Where else in our part of the world can you indulge in world-class fusion cuisine along with traditional, handcrafted dishes like chile nogada – a deliciously engorged pablano chile smothered in creamy white sauce and topped festively with pomegranates. Or experience so many wonderful museums from the fishing hole of an affordable mid-city hotel, from the Frida Kahlo House (who knew her ashes sat there on the dresser) to the world-famous Anthropology Museum. In between, you might take a private tour of Luis Barragan’s home – an architectural masterpiece and exquisite example of mid-century Modernism. This is also a city that exudes history, starting at the ancient pyramids just outside of Mexico City, stepping into the Metropolitan Cathedral adjacent the largest public square in Latin America, then leaping forward into the future at Museo Soumaya.
No walls (unless they’re blue)
We did most of that and more in just a few days, gaining insights into art, architecture, food and collectibles that made the $300 round-trip ticket from Orange County one of our more memorable “Museum Fridays.” Turns out, the Chicago Art Institute’s upcoming “connoisseur” tour to Mexico City mirrors our itinerary to almost a T (read: those pyramids at Teotihuacán). To be sure, New York, Paris, London, Rome – each one is a legendary city vacation in its own obvious right. But for a unique blend of the traditional and avant garde, in a vibrant metropolitan setting that’s fast becoming the definition of Mesoamerican chic, you can’t beat a Mexico City excursion that’s just four hours away by plane.
Barbara will be digging deeper into the details of our quick getaway in a subsequent post, making this more of a thumbnail sketch. Before meeting her up north, I first concluded a Modern Fiber purchasing leg to Chiapas in southern Mexico – itself an extraordinary location, suitable for the more adventurous types. Drop me a line if you’re interested in exploring this region, situated in coffee country and literally woven with cultural traditions that continue to endure – and whose unique clothing and local design sensibilities have attracted our interest for years.