Photo Walk Nº14 – Colonia Roma

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Our 14th Photo Walk took us to Colonia Roma, where beautiful old mansions rub shoulders with small shops, cafés and restaurants and decaying buildings. We started our walk at Casa Lamm, a cultural centre with a peaceful garden, and then made our way up Calle Orizaba stopping to take photos of some great street art, until we came to Plaza Rio de Janeiro, with its famous replica of Michelangelo’s David. Here we not only found dog trainers but bumped into a very unusual pet, “La Chata”, a Vietnamese pig which seems to be quite a celebrity in Colonia Roma.

We took photos of the leafy square and the buildings around it and then stopped off at the Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia, an unusual neogothic style church which unfortunately for us had just closed. Across the junction was the Casa Universitaria del Libro, another spectacular old mansion converted into a cultural centre. 

Our walk then took us down past the MODO (Museo del Objeto del Objeto) outside of which hundreds of padlocks adorn the metal fence nearby. Continuing back down towards Calle Álvaro Obregon, we popped our heads and cameras into some small shops and chatted with the vendors. 

In Calle Chihuahua, we photographed Casa Prunes and in Calle Guanajuato, another similar place, both fine examples of Art-Nouveau style buildings. There was also some excellent street art around there and near the Plaza Luis Cabrera where we were invited into one of the restaurants to see inside. Unfortunately, our time was coming to an end so we made our way back to our starting place realizing there was still much more to see… maybe we’ll do a second walk around this area sometime in the future.

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