I had it all planned out the night before. Every stop we would have to go to, every line we would have to use, and even every transfer we would make. All of it was going to cost us a whole 40 pesos which is just around $3! Here is the list and the pesos it was going to take us to do this.
Yes, apparently I can't spell museum without spellcheck. So as you see we had a busy day ahead of us. First up an art museum, then a church, and finally Wal-Mart! This was going to be our first foreign Wal-Mart. I could hardly stand the wait to get there!
Turns out it was pretty much like all other Wal-Marts. So I was a little disappointed. Things were a little cheaper and they had a few name brand things that you can't find in American Wal-Marts but all in all, the same.
As most of our outings start, we had to eat first. All over Mexico City there is a chain restaurant called Vips. All the menus say that this is the cafeteria of Mexico! I would compare to Denny's. It is the Mexican Denny's. And just like Denny's it was overpriced but had decent food.
We had that beautiful basket of non-free pan de dulce or sweet breads put on our table without us asking for it. We ate them all. They are just too wonderful to pass up!! It is a very good thing that we end up walking a lot on these trips or we would just be packing on the pounds!!
We ordered off the breakfast side of the menu and they had some interesting options. Frankie went with the Cuban Baguette. That sandwich had a huge hunk of cheese, ham, egg, and bacon on it with an accompaniment of breakfast fries. (Ok, I made up the name of the breakfast fries, but there were fries served to us from the breakfast menu!)
I had a ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg shining through. I really thought the egg would be more fried than it was or I wouldn't have ordered it. The sad thing is that there was even a picture on the menu of this sandwich, so I knew EXACTLY what it would look like. Again, I thought it might be more fried and not so icky runny.
Mexico City is NOT setup for tourism. The metro stops are not near anything. We had to walk quite a bit every time, but it is what it is. The walk does allow us to see things we wouldn't otherwise see.
Take for instance this religious shrine saran wrapped to a tree! Jesus was even in this one! From all my observations of Catholicism in many countries, he seems to be down played overed the virgin Mary. Again, that is just my observation but it is what I have seen countless times.
Then later on we saw this very elaborate religious shrine to the virgin Mary. (See??)
Here is a close up of what is inside the little house.
It took us a good hour and a half after eating to get to the Soumaya Museum. Like I said, unless we just really messed up, Mexico City is not setup for tourism! The museum was so worth the hassle though! I do suggest taking the bus, if you can figure it out, or a taxi instead of trying to get there by metro.
Just seeing the building is worth it! I love the shape of this building and I love the materials!
I mean, how can I not love a building that is covered in silver shiny hexagons!!
This museum is actually a private museum and is free to the public. It has over 66,000 pieces of art that spans 30 centuries! It is ranked as the most visited art museum in the country of Mexico and we had never even heard of it!
When we first walked in there were several pieces of art for our viewing pleasure. AND they had signs in English telling you what they were!
There is a HUGE mosaic mural by Diego Rivera (husband of Frida Kahlo) called El Bano de Tehuantepec. It is simply amazing!
I was looking at it from one side and then walked around to the other side and literally saw the other side of the mural.
Side two! Everything was lined up perfectly just as if it was a real scene and I had walked from one side of the river to the other.
It was really an amazing piece of work!
Still on the first floor we saw The Thinker by Auguste Rodin. We saw the original one at the Rodin museum in Paris. This one was made from the same cast though.
In the middle of the first stairway was a copy of The Pieta by Michelangelo, We saw the original one of it at the Vatican on our trip to Rome.
We started spiraling up the building via the ramp and/or stairs to each of the other six levels of the museum. Each floor looks pretty much the same but they each have their own theme.
Level 1: Gold and silver: decorative arts. Collection of coins, medals and banknotes
Level 2: Asian Art
Level 3: European and Colonial Old Masters.
Level 4: From Impressionism to the Avant-garde.
Level 5: From the ancient to the modern Mexico.
Level 6: Works by Rodin and his pupils together with surrealist sculptures by Salvador Dalí.
We didn't find Level 1 to be of much interest to us, so I have nothing to share.
Level 2 was filled with art from the Asian countries. There were several elephant tusks that had been carved in great detail and while they were extremely pretty, it was sad to think that an elephant had to die for that.
Level 3 held lots of religious European art. I must say, those people painted a lot of pictures! We have seen so many paintings like this even if we just talk about the art museums in nearby San Antonio!
Although, I did like this one because I have never seen a painting where the virgin Mary is portrayed as a child.
Level 4 started to get into the little more funky stuff that I like. I like seeing things that are different and not your run of the mill art.
Level 5 was all about Mexico. It felt like we were going through the Museum of Anthropology all over again! But then the pieces started to get more into the modern era and everything was ok in my little world once again.
The frame on this one is more elaborate than the actual painting! And slightly creepy.
This, by far, was one of my favorites from the museum. I loved the colors, the dresses, and even the title, Bountiful Mexico.
Then we finally reached the Level 6. I had been waiting for this level and thought we would never get there!
This level had so many Salvador Dali statues! I love most of his work! It is so weird! We were able to go to an exhibit of his in Paris where I saw his painting title The Persistence of Memory, which was actually much smaller than I thought it would be.
All of the statues on this level by Dali were huge and fantastic! Let me share a few with you.
Ok, on this one, you just have to see the head up close.
After the ones with the clocks, this one was my favorite. It is called Alice in Wonderland.
It is another one that you just have to see a close-up of the head.
It wasn't just all Salvador Dali on Level 6, there were also statues by Auguste Rodin and his students.
Once we were done with the art we spiraled our way back down to the bottom floor. Before leaving we had to take care of business and that is when I walked into the prettiest public bathroom I have ever, and I mean ever, seen!
Frankie came out of his respective bathroom saying how nice it was in there and he never says that about any men's bathroom!
While Texas' Buc-ee's convenience store may have many restrooms and be voted best and cleanest in America, they are NOTHING compared to this bathroom at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City!
And on that note we end our trip to the Soumaya Museum and Restroom. Up next will be our trip to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I hope you will return to read all about it.