Category Cultural Attractions (Museums, Historical Sites, Etc.)

Mexico: Mexico City – Part Six

November 19 – 22 Navigating that next morning was made easier as we were to meet our tour group at the front steps of the Palacio de Bellas Artes.  Using our knowledge of the metro system this time around, we were able to locate a station a bit closer to the site making for a […]

Mexico: Mexico City – Part Five

November 19 – 22 We left the cathedral and walked over to the National Palace, the seat of the federal government in Mexico.  This site has been a palace for the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec Empire and much of the current palace’s building materials are from the original one that belonged to […]

Mexico: Mexico City – Part Four

November 19 – 22 We found navigating the Mexico City Metro system to be fairly easy and enjoyed traveling on it with one exception; during certain times of the day it could become unbearably crowded, the bane of any large train system.  A number of times we had to almost force ourselves into a car […]

Mexico: Mexico City – Part Three

November 19 – 22 We left the Museo and found ourselves a place to sit and view the procession now coming down Ave. de la Reforma.  Much to Joanna’s delight, we’d hit that portion of the parade featuring legions of horses, the riders all decked out in costumes saluting their region, or the occupation they […]

Mexico: Mexico City – Part Two

November 19 – 22 The Museo Nacional Anthropolgia, the largest and most visited museum in Mexico, is located in Chapultepec Park, one of the biggest city parks in the Western Hemisphere, measuring just over 1,695 acres (Central Park in NYC is 842 acres, Griffith Park in L.A. is 4,300 acres).  Centered on a rock formation […]

Egypt, Part Thirteen

November 6 – 17 After lunch, we arrived at the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan and Mosque of Al-Refaei (Royal Mosque) both located at the same site.  Our first stop would be at Sultan Hassan, which along with its Madrassa (Arabic word for any type of educational institution, secular or religious, whether for elementary instruction or […]

Egypt, Part Twelve

November 6 – 17 We left for the train station and after arriving sat in a café nursing a cold drink until departure time.  Boarding and finding our sleeper berth now seemed familiar and we settled in to wait for dinner, which would be similar to that we’d been served on the way to Aswan, […]