonderful and there is a vibrant night life.

Today we flew down to Dali in Yunnan province.We had booked in at the Jade Emu. Dali receives many Chinese tourists and its handy-crafts and marble are highly prized.Whilst here we took the opportunity of going out with fishermen to ta ke part in some Cormorant fishing. Very enjoyable, although sad to see that their wings had been clipped and throats spiked so that they didn’t fly away and didn’t eat the fish that they were catching.

We didn’t spend too long in Dali as we were minded to get up to Lijiang, from where we would go further 37miles north in order to find the Jinsa river one of the main rivers feeding into the Yangtze which has cut one of the deepest gorges in the world and where we intended walking for 2/3 days along a high path along a section called,”The Tiger Leaping Gorge”.

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