Mexico City: Chapultepec

A place that everyone from Mexico City (or who has ever visited Mexico City) recommended was Bosque de Chapultepec, and I can see why: it’s huge and beautifully relaxing! Think Grand Central Park in New York, but with The Mexican touch (and a castle). Mexico city is known for having a large number of museums of great content: old content, restored content, new content, and specially historical content. Although we didn’t get a chance to visit all, or even most of them, we did get to skim through some very neat ones, amongst them Castillo Chapultepec.

tumblr_n19ahx3tri1tsb7lzo1_1280Chapultepec (meaning on grasshopper hill) was a sacred place for the Aztecs, later the Spaniards built a castle which has had different uses throughout the centuries and was inhabited by different people, eventually becoming a museum thanks to Lazaro Cárdenas. The museum is basically an illustrated cliff-notes go at all of Mexico’s history, so it houses a lot of information and a lot of historical artefacts. And beautiful gardens to sit around and just enjoy the view.

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The thing that impressed me the most, though, was the luxuries that those who inhabited the castle allowed themselves, or at least thought they deserved. The biggest example is Maximilian. Although he was practically a puppet emperor for France, the man still kept his high standards and rode on a carriage that was both out of his century and beyond his worth. My concern was that of what a leader though (and some still think) they deserve in exchange for their “”services””. Do they really NEED to ride on a carriage (car, bed, home, what have you) that could feed a family for longer than they will ride along the city? But anyways, no politics here! Nope! This is the last of a political complaint that I will make, promise.

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We were able to re-appreciate all that our country has gone through, how much it’s grown, and how much lays ahead for it to get even better. Like all countries, it’s got rich history, messy politics, a little danger here and there, but overall a lot to share. It all depends on the angle of the light that you stage it on.

 

P.S. If you ever go to Chapultepec, get there early! It takes all day to enjoy it! And I say skim because we have a limited amount of attention span and four-ish hours of museum content can get tiresome

 


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