Pirámides de Teotihuacan, Basilica de Guadeloupe and other stuff, March 17, 2018

I decided to take a tour to see a few places because it just seemed too difficult to go 50 km northeast of the city via public transport.  Our first stop was at Plaza de las Tres Culturas, which is an archaeological site in Mexico City.  During the conquest (1519) the Spaniards convinced some of the Indigenous people that their lives would be much better if they supported Spain - the Aztecs were taxing them too high and life wasn't so rosy.  So that's how the colonists got the locals to work with them and take their own buildings apart to build Catholic Churches-

Plaza de las Tres Culturas is also where 400 Mexican university protesters were slaughtered October 2, 1968, just days before the Olympic Games.  According to George, our guide, the world reacted in a sort of ho hum way - they were communists demanding better working and living conditions so.....  The games went ahead as planned and were very successful-

After about an hour's drive in traffic, we came to a tourist t…

Mexico City, March 16, 2018

The sun was shining on the Catedral-

as I walked to my first stop- Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor is a new excavation right in the heart of downtown Mexico.  In 1978, some electricity workers found an 8 tonne stone disc carving of Coyolxauhqui, an Aztec goddess.  The city decided it was time to bulldoze some colonial buildings and excavate.  They found a lot of cool stuff.  This platform dates from 1400 A.D.-

The temple is on the exact spot where the Aztecs, after being directed by Huizilopochtli, the Aztec war God, went searching for a new home and found their eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its mouth.  The area was built in 7 different stages over 200 years featuring temples to the rain God Tlaloc and the god of war, Huitzilopochtli-

made out of earth, lime, sand and a lot of volcanic rock that was readily available and that could be transported via boat in the nearby lake.  They could transport up to 1200 kg-

The chac-mool sculpture is Tláloc, the God of rain.  It dates back to 135…