Learn about this enigmatic and ground breaking woman who expressed herself through her art, politics, friendships and loves. By visiting historic sites, such as the Antiguo Colegio San Idelfonso (La Prepa), the neighborhood of Coyoacan, the Casa Azul (where Frida grew up), and the Frida and Diego Studios in San Angel, we relive the spaces where Frida moved and lived. At the Museo Dolores Olmedo we view an extraor- dinary collection of her artwork, as well as those of Diego Ri- vera. On this tour, we receive special lectures by art historians and anthropologists who will give us more insight into Frida Kahlo; her life and work. Join us!
Day 1: Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City, one of the world’s largest and most fascinating cit- ies! Tonight we have a special welcome reception and dinner at favorite La Fon- da del Refugio in the “Zona Rosa”, a for- mer home known for its charm and great food. The guacamole, margaritas and tacos de huitlacochtle (a dark blue fungus that grows on corn) are particularly good.
Day 2: Our day begins with a visit to Anahuacalli, a spectacular museum conceived and designed by Diego Rivera to house his amazing collection of prehis- panic art. Also, as Saturdays are special in the south of the city, we will be visiting charming San Angel with its cobble- stone streets and the famed Bazaar Sabado arts and crafts market. Some of Mexico City’s finest artists show and sell their works here. After our strolling, viewing and shopping, we relax at the lovely colonial garden restaurant, San Angel Inn for lunch. Now that we have rested, we continue our touring with a visit to the Frida and Diego Studios designed by Juan O’Gorman, and where each worked independently. Returning home, we stop at Mexico’s largest uni- versity campus, UNAM to view the spectacular O’Gorman mosaic murals on the walls of the main library. (B, L)
Day 3: Our day is dedicated to Mexico City’s Historic District, which will in- clude many stops, such as: viewing of the “Dream of Sunday Afternoon in Alame- da”, mural painting by Diego Rivera; shopping at Fonart for the finest selec- tion of regional crafts from Mexico; visit- ing the famed House of Tiles and the Ne- oclassical Palace of Fine Arts. Later, we make our way to the Colegio San Idelfonso, known as the “Prepa”, or high school where Frida and Diego first met. We lunch at El Cardenal (B, L)
Day 4: Today we enjoy an excursion to Puebla, and Cholula to see the tradi- tional Talavera pottery, with roots back to 15th Century Spain. Actually, the de- signs and tradition of these tiles date back to 8th Century Islamic culture and during the Middle Ages in Italy, these tile motifs were blended. It is sometimes re- ferred to as majolica. In Cholula we visit the Spanish and Indigenous churches of Santuario San Francisco Acatepec and Santa Maria Tonantzintla. We lunch on the famed mole Poblano. (B, L)
Day 5: Our day begins with a breakfast discussion where we will learn about Fri- da and the Revival of Indigenous Dress. This discussion will include how Mexi- cans and the outside world have viewed indigenous dress over the years and its importance to cultural diversity. From here, we go on a special visit to the Mus- eo Frida Kahlo where recently over 300 articles were found, including ex- traordinary pieces of Frida’s wardrobe from indigenous communities through- out Mexico. After lunch in Coyoacan, we take a guided visit of the Museo Dolores Olmedo the former home of Dolores Olmedo, who was a patron of the arts and of Diego Rivera. (B, L)
Day 6: Today is dedicated to the art and cultural heritage of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and the muralist movement. Our tour begins at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the magnificent neoclassical, art deco and art nouveau opera house in downtown Mexico City. We begin with a guided tour of the Rivera, Orozco, Si- queiros and Tamayo murals that surround the building’s interior. Here, we see Man at the Crossroads, which Ri- vera originally intended for Rockefeller Center. Strolling through the Historic Center, we make our way to the Zocalo, where we visit the National Palace to see one of Diego Rivera’s masterpieces. (B, L)
Day 7: We have left one of Mexico’s great treasures for the final day: the Museo Nacional de Antropologia which houses art and treasures from the ancient civlizations of Mesoamerica, which in- clude the Olmec, Zapotec, Maya, Toltec and Aztec. We lunch at the museum café and have free time for independent view- ing. Tonight we have a fabulous farewell dinner at El Bajio, where chef Carmen “Titita” Ramirez will introduce us to some of Mexico’s finest traditional cui- sine. She even offers a Frida and Diego menu of items they loved! (B, D)
Day 8:Today, we sadly depart from this extraordinary and culturally rich city. Of course, you are welcome to extend your stay and enjoy more of it!