Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico

The Frida Kahlo Museum or the Blue House, located at 247 London street in the center of Coyoacan; one of the oldest neighborhoods in Mexico City. The house belonged to the Kahlo family since 1904 and four years after the painter’s death in 1958, was converted into a museum. The rooms show the work of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as the environment in which they lived. Due to a serious accident Frida was immobilized in the column, but that does not stop her to continue painting and you can see the bed day and night bed she used. You can also see her studio, the library, the stove based on wood, their belongings and of course her works. Frida suffered since childhood (polio), the serious accident that left her prostrate, not being able to have children and her husband’s infidelity, moments that marked the pain reflected in her works. Diego Rivera asked Dolores Olmedo at his death and the death of Frida, the house was to be opened as a museum to the public except for a bathroom, which could only be opened fifteen years later. It was opened fifty years later, and they found a lot of pictures, clothes, books, toys and documents so they had to take the neighboring property to introduce these new elements.

Tips

The museum is closed on Mondays. Tickets can be purchased online.
If you want a guided tour you must book in advance. It is in Spanish, but it is possible to ask it in English if the group is 20 people or more.
There is another dramatized visit, made by an actress playing the role of Frida. It generally takes place twice a month.

Mural Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Mural Festival is an event that takes place in Montreal in June since 2013. It is an art expression that met American artists who make urban art. This expands on the Boulevard St- Laurent ( street that separates the city of Montreal in two (east-west) between Sherbrooke Street and St. Joseph Boulevard. You can meet real-time artists and watch how they perform their art at the same time there are music shows, conferences, gourmet places with different terraces to eat in the area and even other activities that change day by day. There are both day and night activities.

Tips

To better enjoy this event, visit their website for a schedule. There are some activities or shows you must pay like guided tours, concerts, etc, but to walk in the street and see the creations, there is no ticket to buy.

Temple of the Sun, Cuzco, Peru

The Temple of the Sun or Coricancha (surrounded in gold in quechua), was the most sacred place of the Empire of the Incas. It’s from Coricancha that the system of Ceques shone, consisting of forty-one imaginary lines, along which there were three – hundred – twenty – eight huacas (buildings), positioned on one side and other of theTahuantinsuyu (the name that the incas gave to their empire, meaning ‘the land of the four quarters’). This particular organization allowed a total control of the empire from Cuzco. It’s exactly at Cuzco that we find substantial remains of this building which was the scene of important ceremonies of the Inca : marriages, sacred, funerals. It is there that their mummies were preserved, sitting on golden thrones. Its great walls of stone, in Inca’s style, measuring 140 m long and 135 m wide; were richly decorated. Spanish chroniclers have abundantly described its fabulous treasures, until they have melted or disappeared; the edge of the temple, the walls painted in blue, was adorned with a huge gold cornice, altars, doors, statues, were decorated with plates of gold and silver, sometimes inlaid with precious stones reflecting the light of the dayduring the day and at night with the torches. The sactuaire door was adorned with gold and silver patterns. Above the altar, there was a large gold disc representing the sun; for its strategic position, the rays of the rising sun beat on it and did it shine. At he arrival of the Spaniards, the golden plates covering the walls were torn and the mummies of the ancient Incas desecrated. The only things that remained standing were the foundations that, shortly after, served as basis for the construction of the Church and the convent of Santo Domingo.

Tips

Cuzco is located at 3,400 metres of altitude so consider that during the night it’s cold but in the day, especially from April to October, there’a lot of sunshine so you should be careful not to get ill cause of the hot temperatures. Sunglasses and solar protector are suitable.