The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~John Greer

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen.

"I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see"

~ John Burroughs

October 31, 2006

Turibus


I was driving over Paseo de la Reforma and stopped in a pedestrian crossing and I get this shot.
The Turibus is a recommendable tour to know the Historic Centre and other significant places of the city, it takes about 2:45 Hs.
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October 30, 2006

Ready for Halloween


A gift shop found in Pachuca "The Windy City" near Mexico City
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October 29, 2006

October 28, 2006

October 27, 2006

Restaurant Los Uruguayos


A fine house, a fine restaurant in La Condesa
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October 25, 2006

October 24, 2006

Bar El Rincon. Graffiti


Another Graffiti made over the closed door of the ruins of the Bar El Rincon-Hotel Montejo, in Mexico City.
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October 22, 2006

October 21, 2006

H. Galeana with buildings in construction.


This statue continues intriguing me. I use the background to emphasize the silhouette.

October 20, 2006

October 19, 2006

Dia de Muertos / Day of The Dead

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Shop window of a candy store.

The Day of The Dead

Her face is unforgettable and she goes by many names: La Catrina, la Flaca, la Huesuda, la Pelona--Fancy Lady, Skinny, Bony, Baldy. A fixture in Mexican society, she's not some trendy fashion model, but La Muerte--Death.

Renowned writer Octavio Paz observes that, undaunted by death, the Mexican has no qualms about getting up close and personal with death, noting that he "...chases after it, mocks it, courts it, hugs it, sleeps with it; it is his favorite plaything and his most lasting love."

November 1, All Saints Day, and November 2, All Souls Day are marked throughout
Mexico by a plethora of intriguing customs that vary widely according to the ethnic roots of each region. Common to all, however, are colorful adornments and lively reunions at family burial plots, the preparation of special foods, offerings laid out for the departed on commemorative altars and religious rites that are likely to include noisy fireworks.

In most localities November 1 is set aside for remembrance of deceased infants and children, often referred to as angelitos (little angels).
Those who have died as adults are honored November 2.

From mid-October through the first week of November, markets and shops all over
Mexico are replete with the special accouterments for the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). These include all manner of skeletons and other macabre toys; intricate tissue paper cut-outs called papel picado; elaborate wreaths and crosses decorated with paper or silk flowers; candles and votive lights; and fresh seasonal flowers, particularly cempazuchiles (marigolds) and barro de obispo (cockscomb). Among the edible goodies offered are skulls, coffins and the like made from sugar, chocolate or amaranth seeds and special baked goods, notably sugary sweet rolls called pan de muerto that come in various sizes invariably topped with bits of dough shaped like bones and, in some regions, unadorned dark breads molded into humanoid figures called animas (souls). All of these goods are destined for the buyer's ofrenda de muertos (offering to the dead).

Copyright 1995 by Dale Palfrey. All rights reserved.

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October 18, 2006

October 17, 2006

Around the corner, The Blue House


An old building restored and sold as flats.
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October 16, 2006

Taxco. A short trip


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Taxco is a beautiful city in Mexico built on a hill in Guerrero. It is rich with old and new silver mines, it has narrow streets and hundreds of silver shops. It is off the toll way but it is worth the drive, it is between Acapulco and Mexico City.
The building of most importance is the temple of Santa Prisca found in the heart of the city, on the west side of the main square called Borda. The construction took place between 1751 and 1758, under the supervision of don Diego Duran. The work, both in it's magnificent façade as in it's beautiful interiors, is considered as one of the best and most extraordinary samples of the Mexican churrigueresque style. Inside it is possible to admire a rich ornamentation based on altarworks and paintings, these ones coming from the brush of Miguel Cabrera.



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Cherubs of the Temple of Santa Prisca


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Cactus


Back to the city.
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October 13, 2006

October 12, 2006

October 11, 2006