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Castillo de Chapultepec Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tourists wander around the grounds of the Castillo de Chapultepec Apr. 22 in Mexico City.

The day after the wedding, a group of 12 of us (including Anne and Alberto) went into Mexico City to see the Castillo de Chapultepec. Nearly 200 years old, the hilltop palace contains the national museum of history, which covers the period from the Spanish conquest through about 1917. After it was first built, it sat unoccupied for a few decades. Later, it was the site of a military college, home to Maximillian, and until 1939 was the governor's palace. Then it sat empty again for quite a while, until it became a museum.

There are many fascinating artifacts and beautiful paintings inside, but unfortunately they won't allow photography. Not even without a flash. Unless it's a video camera ... whatever. So no pictures for you.

Later, we dropped Stuart and Sue off at the main bus terminal, and they went off on their own to explore Taxco and other parts of the country.

Then, we drove back to La Marquesa, a forested area between Mexico City and Ocoyoacac, known locally for its sport fishing and other vacation-y activities. We had a wonderful dinner there in spite of the torrential rain and hail, before going home for the evening.