Walking Around Mexico City

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A few photos I took in 2009 and 2012

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Paseo de la Reforma – Mexico City

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Here’s a great picture from the 1980s of Paseo de la Reforma, from the Facebook page “La Ciudad de Mexico en el Tiempo. It features a huge fountain that was replaced in 1992 by the “Diana” fountain that is there today. Here’s a photo I took in December, 2009.

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Cinco de Mayo Isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day

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Not only is Cinco de Mayo not Mexican Independece Day, but it isn’t even celebrated in most of Mexico.

This NPR piece explains it well: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/05/02/308624630/cinco-de-mayo-whose-holiday-is-it-anyway?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140502

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On a less serious note, here’s a list of Cinco de Mayo Do’s and Don’ts from Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/20-dos-and-donts-of-cinco-de-mayo

Beautiful Photos of Mexico From Half a Century Ago

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From the website The Atlantic Cities – here’s the link: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2014/04/beautiful-photos-mexico-half-century-ago/8996/

French travel photographer Bernard Plossu traveled to Mexico for the first time in 1965. Raised on the imagery of French film and Westerns, Plossu was blown away by the landscapes and people he came across, shooting everything he saw during his many return trips.

Plossu began publishing in the 1970s, and turned the bulk of his work into a travel book later that decade. After moving across the border to the U.S. in 1977, Plossu continued this trips across the border. But his later work lacked the Kerouac-ian focus on strangers and settings that make him so special.

Two years after the Museum of Fine Arts in Besancon, France, ran an exhibit of his Mexico photographs, Aperture Books and Mexico-owned Fundación Televisa put together a retrospective titled ¡Vámonos! (scheduled for release this summer). In it, we see the full spectrum of Plossu’s work mixed in with stories from friends and contemporaries about the man behind the camera and the importance of the work he did during his visits to Mexico: