My trip to México City was a joke between my friend and I that started last year when I sent him a picture of a Luis Barragan house and said TAKE ME! This year, on spontaneous whim, we found a cheap flight and booked it. I never thought I would ever get to go to México City because of the all the news and crime, but honestly it was a very cool experience and I would go back. We visited all the hot spots of the city and tried all kinds of food, street market and restaurants. The food is so much better than Tex Mex food, that I don’t think I could eat mexican food anywhere else again.
My friends and I had a planned out agenda for each day there. The first day was spent walking around our neighborhood, La Condesa, and sightseeing in the historic district. As architecture students, we made sure to visit the Mextropoli Pavilions, churches, and famous squares, such as the Zocalo.
The second day was spent going to Museums. It rained so much that day, so it was perfect. I finally go to see the Aztec “calendar” or the Piedra del Sol at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. From there, we headed to Polanco to see the Soumaya and Jumex.
Day three was a day of Luis Barragan. We previously booked Casa Gilardi and Cuadra San Cristóbal, which are private tours because the houses are still owned by people. We couldn’t get into Casa Barragan because it was overbooked by student tours, so that just means I will have to go back 🙂 But I have a picture of the outside, that’s close enough!
Casa Gilardi was a dream!!!!!! My heart was racing when I stepped inside. The house is so gorgeous – the light, the colors, the sun was shining, it was perfect! On the way to San Cristóbal, we spotted the Satellite Towers by Luis Barragan. We arrived at Cuadra San Cristóbal, which is an hour outside from the city center in a privately owned neighborhood. The house is attached to the horse stables, which is where Louis Vuitton shot their latest campaign Spirit of Travel 2016. The stables are painted a vibrant pink which is a specific shade that Barragan created himself. We were even allowed to take a peek into the owner’s private backyard and pool. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather was clear and sunny, so all the colors of pink, purple, yellow, blue, and red were so vibrant in contrast to the building. I was stunned. There are other Luis Barragan houses and churches that we couldn’t see so, I will definitely be back!
Our last day was in Coyoacán exploring the huge market place and visiting Casa Azul Frida Kahlo. The house is very well-kept in its original state, which was humbling to be able to walk through and see Frida’s studio and bedroom. There also was a temporary exhibit of her clothes, jewelry, and makeup.
Overall, my spring break trip was amazing! I’m so happy and thankful for this experience to be able to travel again! I can’t wait for the next trip soon.
Photography by Sophia Kountakis.