the mexico country is located in meso-america, south of usa and north of guatemala. the population is 129 mio, and the capital is mexico city.
history - roughly: the area of mexico has been settled since 8000 b.c. the first organized realm was the olmec culture, 1500 b.c. the time span of the exceptionally developed maya culture - generally rated as "high culture" - is from about 1000 b.c. to about 900 a.d. after a long phase of 'post-classic' circumstances, the aztec empire shaped, lasting from 1300 to 1521. from 1519 to 1521 the spanish empire smashed the aztecs, and made mexico a province, until 1810 when the mexican war of independence began. in 1821 mexico declared itself an independent country.
i have visited mexico in 1984, focused on mexico city - a huge city with an immense history - but also acapulco and puebla.
in 1984 all my photography was done to create collections of slides (diapositives) for voyage presentations. of those, just a few got scanned for digital pic's. these are presented in the following gallery, plus general images of those locations.
because of my very restricted material: no galleries, just a mini-outlook, with selected pictures of my three visited cities, focused on mexico city.
there are more holiday visitors in acapulco than in the other coast cities. beside that, acapulco is also a big business place - and not the place for cozy beeches.....
given its population, about 9 mio for the city and about 21 mio for "greater mexico city", it is one of the largest cities in the world.
the history of this city: it was created by the aztecs in 1325, built in the middle of (then) lake texcoco. this city, called tenochtitlan, was mostly destroyed by spanish 'crusaders' in 1521 and then rebuilt, on top of (ex-)tenochtitlan, following both the original setting and spanish urban concepts.
soon mexico city became the head town on "new spain". not surprisingly, since then many enormous buildings were erected, such as the cathedral and the art center.
yet the most stunning building is - in my view - the library of the university, the whole piece is like a huge painting, in traditional mexican style.
given that under the current mexico city the ruins of the aztec's capital are, there is a lot of archaeology happening, and parts of historic buildings as well as statues have been found.
after intense research about the aztec empire, archaeologists have eventually created a model of mighty tenochtitlan at it was in its prime time, including large temples - - and all this is just gone, in a way like famous babylon.....
mexico is also a center of art, especially paintings. the biggest name is diego rivera, because of his stunning murals. yet meanwhile frida kahlo - a unique artist, suffering badly from injuries - is highly esteemed as well.
of course mexico city is not just grand architecture and stunning art, it's also a 'down-to-earth' living place, and this includes any kind of shops and cafes and pubs!
this city was founded early in the spanish reign, 1531. it has a cathedral and many further churches, like this cute one. in the marked street, shops for clothes are common.
puebla is a core place for dresses, including big ones for dancing, all very colourful designs.
finally, music is a vital quality of mexican life. on public places bands, small ones or big ones, often in traditional dresses, perform every weekend, playing about everything from folklore to jazz -- i certainly enjoyed hearing, and seeing, this.