Palacio Nacional

Diego River’s 1930’s mural masterpiece in the grand staircase in the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City.


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Today our Frida & Diego tour took us to the Zocalo, Mexico City’s Main Square. Visits included the Escuela Preparatoria (Preparatory School) where Frida attended, the auditorium where Diego painted his first mural upon returning from Paris in the early 1920’s, the Palacio Nacional with Diego’s staircase masterpiece, the opulent Palacio Itrubide Banamex and of course we got to see some indigenous dancers performing in the Zocalo!

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Mercado Artesanal

Our Friday in Coyoacán will allow ample time for shopping at the Mercado Artesanal Mexicano!collage mercado coyoacan

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Parque Centenario

Went to Zona Coyoacán’s Parque Centenario today to scout restaurants for the tour group’s lunch next Friday. Coyoacán is the fashionable suburb where Frida and Diego lived in the Casa Azul. The late afternoon light, filtered by the trees’ leaves, was wondrous. The fountain is renowned for its magnificent bronze coyotes’, the symbol of Zona Coyoacán.IMG_3698_fv web

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Chapultepec Park

IMG_3610_fv web-4 in the center of Mexico City is one of the largest parks in the Americas taking up over 1600 acres.

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The Two Fridas

IMG_3623_fv web-3One of my stops today was confirming our upcoming tour visit to the Museo de Arte Moderno’s Arte. Took a few extra minutes to bop-in to the Mexicano Gallery and see “The Two Frida’s”. The piece is truly AMAZING! It is widely considered one of Kahlo’s finest works. Frida was not a surrealist in truest sense of the word painting neurotic dreams or nightmares, instead she painted what she felt with sarcasm and wit.

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Frida & Diego Mexico City Tour

Day 2 on-the-ground in IMG_3732_fv web-3 putting finishing touches on the upcoming six day Frida and Diego Mexico City Tour that starts Tuesday. I am fortunate to be one of the tour leaders collaborating with Stevie Mack of Crizmac Travel and the Tucson Botanical Garden that just wrapped the incredibly successful Frida Kahlo-Art, Garden, Life Exhibit. Image is of Ángel de la Independencia on Paseo de la Reforma.

You can view tour brochure at…/17fd_view_brochure.pdf

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2018 Calendar More Info

Back cover of the 2018 Pueblo de Colores calendar shows location of the images. The calendar can be ordered via an email to It should be available for shipping by the end of the month. Be sure to mention you saw promo on Facebook for the 10% discount. Reminder, A portion of the proceeds from the calendar benefit the Toys-for-Tots program in Southern Arizona.13_Back page 28 2018 pdc

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2018 Calendar

The 2018 Pueblo de Colores calendar is a ” fait accompli” and off to the printer. Next comes the marketing phase. The calendar retails for $11.99 + tax. HOWEVER, if you mention you saw it on Facebook online you get a 15% discount, reducing the price to $9.99 PLUS you get FREE shipping and NO sales tax! The 2018 calendar features ALL NEW images of Tucson’s rich and varied architectural heritage including historic residences in the Barrio Libre, Presidio District, Sam Hughes and Blenmen-Elm Neighborhoods. The calendar measures 12×9 inches and consists of 28 pages in vivid color and is produced on the highest quality 80# gloss cover paper and 100# gloss text paper inside. The calendar should be available for delivery in late August.

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IMG_3277 fv webJust finished producing the last of the images for my 2018 Pueblo de Colores Calendar. This 1880’s Barrio residence is slated to be August image in next year’s calendar. The painterly effect is achieved by re-mastering the photographic image and digitally applying layers of painted brush strokes and other art effects.

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