Jamaica... not the Caribbean island, but the Mexico City market... is one of my favorite places in the city. As I said at the end of the last post, the museums in Mexico City are closed on Mondays, but the Jamaica Market is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. So, that is where I took Megan and John on Monday. We took the subway, and fortunately it was not too crowded. The neighborhood is not the greatest, but the Metro station is right at the entrance to the market.
At first Jamaica looks like any other Mexican market with stalls of colorful and sometimes exotic fruits and vegetables, butcher shops, fishmongers, and vendors selling most anything from shoes to pottery. There was even a podiatrist's office in the middle of it all. But what makes Jamaica so unique and worthy of a visit is the enormous number of flower vendors. There are over 1000 stalls devoted to the sale of flowers, flower arrangements, house plants and flowerpots.
Supposedly there are more than 5000 different types of flowers and plants to be found here. Some are familiar to us, but others are very unusual. For example, the bizarre flowers in the lower right corner are called "maracas" because of their resemblance to the percussion instrument.
|(photo taken by John)|
He invited us in and explained that this space is a cultural center that offers free art lessons to the public. He let us wander around and look at the artwork that had been done by the students.
|(photo taken by Megan)|
In addition to the incredible display of flowers for sale, Megan was also impressed by the wide variety of piñatas. In fact, she bought a miniature piñata of a lion.