Modern Museo Soumaya in Mexico City

Modern Museo Soumaya in Mexico City

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The Museo Soumaya in Mexico City is a private museum owned by the Carlos Slim Foundation. It is best known for its modern, innovative architecture at the Plaza Carso location in Nuevo Polanco. The glimmering and modern building is already being hailed as a new landmark in Mexico’s capital, but it is also being criticized as the pet project of a man who knows more about business than art. The new anvil-shaped structure, designed by Fernando Romero, featured a facade covered in aluminum hexagons, and the interior offered 183,000 square feet.

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Lybrook Badlands, New Mexico

Lybrook Badlands, New Mexico

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The Lybrook Badlands, at over 7000 feet elevation, offer a comfortable summer hiking destination. Countless, multihued sandstone hoo doos are so ingeniously shaped that they appear crafted in a Santa Fe artist’s studio rather than by natural forces. The cliffs separating the steps complicate long-distance hiking. Easy routes between the levels are limited and difficult to find. The Badlands are located approximately two-and-a-half hours from Albuquerque in northwestern New Mexico.

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Ancient Olmec Civilization

Ancient Olmec Civilization

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The mysterious Olmec civilization prospered in Pre-Classical Mesoamerica from c. 1200 BCE to c. 400 BCE and is generally considered the forerunner of all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures such as the Maya and Aztecs. La Venta is an archaeological site of the Olmec civilization located in the present-day Mexican state of Tabasco. Some of the artifacts have been moved to the museum Parque – Museo de La Venta. The most striking legacy of the Olmec civilization must be the colossal stone heads they produced. These were carved in basalt and all display unique facial features so that they may be considered portraits of actual rulers. The heads can be nearly 3 m high and 8 tons in weight and the stone from which they were worked was, in some cases, transported 80 km or more, presumably using huge balsa river rafts.

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The Alamo – Visit San Antonio

The Alamo – Visit San Antonio

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For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year. The Alamo was the scene of a pivotal battle in the fight for the independence of Texas from Mexico. In the early 1800s, Texas belonged to Mexico. During the Texas war for independence from Mexico, Spanish troops occupied the abandoned building, now used as a fortress, calling it Alamo. In 1836, Col. William B. Travis, James Bowie, Davy Crockett, and almost 200 other Texan volunteers occupied the Alamo. After unsuccessfully defending the Alamo for 13 days against an army of thousands of Mexican soldiers led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna, the Texans died on March 6, 1836.

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Mexico City Markets

Mexico City Markets

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Mexico City is famous for its food markets. Especially famous is the Mercado San Juan market which is recommended by locals. Calle Pachuca market is also a good choice for large offer of vegetables of any art.

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