Happy Monday everyone! This weekend we
decided to be "hybrid" tourists and head to a
super-duper famous Mexico City landmark,
but one that also just happens to be right
down the street from our apartment.
So, we put on our walking shoes and blended
in with the thousands of locals that make the trip
to El Angel de la Independencia as part of their
average Sunday stroll through this part of the city.
Each Sunday, what is arguably Mexico
City's most beautiful and symbolic boulevard
is completely closed to everyone and everything
other than pedestrians, cyclists, runners, dog
walkers, rollerbladers--well, you get the idea.
(We can't wait to bring Chole and Zoe here!)
Leaving lucky locals and visitors alike to enjoy a
truly one of kind experience--walking in the steps
of both Aztecs and emperors, and of course of the
taxis that run this place the other six days of the
week. And I swear, it was unforgettable!
We brushed up a bit on our 'Angel'-
related history just before paying the
landmark our first visit and learned all
about the long road to its construction,
the symbolism behind its various structures,
and the patriotic treasures it holds.
But seeing her "up close," and in all
of her glorious detail was a true privilege.
With no traffic to interrupt the peace of our
visit and a palpable atmosphere of civility
and general well-being, we felt more in
touch somehow with what this monument means
to the people it was erected to honor and inspire.
Because, this isn't merely a place to demonstrate,
to gather in protest, or even to celebrate
the grandest of heroes and accomplishments.
Instead, it seems more like a place to
commemorate the every day and the
average person, to celebrate life's daily
victories, and to find the great beauty
that exists within the smallest of things.
Finding sacred in the simple,
so to speak.
And really, what could be
more heavenly that that?
Thanks for stopping in!