Mexico City is a place of contrasts.  Oh, we know travel writers say that all the time, but here, it rings truer than usual.  From one moment to the next, the city is young and old, pretty and ugly, intense and sweet, joyous and sad, native and Colonial.  And even though the vast city may be one of the most populated places on this planet, we left with a feeling that the people of Mexico City are more connected to the the heart and soul of the place in which they live than anywhere else we have ever visited. 

It is no wonder that Mexico City is categorized as one of the largest cities in the world.  The skyline spreads on and on as far as the eye can see.  (Unfortunately, since the city lies within a mountain basin, the sky is often clogged with pollution, which is why many of the photos we took while visiting are minus any real blue skies.)  But even though you might think you would get lost in all of that hustle and bustle of 8.84 million people, there is a certain sense of special closeness that you will feel when making treks to each of the many intriguing neighborhoods.

Our trip was brief, really an after thought meant to bring in the 2009 New Year, but with prices so inexpensive, this turned out to be one of the most “bang for the buck” sojourns we have ever made.  In terms of travel to Mexico, most might first imagine sandy beaches and a 6-pack of Corona.  We beg to differ, and offer Mexico City up instead as a world-class city that is entrenched in vibrant culture, both historic and natural.  Fellow drifters, grab your cameras.  This is Mexico City!

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