CDMX is Huge

We are in Mexico City, or as they say in Spanish “Ciudad de Mexico” which is abbreviated as CDMX.

After our arrival to Mexico City I felt a bit overwhelmed. The city is huge and spread out; I had a list of many “must sees,” but we were both exhausted and wore out after seven weeks of traveling in Mexico!

This stunning building, the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is one of Mexico City’s most iconic images and this photo was taken on our first walk after checking in to our Airbnb apartment.
The view from our apartment window is of the Hilton Reforma and Alameda Central Park on Avenida Juarez. The park is Mexico City’s first municipal park and the Palace of Fine Arts sits at the far right end of the park.

We decided to take it slowly and bought a 2-day pass on a hop-on-hop-off style tourist bus called the Turibus, with 4 different routes.

Riding for hours on the upper deck of the open-air bus gave our legs some much needed rest, but so much time was wasted sitting in traffic. In two days we only managed to ride two of the four routes.

We saw many highlights of Mexico City and learned a few things too. First, the city has some gorgeous fountains and buildings!

The following photos were all taken while riding the Turibus.

The Mexico Stock Exchange Building as seen from the Turibus.

The city has suffered many earthquakes.

The Torre Latinoamericana, a 545’ tall skyscraper in the historic city center is one of the city’s most important landmarks. It was the world’s first major skyscraper successfully built on a highly active seismic fault. It withstood the 8.1 magnitude 1985 Mexico City earthquake without damage.

The Paseo de la Reforma is a broad, monument-studded avenue and is said to be the first example of a Parisian boulevard in the New World. It was commissioned by Emperor Maximilian to link the city center with Chapultepec Castle.

Many monuments to people and events in Mexico’s history are situated on the Reforma.

A landmark and monument commemorating the Mexican Revolution.
The most famous of the monuments is the Angel of Independence – a tall column with a gilded statue of a Winged Victory built to commemorate the centennial of Mexico’s independence in 1910.
The Monument to Cuauhtémoc is dedicated to the last “Mexica” ruler once the Spanish conquistadors arrived.
The fountain of Diana the Huntress.

The 9-mile long Paseo de la Reforma is home to many of Mexico’s tallest buildings.

Mexico City has a mix of amazing architecture both old and new.

Driving down the beautiful Reforma Blvd planted with poinsettias for Christmas.
The Fountain of Cybele is a bronze replica of the fountain located in the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid.

Mexico City sits in a huge valley at an altitude of 7,350 feet.

The image of Frida Kahlo as seen in this mural is recognized around the world. She was the first Mexican artist to be featured in the Louvre.

The population of Mexico City proper is 9,209,944, but the population of Greater Mexico City is 21,782,378 making it the 5th most populated urban area in the world according to

The worlds 10 most populous cities are Tokyo, Japan; Delhi, India; Shanghai, China; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Cairo, Egypt; Bejing, China; Mumbai, India; and Osaka, Japan.
At the top of this building is a large revolving restaurant.

We were told there is only one other city in the world that has more museums than Mexico City. That would be London, England.

We’re warming up to the city. We’ve visited the Zócalo and Cathedral, watched a parade and been to a few other special places. Meet You in the Morning from someplace in Mexico City, Mexico.

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