Reforma Avenue and The Chapultepec Castle

This is Reforma Avenue. I took these pictures when I went up the column of the Angel of Independence. Magnificent view. It was a shame that it was cloudy. Also you will notice a lot of people using their bikes. It’s Sunday, when the city closes all car access to this streets so families can go biking.

Far out what would seem the end of the avenue is the Castle of Chapultepec. Yes, a Castle. Here a battle took place around 1845. It was the Mexican-American War. Yep. We had our “share” too, but that is another story.

Below, I made a zoom to the Castle. To the right, is a Amusment Park, named Chapultepec. (very creative) You can see the Russian Mountain, the third largest in the world made of wood.

Cinco de Mayo: The Quiz!

Have you ever wondered why on earth a mexican holiday is also celebrated in a foreign country? Or is it perhaps better to say, remembered? Well if it is the day to have free Coronas, XX, or Tecates some guacamole and mexican food.. and the inevitable Mariachis, that is celebration.

Cinco de Mayo was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1863 in South California. In the 50’s and 60`s Mexican-Americans or American-Mexicans gained a bi-national flavors.

So far so good?         


The Quiz:

1. Is Cinco de Mayo the day of Mexico’s Independence? True/False

2.Was Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph von Habsburg-Lothringen from Austria, a Mexican Emperor? True/False

3.Was Mexico about to be at war with France, Ingland and Spain? True/False

4.Was Maximilian sent to rule Mexico by Napoleon the III (you know.. the guy from France)?

5. Did Mexico fight against the French army?

This is a spoiler!

6. Was there a battle where  476  frenchmen die and only 83 mexicans?

(In this picture, Maximilian, Our Mexican Emperor from Austria)

And the ANSWERS:

Number 1 is false. The rest is TRUE.

Cinco de Mayo is when Mexicans celebrate winning a battle against France in 1862. The french emperor lasted until 1866, when Napoleon withdraw his military and economic support due to the situation in Europe at that time. It was when, Mexico started receiving U.S. financial and diplomatic support as the American Civil War was ending (ring a bell?).

Euphorbia pulcherrima. Come again?

Euphorbia pulcherrima. Come again?

This is better known in other countries as Poinsettia. In Mexico is also known as Noche Buena. But I guess you did’t know it is originally from Mexico and Central America?

It was first introduced into the US in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett first United States Minister to Mexico (Wikipedia).

Well, now this flower belongs to the world!

Mexican Independence Day, Military Parade.

September 16th is the day of the Military Parade in Mexico. For some it might be a surprise to see another’s country marching too, like Germany, US, France, Peru, Canada and many others. The parade’s purpose is to celebrate more than 200 years of independence and it is performed every year. It takes place in Mexico City all along Reforma Avenue, which is one of the main streets of the city. There is also a display of air and ground armament, but in times like this I preferred to show only the colorful side of it and forget a bit about what could be seen as means to  war.

There is also thousands of people gathered on the streets to see the parade pass by. I will show you some of that in my next post.