architecture

San Juan fiesta = Zona Cafetera

A chance to head out to the Zona Cafetera, Filandia in Quindio.  And aside from being obsessed with partaking in endless cups of coffee, also a great opportunity to meander the streets and enjoy the vibrant architecture.

 

and yes sure, i may be slightly smitten with blue and green

and yes sure, i may be slightly smitten with blue and green

front door envy

front door envy

more of that killer blue and green

more of that killer blue and green

almost makes me want to be admitted to hospital

almost makes me want to be admitted to hospital

and just to prove their are other colours    

and just to prove their are other colours 

 

school (or a hawthorn fan?) 

school (or a hawthorn fan?) 

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back in CDMX

back to one of my favourite cities, CDMX.

proof made it out of the city limits : Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

proof made it out of the city limits : Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

Six pretty simple reasons: 

1.  unbelievably good food wherever you look from the street vendors to the local restaurants to a world top 50

market tostada <$2

market tostada <$2

2.  gorgeous - even if some is a little tired - architecture

 

could that slant have anything to do with abandonment? 

could that slant have anything to do with abandonment? 

3.  old school muscle cars in regular use 

Miguel Hidalgo hood

Miguel Hidalgo hood

4.  informal urban planning from fantastic street art and sculptures

 

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5.  quirky local barrio museos and the world class serious ones too

 

Museo del juguete antiguo México  

Museo del juguete antiguo México  

Museo de la memoria y tolerancia

Museo de la memoria y tolerancia

6.  a wonderful city for walking, moving through each barrio feels like a change with new vibe and feel, always new

centre of the world

both hemispheres / w the literal equator line

both hemispheres / w the literal equator line

ended up in Quito for longer than planned - the flood disaster in Perú closing the Pan American both north & south meaning flying here

turned out fortuitous - everywhere you turn is sublime architecture

 

Quito Cathedral

Quito Cathedral

under renovation Teatro Bolívar

under renovation Teatro Bolívar

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Basílica del Voto Nacional

over the top gothic and to add to the bizarreness there at the same time as an Ecuadorean boy band filming.  Bad beyond description 

decay too

decay too

even more than usual taking advantage of public transport, security guards in the strangest places and vibrant murals  

 

as best I could tell - from the bus - guarding a torte vendor... 

as best I could tell - from the bus - guarding a torte vendor... 

when the bus terminates unexpectedly in places unknown, and the down hill walk throws up this gorgeous wall

when the bus terminates unexpectedly in places unknown, and the down hill walk throws up this gorgeous wall

the centre of not just the world but also access to brilliant day hikes: think volcanoes, craters, canyons, gorges

Quilotoa crater hiking and wildflowers

Quilotoa crater hiking and wildflowers

zumbahua canyon &nbsp;

zumbahua canyon  

and the cutest and smallest ice-creams I have ever seen, more or less 2 teaspoons  

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for good measure one last archiporn  

temporary home : old town

temporary home : old town