Photos: Tom Abbott
Oct. 5, 2014 (San Diego) We traveled to Mexico City and we went to the Franz Mayer museum near downtown.
The museum is inside one of the many colonial structures that are part of the world-class heritage designation, by UNESCO. It is also besides one of the many small churches that dot the downtown district.
In the main plaza they were holding a temporary exhibit for the world press photo. We enjoyed that a lot, since we are press photographers. But we also went into the permanent exhibit of colonial era furnishing. They start with 16th century items and actually end with the independent period and 19th century items.
The most impressive part to me was the chairs and how they evolved from the 16th century style, all the way to the 19th century.
They also share some paintings with European museums; therefore they had some paintings from the Spanish museum. There is also a permanent exhibition of Mexican and Colonial paintings.
After the museum we walked by the Palacio de Bellas Artes, built during the last days of the Porfirio Diaz administration at the end of the 19th century, on our way to the first Sanborns restaurant in Mexico City. This is in an old colonial building tiled which is impressive. There you can find cafeteria-style food. Though the enchiladas Suizas were nowhere close to what I remember from my childhood. They used to be far better.
We enjoyed our trip and would definitely recommend a visit to the museum. If you take the tour bus that takes you across the city, it will drop you off at the museum.