Hidden Treasures

Paola is a picker, scratcher and plucker, by nature. Any scab, spot or other removable object will receive her prompt attention. I woulnd’t mind, but her attentions are on me, and I’d prefer my blemishes to remain where they are and sacrifice the pain. She calls them little ‘hidden treasures’. But these aren’t the hidden treasures I’ve gone to the trouble of opening my blog to write about. In fact I have digressed completely off topic.

The hidden treasures I am writing about are three places in Mexico not frequented an awful lot by the average tourist. But places I think should be higher on the average holiday makers itinerary. I couldn’t say they are secret locations per se, and I’ve written about them all before. But if I had to pick three places for a different and slightly off the trippers beaten track destinations…well, these are those.  This post was prompted, I must confess, by Canuck in Cancun. I don’t normally go in for the ‘tag you’re it’ blog posts, but this one seems practical.  So without further ado….

Alvaro Obregon

Alvaro Obregon is many things. It’s a monument. It’s a colonia/borough/district of the city. But I’m referring to the street. You can get there from many direction, in many ways, including on the Metrobus where Insurgentes dissects it. But I always get there on the metro, getting off at Niños Heroes and strolling five minutes to the starting point. It’s a leafy street, with lots of colonial buildings. Not too rich to have been drastically altered. Not too poor for it to be dodgy. Just the right amount of charming paint peel in fact.

On weekends there’s a street market selling all sorts of antiques and stuff that is vaguely old or no longer relevant. Want an old Atari 2600?  You’ll find it here, with plenty of games. There are so many side streets too, with plenty of nice restaurants in case one of the main stretch of road doesn’t tickle your fancy. In fact I can happily stroll around the ‘hood for hours, just looking…

Museo Dolores Olmedo

This museum is an escape from the city, albeit a temporary one. A delightful old house, filled with equally delightful antiques, paintings, general art and photos, set in acres of green lawns of a lushness you’d more associate with the grass of an English stately home.  There is a story behind the home and it’s previous occupiers, peacocks strutting their stuff, and even a patch of garden given over to some hideously ugly dogs native to Mexico and with an entirely unpronounceable name. Round it off with a cup of coffee in the very pleasant coffee shop, and you’ll have a fabulous few hours. It’s really quite deep in the south of the city, which is why it receives so few gringos I suppose. Oh, and their Day of the Dead Ofrenda is very famous, so if you are in the city at the end of October, beginning of November…

Bar Chon

I found and visited this restaurant very recently, but for any foodies looking to experience real Mexican grub, this is the place to head to. Crocodile, armadillo (which I’ve heard is very tender), snake, oppossum and many other native animals are cooked up for your culinary pleasure. This part of town is known to be a little suspect, although I wouldn’t personally call it dangerous. But perhaps a taxi there is a good idea.

7 thoughts on “Hidden Treasures

  1. You have given me plenty of visuals in this blog post…some more than I would like to have in my mind 😉 Paola sounds like my sister!

    Alvaro Obregon sounds pleasant enough. One can never have enough Atari’s to re-sell here for a jacked up price 😀 It sounds like a lovely place, without it being too perfect and “just so”. It has enough of that worn out charm, whilst still being a productive place to visit. I shall it add it to my itinerary! You know..the one that I’ll get to “someday” 😉

    Museo Dolores Olmedo really sounds like my kind of place! I love the sound of its lush lawns and old home filled with charming antiques. It sounds like the kind of place I dream of living in. Who wouldn’t like peacocks on their garden? Or those adorable Xoloitzcuintli’s that I think you’re referring to, though I personally think they’re beautiful and CAN pronounce their name 😛

    It sounds like the kind of home one should be playing cricket in and women should be wearing big poofy hats lol.

    As for Bar Chon…

    Being that I am in the minority group of vegetarian Mexicans (now THAT is a minority!) I don’t think that place will be added to my “someday” itinerary, though I can definitely get the fascination of it. I could have sworn I saw a travel special on tv recently, where the travel host went there. Hmmm.

    Thanks for sharing some of your Top 3 places there. It opens my eyes up to the many places my family and I can visit, hopefully in the not too distant future. Oh and I did look at your post card’s page and did particularly like the Tamayo Museum post card, except I’m looking for one that shows a specific area in Mexico. My sister recently said someone asked her “Are there trains in Mexico?” and she said she didn’t know. It was one of those face palm moments for me. I would really love for my family to have a better understanding of what Mexico has to offer, outside of the tiny small town we go to visit our family in. I’ll keep my eyes open for any future post cards, so keep em’ coming!

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    1. Well the person who claimed the Merida postcard has volunteered to take the Fish one instead, so if you pass on your address to me….!

      As for the dog, yes, that’s the one that I meant. I’ve gotten my tongue around most weird Mexican names, but that’s the one that always completely defeats me!

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  2. Yet again, you have performed a public service. Wish that museum were not so far south, but I may still head down there next visit to DF. As for the restaurant, my wife would dive right in. I, on the other hand, would be a little more conservative. My wife will eat anything.

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    1. The museum is worth the trouble visiting, and if you don’t mind the metro it’s not that difficult a trip. Swap the metro for the Tren Ligero and get off at La Noria…it’s just 5 minutes walk, maybe less, from there.

      They do serve up some normal dishes at Bar Chon – I can vouch for their Enchiladas Poblana.

      Always at your service señor!

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  3. Calakmul was like going to another planet for me, it is in a protected zone down on the Guatemala border, wildlife, trees, I think maybe it was the smell of copal in the air that did it for me. What ever it was I still have dreams about that place now and then. It is a top three for me…

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