México City is a blast. Everyone should take a week(end at least!) to hang out in this awesome city. The band and I travelled in April 2016 to play the Polanco International Jazz Festival as the only Canadian and International Act, and we were thrilled.


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The festival is an open-air stage with thousands of people all ready to hang, dance, eat, and party in the gorgeous Polanco district.  After a morning rehearsal…

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Uh… we did the same! Nancy, Ethan, Paco and I went for some food.

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Since we had the afternoon to hang after an early soundcheck, we walked for hours, not realizing exactly how long it would take to get from Polanco to Zona Rosa where we stayed.  This was an awesome turn of events, as we got to see the city from a pedestrian view.

Herewith, my favourite walking sites along our route!

Museo Nacional de Antropología

This site is breathtaking, and I’m only talking about the grounds! Please, please, book yourself a day to hang here!

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We walked the perimeter of the museum and everyone in the band, that very moment, planned to come back to visit with their families.

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Remarkable! Paco Luviano, our bass player extraordinaire, was able to educate us a little on the history of  the city and landmarks.

Parque México  

You must plan another full day to hang in this park.  Located in the Condesa neighbourhood, this park is full of sculptures, foliage, theatres and water features. Fountains and benches were created by architect Leonardo Noriega.

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We didn’t even scratch the surface of this incredible spot.

Polanco 

It’s a great hood – people are walking everywhere, it’s a shopping and dining district, and absolutely fun for the whole family.

We mostly ate our way through.

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And then found a nice spot to rest while our food settled.

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music. books. food. good friends. walking in nature.  We experienced the stuff of life.

At night, music time!

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Don’t forget to look around, street art is everywhere!13015334_10153512975055778_2729027343643652275_n

There’s a million more places to visit in México City, and we only had a few short hours.  Paco and I did manage to also see the Centro Historico, have a latte at Cineteca Nacional (the Film Museum), have a few interviews at UNAM (my  first bilingual interview!), hang at the Canadian Embassy a while, and come home with tequila, por supuesto.

In fact, the thing in CDMX (local slang for México City) is fine mezcal.  There are key differences between tequila and mezcal – essentially, mezcal incorporates a different approach to distillation, and many more varieties of agave.

After our show, we were gifted a bottle, by one of the artisans working in the craft market surrounding the festival stadium.

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So, we’ll return to México City any day of the week, and you should too.  It’s a phenomenal destination, and will hit any point on your travel list, be it rest, adventure, nature, city, music, poetry, culture and imagination.