06/12/09 - Mexico City, Mexico
We decide to visit the Anthropoligical Museum is Chapultepec Hill, probably the best reason to visit Mexico City. It is one of tje world´s great museums, not only for its collection, which is vast, rich and diverse but also for its design which is original and practical. According to the guidebook anyway.
It´s a monster. We spent the whole day there and still didn´t get through everything. My favourite scuulpture is a massive Toltec head that looks a bit like Ross Kemp who played grant in Eastneders.
I don´t look great in the morning...
Or in the evening...
In the evening, I went for a drink near the Zocalo. I quite like the Zocalo. At one end is the National Palace and the Supreme Court of Justice, where protesters camp out under hand-painted banners listing their grievances. Groups of policemen in blue uniforms mill around in packs, waiting to rush in should there be slightest hint of trouble. There´s extra police this weekend because they heard I was coming.
The National Palace is built on the sight of Montezuma´s palace. Montezuma was the most famous of the Aztec rulers and in reality was the last (two rulers followed, Cuitlahuac and Cuauhtemoc, but they were both Spanish puppets). Montezuma was regarded as much a god as a king and had foreseen the arrival of the Spanish - a little birdie told him - and believed that Cortes was the god-king Quetzalcoatl, returning from the east. This mistake cost him his life and allowed Cortes and his small band of men to take over the greatest city in the New World. Don´t say I didn´t learn you anything throgh this blog.
Olmec head that looks like Grant Mitchell