8.06.2015

Travel Weekly MEXICO CITY Fam Trip - 08/02/2015

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Last day of the whirlwind tour. Again up at 7 and in the bus. This time to the St Regis Mexico City. One word: Oh My Gawd! What a beautiful hotel. What an awesome location. It happened that Team Ferrari was having a little demonstration, leading up to the Formula One coming to Mexico City in November. The hotel is right on the Paseo de la Reforma, at the start/finish line. So, you know...TRAFFIC. Fortunately, our guides from Tourism Mexico had some pull, so they moved roadblocks for us to get right to the hotel. Did I mention the St Regis is beautiful? The suites overlooking Reforma will be the most awesome place to watch the race. And only $650-$950/night! A great gym/spa, a kids club, several restaurants, very large, very well appointed suites, etc. I am saving my SPG points for a return there. By far the nicest hotel we checked out. And the others were all excellent. After the site inspection we had a quick breakfast. I had some Huevos Rancheros. Excellent. And then back on the bus, around some roadblocks and off to the Palacio de Bellas Artes for a performance of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. This is the Amalia Hernandez-formed troupe. She pretty much invented the modern form. Which was truly outstanding. For those of you not familiar, the Ballet Folklorico is a collection of folk dances and/or folk tales set to dance, representing different periods of Mexican history, and the various regions of the country. Many are fairly familiar, like the Veracruzano wedding dance, set to La Bamba, or the Mexican Hat Dance. I have seen more than a couple folklorico troupes in my time. This one was the most comprehensive, ever. The show was nearly two hours, and exciting every minute. Oh, and the building itself, the Palacio, was stunningly beautiful. Built in the 1930's, the exterior is Neo Classical, and the interior pure Art Deco. Murals by, among others, Diego Rivera. Giant skylights. Marble everything. So, that was a great way to end the trip. And we did. From the Ballet Folklorico we headed to the airport and home. Thus ends my story. I would like to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible. I would do names, but I'd forget someone and hurt their feelings. So, suffice it to say - the wonderful people at Travel Weekly and TOWMAR, the publisher of Travel Weekly in Mexico, the good folks from the Mexican Tourism Board, and last but not least, our bus driver. What a job, because TRAFFIC. THANK YOU ALL! and, again, if you're ready to pack your bags and head to Mexico City, give us a call at 760.265.3687. We got the connections and the recent experience to put together a great trip for you!

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