There are some terrible flaws in my Mexico City reportage. Highlighted on Friday when I went on a photowalk with the chap who smuggled brought my camera into the country for me. He had a map, which he referred to frequently. I have a tendency to just randomly wander. The result being I’m often not sure of exactly where I’ve been or what I’m writing about. He also stops to ask the history of places, whereas I just snap, snap again to be sure, and move on blithely ignorant of what it was I was snapping so earnestly. I must learn to pause for thought sometimes.
I did at least partly redeem myself. I guess my speciality is in finding places to climb to get those cool ‘up on high’ photo opps. Not just the obvious places, such as Izta the giant mountain on the outskirts of the city. So few people know you can also clamber up onto the roof of the Metropolitan Cathedral for a bargain price of 15 pesos, and get a fabulous view of the Centro Historico, and Zocalo in particular. At the moment, with the rain cleansed skies, you can even seen Popo and Izta.
There’s also the Obregon monument, although the view from the top there, last Monday, was obscured by heavy cloud cover. That’s still a bargain 10 pesos though, although on this occasion we weren’t given the essential candles to navigate the tight spiral stairway to the top. Still. Anyway, I have a decent collection of photos from our photo walk, from Plaza Garibaldi through winding back streets, inside old broken down churches and on to that cathedral roof. Click here to see them.