A Dream Come Blue

On our final morning in Mexico City, after breakfast at Mercado Roma, we headed to Casa Azul, the infamous residence of painter Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. It is now the site of the Museo Frida Kahlo, a museum dedicated to Kahlo's life and works. She was an eccentric woman, to be sure, and she suffered from poor health, especially after a bus accident. But she is considered one of the greatest artists from Mexico and has been a feminist icon of creativity for many. If you plan to visit Casa Azul, and you should if you are in Mexico City, it was fairly easy to get tickets online to avoid the line. 

After spending some time at the house, we explored the surrounding area of Coyoacán a little bit, then headed to the hotel for a little while. In the afternoon we'd gotten tickets to visit La Casa Luis Barragán, the former home of the contemporary architect. It is a popular site and they limit the number of visitors so if you want to see it, it's recommended to get tickets ahead of time. Unfortunately one of the best parts of the house is supposed to be the courtyard and gardens but right as we got in a cab to head towards the tour, it started torrentially down-pouring. We sprinted from our Uber into the house and though the tour was nice and we saw a little bit of the interior, it would have likely been a better experience on a sunny day. 

When we left the house the rain had slowed down slightly and we made our way to dinner at Azul Condesa, the same restaurant as our first night but a different location. The food was again incredibly delicious and I sipped my Rioja and devoured my empanadas like no one's business. We ate an early dinner because we'd gotten tickets to the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a dance performance that showcases various style of traditional Mexican dance, from tribal dances to more modern mariachi. It was a great experience and a great way to end our trip to Mexico City!

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