Month: June 2017

Two “Newer” Sights in Mexico City

 

Several years ago, near the city’s main plaza, the Zocolo, and its cathedral, a buried Mayan city was discovered as a new subway line was being excavated. Today, the newish visitor site continues to be excavated and a fantastic museum displays some of the discovered artifacts. The Templo Mayor Museum brings the Mexicas (the word used to describe the indigenous cultures) to life.

You can still see some of these things at the amazing anthropology museum in Mexico City’s Chapultepec park or at the pyramids outside Mexico City at Teotihuacan. This newer museum offers an alternative right in the center of the city!

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Report: See Machu Picchu now

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Add Mexico City to the A-list

Ask people in Mexico City and they invariably tell you it’s the world’s second largest city with 36 million inhabitants, second only to Shanghai’s 42 million. Of course, I have no way of independently verifying this, but a Google search reveals that the population is much lower and Mexico City isn’t second. In any event, the place is huge.

Such a huge city has its share of traffic problems and pollution can get very bad. But on the June weekend when I visited, it was sweater cool and the skies were very blue. Situated in a bowl surrounded by mountains, I can see how the pollution can vary. But its elevation usually makes the climate mild, despite the erroneous mythology to the contrary. Traffic, alas, is definitely a problem. I suggest you don’t drive in Mexico City.

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Be a Space Cadet!

 Huntsville, Ala. is Space City, USA. Houston monitors the astronauts. Huntsville controls all the science in space. It’s an amazing place; definitely worth a visit! For me, I can relive my youth when space flight was new and exciting.

The numerous space engineers and even common folk living around Huntsville can rattle off the names of the various rockets used throughout the program. At the U.S. Space & Rocket Center everyone can see for themselves the progression of sizes and impressive increasing power of successive rockets, even if they don’t know the specific rocket names.

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Zika poo

          The Zika mosquito is worth worrying about. It can cause a terrible human toll. Full disclosure: the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contacted me and other travel writers to get the word out about this underappreciated threat.

Zika is a disease that is spread by the bite of a mosquito. If you get the disease, your symptoms may be so mild that you won’t even realize you have it. However, if bitten during pregnancy, the disease can spread to the fetus and cause birth defects. The fetus can be infected even by a mother that has no symptoms. Those with symptoms may experience fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes that last for about a week.

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Swoon at the Blue Lagoon

No visit to Reykjavik is complete without a visit to the nearby Blue Lagoon. In fact, it’s only 20 minutes from the international airport, so a long stopover is all it really takes to see it. Buses run by Reykjavik Expeditions connect the Blue Lagoon to the airport directly.

An entrance to the Blue Lagoon can be purchased with this transport included. Whenever you plan to go, you have to book in advance because the place is constantly sold-out way ahead.

The Icelandic owner of this spot has seen it become so successful that he is expanding, adding capacity and an attached hotel.

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