"Colors of Mexico City"
One of the most surprising things about Mexico City is that it is easy to find calm in the middle of twenty million people. In the cool silence of a church interior, in an unexpected public garden sheltered by high walls, on a thoughtful bench along a quiet back street, there are plenty of peaceful harbors in which to rest.
The crazy colors that are part of life here – they are indeed deliberate, jaunty, reverential. The vivid hues of the street blend seamlessly with the muted tones of places of worship - rather than clashes, there are complements: crimson and gold, amethyst and aquamarine, all a symphony over windowsills and archways. With spaces hushed as a prayer, shade trees everywhere, and all of a rainbow's possibility, from delicate to garish, from iridescent to serene, this is a good place to have a conversation, or be a lover by the fountains.
Mexico City is renowned as one of the most important, and densely populated, cities in the world. To add to its credits, however, it also seems a place of civility by nature, where in our frenetic world of high culture, international business, and people on every corner, it is still possible to have public places that soothe the anxiousness of being urban.