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Walking in Zócalo, Mexico City

During one of your days in Mexico City throw yourself to the streets of the old town around the Zócalo Square. Here are some places to stop by. The Palace of Fine Arts stands at the historical centre of Mexico City, a beautiful art nouveau style palace built in the beginning of 1900s; still serves as a centre of arts & culture. Inside you can see the wall paintings, the most famous ones, Orozco’s ‘Catharsis’, Diego Rivera’s ‘Man, controller of the universe’, originally ordered by the Rockefeller Center in New York, later cancelled due to its heavy criticisms on Capitalism. From the top of the Sears Tower across the palace, you can watch the white body and its orange-yellow dome. Right behind the park behind the palace, the Alameda Park is another Mural Museum to see Diego Rivera’s murals… If you walk on the 5 de Mayo Avenue that connects the Fine Arts Palace and the Zócola Square, you will see many bookstores, music stores, shops and at the corner the House of Tiles, a nice house covered in its exterior with blue tiles which is today a restaurant of a popular brand, you may walk in and have your lunch. I continue to visit a traditional coffee house to do my touristic duties for a while. Before I leave the city, I am sipping my last coffee at the famous café of the city, Café de Tacuba on the parallel street Calle de Tacuba. The white aprons of the waiters, the paintings on the walls, milky coffees in tall glasses, and my post cards on the table. It is as if I am myself inside the post card…I am writing down the addresses on my list and sending my greetings to everyone in my best words. My destination is the post office, which is around 300 meters from here: Palacio Postal. Hang on, is this place really a post office? In our country a building as beautiful as this one would probably be converted into a hotel …On my last day I am having both the surprising joy and a bit of sadness while discovering new places. It turns out this city has definitely other places worth a longer visit.