Photo Essay: A Breadth of Color Mexico City

by Ekua on August 3, 2010 in captured on memory card,Mexico

In Mexico City, I enjoyed finding little bursts of color that made me smile and art in unlikely places. Here are some of the vivid places and moments I experienced in Mexico City:

La Casa Azul, also known as the Frida Kahlo Museum.

An elaborate image of Mexico’s coat of arms in a building in the Palacio Nacional.

Diego Rivera murals at the Palacio Nacional depicting life in Mexico before the colonists arrived…

… and then how things changed once the colonists got there. I already love Diego Rivera’s sense of aesthetics and this series of murals was incredibly moving.

Botanical garden at the Palacio Nacional.

A flag waves at the top of the Metropolitan Cathedral in the Zocalo (main square).

Walls inside the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Wonderful bench around the corner from the Cathedral. Great to look at, but way too hot to sit on that day. I learned the hard way.

Juggling fire and standing on a ladder in the middle of traffic… a very dangerous way to make a living!

One of my “fancier” meals in Mexico. My hostel mate and I ventured over to the chichi Condesa neighborhood to have dinner with her friend at an organic-ish restaurant. This place also had a store that was a trip, it was like a mini version of Whole Foods.

Boats of Xochimilco.

Reflection on a Xochimilco Canal.

Mariachi band for hire on a Xochimilco canal.

Colorful decorations in Xochimilco.

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Naomi August 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Oh wow…these photos show an entirely new side of Mexico City for me than my perception. Love it 🙂


Ekua August 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Yes, Mexico City is a huge city with a lot to offer. I definitely recommend it!


Lesley August 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I’m glad you made it to Xochimilco! It’s one of my favorite parts of Mexico City. If you didn’t venture to the market, you definitely should next time. They’ve got a lot of really interesting pre-hispanic oriented foods — frog-leg tamales, blue corn, and a corn-based spicy soup called chileatole.

Also, glad to see you visited Origenes Orgánicos. I like that place. One of the few spots in the city that’s committed to using fresh vegetables and minimal preservatives.


Ekua August 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

No, I didn’t even know there was a good market in Xochimilco! Next time…

Funny that you figured out what restaurant that meal was at!


Ms Beauty Soul August 6, 2010 at 2:57 am

Amazing photos… so vibrant!


Marie August 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Wonderful photos! They make me feel so nostalgic 🙂


Lauren Quinn August 11, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Dude. You’re seriously a good photographer. These look great. I felt the bursts right with you.


Ekua August 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Thanks, Lauren… that’s definitely something I strive for in photography- to make people feel what I was feeling in those moments. Definitely a challenge, but I am working on it!


Andi August 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

Loooooove these pics!!! Absolutely gorgeous!


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