¡Andale to Mexico City!: Part I – Toluca
After a good night’s sleep in our room at Meson de Leyendas, we ate a lovely buffet breakfast in the patio area of the hotel restaurant again. Fresh papaya, pineapple, yogurt, granola (with all the toppings), waffles, coffee and fresh squeezed juices hit the spot before another day of driving. From Valle de Bravo, we drove in the van back towards Mexico City with a stop at La Cabana del Oso (a roadside restaurant) for a lunch of Seta mushroom soup and squash blossom quesadillas. The soup was soothing on a wonky belly. 🙂
Back in the van after lunch, we were off again and stopped in Toluca to visit the Jardin Botanico Cosmovitral (the botanical gardens inside a building with the most incredible stained glass art installation I’ve ever seen in that style). Designed and created by Leopoldo Flores (1934-2016), this museum of sorts houses stained glass windows all the way around the building as well as across the ceiling. And, in themed sections all around the indoor botanical gardens are flora from all around the world, including an Asian Zen garden and cacti from the local area. The stained glass tells the story of Humankind’s journey – and the battle of darkness and light, good and evil. Birds are represented in the glass – the wise owl and the eagle (a strong symbol of pride in Mexico).
It was a great place to take a moment, take a breath, and enjoy the morphing colors as the sun penetrated the stained glass creating varying palettes on the plants. Constellations speckled along the ceiling blend with the other designs leading to the large installation at the far end of a man and a woman. The spiral between them is representing our galaxy – a pattern echoed in the woman’s womb.
Toluca has a bit of a London vibe – except for the largest “mural” in the world living on the exterior walls of the residents houses on the hill. It’s definitely worth a visit.