Mexico City (CDMX) is one of the most bustling, interesting cities on the planet – at least in my opinion. One of my favorite friends and I added 2 days in CDMX at the end of a 5 day, Day of the Dead excursion to Chiapas (more on that later). Since we were only here for a brief time, we had to pack in as much as possible.
First off, the level of COVID precautions were far more strict than we have here in Colorado. People wore masks outside, nearly every restaurant and store required hand sanitizer upon entry, foot sanitizer pads were present every now and again, a fine mist of something or other was sprayed on our clothing and temps were taken. When we got our COVID test to re-enter the US, all I was thinking is there was NO possible WAY I could have gotten it in Mexico.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite snaps from our whirlwind visit to this fine city. The lens on my phone was constantly covered in sweat, so some of these images are not the most clear. lol.
We did ALOT of walking – soaked in all of the local anomalies and walked the treelined streets of the Roma Norte neighborhood and the downtown area. I’m not quite sure of the story behind the woman in white, but there was a photographer snapping photos of her, so of course, I had to also.
As you inch closer to downtown and then in and around the main public square (zocalo), you start to see some pretty unbelievable architecture – churches, doors, etc. We of course found a few ofrendas de Dia de Los Muertos along the way.
There was a Friday market in the downtown zocalo. One could buy all kinds of tchotchkes but scoping out the food scene was far more intriguing. Tons of vendors were selling pretty amazing looking food, minus the bowl of grasshoppers. We did get a taste of some sort of string cheese….um, it had a weird taste to it, so it didn’t stay in the mouth too long!
We had some outstanding meals in our short time there. It’s tough to get reservations in the top hotspots (Pujol and Quintonil) – you usually have to secure a resy a couple of months (if not further) in advance. However, we found some goodies wandering around the Roma Norte neighborhood: Rosetta for some Mexican/Italian fare set in a historic mansion with a bright courtyard full of greenery; Casa Virginia Monica Patino for fancy Mexican also set in a historic mansion with clean lines and white walls; and Contramar for dessert, an incredibly BUSY, hip (too hip for us – lol) restaurant packed tit to elbow with people – at seemingly all hours of the day. Rosetta and Contramar are usually at the top of the list of places to “see and be seen”, so we felt pretty lucky for the experience. The service was impeccable and the food, incredible.
We fell asleep to our favorite movie – Coco – both nights we spent in our hotel. The BEST movie ever made to illustrate what Dia de Los Muertos is all about. I walked away from this trip with a tremendous amount of gratitude for all of the good things in life and extremely dry cuticles (from copious amounts of hand sanitizer).
I texted N when we got back home to make sure she was alright and didn’t have poopie britches from the string cheese – her reply was, “Feel like a happy lady with such wonderful, curious friends. No poopie britches for me.”
Best trip ever…
..i choose this…