This morning, J.J. and I took the Funicular for a panoramic view of the city. At the top, the monument of El Pipila, a silver miner, dominates. El Pipila is revered as a Mexican hero for his bravery in the war of independence from Spain.
The view from the top is spectacular. I was able to get a birds eye view of churches and temples, plazas and squares. Raphael offered his service of a licensed volunteer tour guide. He basically walked with us about 100 meters along the stone barricade to point out major touristic attractions. We gave him 100 MXN (US $5.56). The cost of the Funicular was also $5.56 for the 2 of us.
Valentine is huge for florists and restaurateurs around the world. For lunch, JJ and I chose an upscale restaurant with outdoor seating in Union Square. Excellent meal and great place for people watching.
A charming scene of a marriage proposal in front of the Teatro Juarez attracted many couples and families with children. We all cheered and clapped as the embarrassed lady accepted the engagement ring with tears flowing freely. A hired Mariachi band surrounded the couple playing music. Ah, such is love.
Chocolate covered strawberries were waiting in our room, an unexpected gift from the hotel :-).
Aloha -- Cathi