On occasion, you will see my walking stick in a picture. This is to provide some scale to the object shown. My walking stick is 48 inches or approximately 1.2 meters long. Here are two photos to show you how big it is.
And now, the adventure begins...
Well, I made it to Mexico City. The pictures you see below were taken at the Zocalo, or town square.
The ruins are called the Templo Mayor, or Great Temple. It was discovered during some excavations to build something else here. The Templo was one of the main centers for the Aztec, or Mexica, Indians living in the valley of Mexico.
To add a bit of scale to this picture, you can see my shadow to the left of the serpent head.
One of the Indian dancers working for tips in the Zocalo.
The flag in the middle of the Zocalo is VERY big. To check the scale, look at the person at the bottom of the pole.
According to most sources, Juan Diego (Cuauhtlatoatzin), a Nahua, sees the apparition of the Virgin Mary on a hill called Tepeyacac in Mexico again on December 12, 1531. He first saw her on December 9th. According to Juan Diego, the Virgin Mary instructs him to carry some roses in his macehualli (a cloak) to the local Bishop as proof of her appearance. When the macehualli is opened before the Bishop, an image of the Virgin Mary appears on the cloak among the rose petals. The macehualli is still on display in the church (Our Lady of Guadalupe) built to honor the event. Here are some pictures of the Basilica de Guadelupe & the miraculous painting of the Virgin Mary. This is in Mexico City.
The new church
Inside the new church
The Cloak. The church is set up so you can walk directly underneath the cloak without disturbing the services.
The old (original church). It was replaced because it is sinking into the old lakebed.
Yes, it is tilted.
There was a surprising army presence around the church.
These are a couple of street signs in Mexico City.