Private Photo Walk with a family around the old centre of Mexico City

Photographing and learning about a sinking city

This family was fascinated by the fact that Mexico City is a sinking city which has sunk over 10m (32 ft) since the 1960s due to the fact that it was originally founded by the Aztecs on some islands in the middle of a shallow lake. The lake has all but disappeared and the heavy buildings like the Palacio de Bellas Artes soon became a bit too heavy for the soft ground and started to submerge into the pavements. Even today with water being extracted from the water table underneath to provide for 27 million people, this metropolis continues to slump and cracks and leaning buildings can be seen everywhere.

We began the Photo Walk at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, wandered through the Alameda Park with its beautiful purple jacaranda trees in bloom, and popped into Correos, a sumptuous palace which is still used as a Post Office, and the Casa de los Azulejos with its blue and white tiles all over the exterior. Then we made our way down Calle Madero, stopping for a delicious ice-cream along the way, to the Zócalo and visited different sites covering 700 years of history in that main square… the Gran Hotel, the Palacio Nacional, the Aztec ruins and the Cathedral. After watching the Aztec dancers for a while, they went to eat some typical Mexican food as a fitting end to the walk.

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