Oaxaca mural

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Random Photos of Condesa

Condesa, the neighborhood where I am staying, is one of my favorite parts of Mexico City.  Here are a few pictures of the area.

My apartment is located on Avenida Amsterdam, a long oval-shaped avenue.  In the middle, running the entire length of the avenue is a shady, pedestrian walkway.

I noticed this less than a block from my apartment.  Someone by the names of Carlotta and Jorge put up this fence in February which they call the "Urban Wall of Love".  They are hoping to create a mini-version of the "Pont des Arts" in Paris, the bridge where tens of thousands of lovers have placed padlocks as symbols of their undying love.  At this point there are less than a dozen padlocks on the fence.  It will be interesting to see if the idea catches on, and how many locks are there the next time I come to Mexico City.

Also just a stone's throw from my apartment is the Plaza and Fountain of Popocatépetl.  Fountains in the parks of Mexico City are turned on sporadically, I suppose in order to conserve water.

Although March is the peak season, some of the jacaranda trees still have blossoms.

This grand old mansion along Avenida Amsterdam sadly appears to be vacant.

Outdoor flower stalls are to be seen on many street corners in the neighborhood.

Condesa is an upper-middle class neighborhood filled with fine restaurants and cafés, but that doesn't mean that you won't find street food here.

If you call "Happy Woof" they will come to your home and bathe and groom your doggie!

Those of us who are of a certain age remember the Woolworth stores which were once one of the biggest chains throughout the U.S.  Woolworth is defunct north of the border, but the chain still exists in Mexico.  I frequently go into this store on Insurgentes Avenue. (Technically, it's not in Condesa, but across the street in the Roma neighborhood.)  I have found great deals here on official team soccer shirts.  It's not unusual to pay $100 US for a soccer shirt, but here I can find them for around $15.

And finally, I chuckle to myself every time I pass by this dentist's office housed in a giant tooth!


  1. After all these years living in Mexico, I have yet to spend any length of time in Mexico City. You are an inspiration to me and one of these days I'll go. I will be using your posts about la metropoli as a guide.

    1. Thanks, Marc.
      Mexico City is exciting and exasperating, exhilarating and exhausting... but definitely worth visiting. I probably would not visit as frequently as I do if my friend Alejandro were not here, but even so the siren call of "el monstruo" would beckon me back sooner or later.