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November 28th, 2011
November 28th, 2011

OFF TO WARMER CLIMES AGAIN

Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City´s Centro Historica
Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City´s Centro Historica
We were determined, having spent the last winter in Canada, to return to our custom of travelling south in the cold months - for as long and as far as finances dictated.  Consequently, we left November 15th for Toronto (to visit with daughter Christina, her husband Sam and granddaughter Anahita, now two and a half).  Martyn was pleased to return our old Alma Mater, the University of Toronto, to attend a lecture by Christina on refugee youth in Africa (which is the subject of her new book, Recounting Migration).  After an all too brief but welcome visit we caught a flight on Nov. 18th direct to Mexico City.

Normally, in Mexico City we stay at the Camino Real Hotel at the airport, but decided that we needed ot explore the Centro Historico - the downtown colonial section - and so booked in to the Hotel Imperial Reforma, a fading dowager that has garnered decent reviews from fellow travellers.  This grand old edifice has been undergoing some upgrades to the sleeping accommodations - which are clean but bland - but the lobby and the main restaurant retain the charm of a bygone era. Though the self-bestowed 5 stars are perhaps stretching things a bit we enjoyed two nights and an excellent dinner here before being whisked off to catch an early bus to Veracruz, on the eastern seaboard, to visit daughter Rachel, her husband Roy, and grandchildren Roycito and Valentina.

As usual our week with the family was a round of good meals, visits to local attractions and the chance to watch Roycito (6 years old) play ´futbol´ with his team, Barcelona, against the Veracruzian version of Manchester United.  Well into the second half, Barcelona scored the winning goal.

We left Veracruz in a howling norther for the five-hour bus trip to Mexico City.   The following day, once more ensconced in the Imperial Hotel, we roamed the colonial centre of this great city visiting churches, watching sellers displaying a myriad of wares from ethnic jewellery and electric trains to copy watches and spicy Mexican dishes.  It seems in every block there exists at least one museum so on our return, just after Christmas, we hope to inspect some of this country´s rich cultural treasures.


More Images

Rachel, Roy, Roycito and Valentina with Martyn at the beach in Veracruz
Rachel, Roy, Roycito and Valentina with Martyn at the beach in Veracruz
Streets in Historic Mexico City lined with Poinsettias or in Spanich Buena Nocha
Streets in Historic Mexico City lined with Poinsettias or in Spanich Buena Nocha

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