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Mexico City Part 2

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After few drinks on the first night we were a little foggy at the start of our first full day. We made it down to breakfast and met up with a couple who had also won the competition. They turned out to be great company for the adventures that followed. They had been very organised and booked a private tour from  the UK and asked if we wanted to tag along. This turned out to be a real result and we spent the next two days exploring Mexico City with them. 

We checked out Coyoacan, Teotihuacan, Basilica of our lady Guadalupe, Frida Kahlo museum, the post office Xochimilco canals amongst other things. What is immediately apparent about Mexico city is the wealth of sights to see. There is so many interesting museums and sights to see. Also quite apparent is the lack of organisation. There is still a lot of work to be done in Mexico on their tourist information but that aside it is well worth stopping for a few days to check it out.

Safety- I am sure there are parts of the city you don't want to find yourself in but as tourists we never felt unsafe. Even with the crowds it never felt out of control. There are police every where in the tourist areas. 

My Highlights aside from getting to spend a week with my brother which is a rarity.

-Xochimilco possibly the craziest boat ride I ve ever been on. Go on a Sunday when the locals use the canals for family celebrations. Music, fun and possibly more boats than water. Well worth a visit!

-Coyoacan was a beautiful part of the city and had some really amazing alters which were put up to honour family members that had pass on. These were the best we saw in Mexico city on our trip. Also the Frida Kahlo museum was here although I didn't think this was worth the entrance fee to be honest. The local market was great and well worth a visit. 

-The Mexico City post office is simply stunning and was designed by one of the few architects (Adamo Boari) who understood the ground he was building on and as such it is one of the few buildings that isn't sinking and it has survived a number of earthquakes. The exterior and interior are something to behold. Eclectic but amazing.

All in all we had a great trip and made some memories which is what it is all about!

Grasp every opportunity and seize every day!

Mid chat but you get the idea. Xochimilco

Mid chat but you get the idea. Xochimilco

Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

A small chapel in the grounds of the Basilica of our lady Guadalupe

A small chapel in the grounds of the Basilica of our lady Guadalupe

Two large frozen margaritas why not! 

Two large frozen margaritas why not! 

Paper mache day of the dead celebrations.

Paper mache day of the dead celebrations.

Zocalo Square

Zocalo Square

Post office

Post office

Mexico City Day of the Dead

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So recently I was lucky enough to spend a week in Mexico city over the day of the dead courtesy of Xfm and a well timed morning text. So competition won, myself and my brother Andy headed to Mexico city for a week of exploration and adventure. We arrived at mexico city airport at around 5am to find no driver waiting for us. Great start! After about 25mins finally we had a driver.

6am we arrived at the Gran Ciudad de Mexico. This Hotel is stunning. Location right on zocalo square and right in the heart of the historic centre. It has the most beautiful stain glass roof in the main lobby from the 1920s using Tiffany glass. The hotel was originally the first department store in Mexico City. It had some of the first elevators in Mexico City which are brilliant and still working. 

 

After a nap we went for a walk to hunt for some breakfast. We wondered around the local streets and what is immediately apparent that everything is separated in areas. Clothing shops in one street, diy in another, under crackers in another you get the idea. Breakfast found we continued our exploring. Afternoon we may of found a little bar and drunk a few of the 150 beers they had on the menu. We left the bar and found the streets full of people and when I say full I mean really full. Turns out we missed seeing the parade. oops but the beer was good! More to follow.......

So we are off!

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All the products are in and the packaging is looking fabulous. The first Hornbeam briefcase has left the warehouse and reached its new owner. The intro video has been filmed and is in editing now and we have a new PR girl. It's all go here!

Factory Visit 2015

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After my trip to China to check through the stock we are pleased to say that all is looking great. We are looking forward to it arriving at the end of February/beginning of March. We spent a day in the factory checking through the production and in our opinion they have turned into some truly beautiful bags but hey we are a little bit biased.