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

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Xochimilco - Looking Out





Xoloitzcuintle / Mexican hairless dog 





Xochimilco, the borough is centered on the formerly independent city of Xochimilco, which was established on what was the southern shore of Lake Xochimilco in the pre-Hispanic period. Today, the borough consists of the eighteen “barrios” or neighborhoods of this city along with fourteen “pueblos” or villages that surround it, covering an area of 125 km2 (48 sq mi). While the borough is somewhat in the geographic center of the Federal District, it is considered to be “south” and has an identity separate from the historic center of Mexico City. This is due to its historic separation from that city during most of its history. Xochimilco is best known for its canals, which are left from what was an extensive lake and canal system that connected most of the settlements of the Valley of Mexico. These canals, along with artificial islands called chinampas, attract tourists and other city residents to ride on colorful gondola-like boats called “trajineras” around the 170 km (110 mi) of canals. This canal and chinampa system, as a vestige of the area’s pre-Hispanic past, has made Xochimilco a World Heritage Site. [Wiki]

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7 comments:

Jo said...

Fabulous post for Theme day, love the father and son laying down looking out

LOLfromPasa said...

A wonderful collection, as ever.

MARTY said...

you live in such a colorful country Carraol ! wonderful..
the dog has some hair on his head and a funny haircut !
bye Carraol

Jim said...

Very colourful.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Nice!! I love pictures with happy people! Great job ;-)

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BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Great collection for theme day, such vivid colours.

Sciarada said...

Ciao Carraol, color, joy and beauty, a place that absolutely must be visited.
Happy Advent to you and your loved ones!