The grandeur of the Museo del Palacio which has withstood revolution and earthquakes, as well as another swarm of tourism. The green stone building is done in that old time style so notable with vaulted arches and stucco decoration. It has a beautiful post-Rivera mural Aurturo Garcia Bustos. It was once all open, the area we were in, and open, as horse drawn carriages brought in visitors by way of horse and buggy.
We went through the marketplace in the Zócalo, the amazing market now under siege in part by the striking teachers. The marketplace has lots of food and intersting things. In fact, where would find so many things going on and a siege, with the teacher protest tool. Vendors, I understand, are more spread out.
The afternoon is spent in one of the most beautiful structures I have ever been in. We spent the afternoon at the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, this is the area where the Jesuit priests presided. It is a fascinating structure because it is one of those postcards at every corner. Whoever designed the structure took tremendous care where windows were placed, what the gardens looked like at a separate angle, how things faced the mountain. It is subtle and beautiful, it is the way architecture was meant to be done, designed with great care. Guiding you through spaces, guiding you through air, guiding you through light. More on another blog.
The afternoon rains forced everyone indoors, even though many happenings were occurring especially a wedding in the church next door. Also out of the rain a young group of people, all dressed for an affair, perhaps a parade?