Museo de Dolores Olmeda

I have a new favourite museum in Mexico City – the Dolores Olmeda. A sea of green tranquility amidst a heaving, polluted, over-populated metropolis. It’s set in a hacienda a couple of miles from Xochimilco in the south of the city, and the moment you step through the arched doorway you leave Mexico City 2007 behind, and step back in time. As well as perfectly manicured gardens, with peacocks and ducks roaming free, the museum itself houses some of the finest Mexican art I have come across, including a lot of Diego Rivera and a little Frida Kahlo.

There is also a garden housing a small pack of dogs which are indigenous to Mexico. I forget the name, but no, not Chihuahuas! I got a great photo of one of them posing next to a statue of the dog, which as always is in Flickr. For the Day of the Dead weekend, the usual 40 peso entry fee was reduced to 5 pesos, which did mean it was busy, and we couldn’t get in the very nice looking cafe for a coffee, but I shall return! And quickly – they currently have a Rivera portrait exhibition.

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