- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (April 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511448334
- ISBN-13: 978-1511448338
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mexico CIty: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler Paperback – April 10, 2015
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About the Author
Jim Johnston was born in New York City and grew up in the woods of New Hampshire. After studying architecture at the University of Virginia and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts, he worked as a professional artist in New York City for 27 years before moving full-time to Mexico in 1997, where he continues working as an artist and writer.
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My advice: Don't leave for Mexico City without it!
I came across this title while preparing for my recent trip to Mexico City. I wanted to update the guide books I already owned. This one stood out with both its unconventional approach and the excellent reviews it has earned.
The book's philosophy is simple: The author leaves conventional, straightforward matters (like what is contained in which museum) to mainstream guidebooks (or the internet). Instead, he (a long-time resident of the city) shares his notes, insights and opinions with you. The book is densely packed with the kind of practical information which makes or breaks a trip: Safety, hotels, taxis, food (especially street food) and nightlife. The centerpiece is a collection of carefully crafted walking tours. I followed the itineraries using google maps rather than the maps in the books which worked out OK for me. I had time for four only and I can attest that without this guide I would have missed out on sights and experiences (and foods) which really turned my visit into an unforgettable one. For example: I would not have eaten in the Mercado de Antojitos in Coyoacan and tasted the best deep-fried quesadillas I've ever eaten (Tour # 15) . I would also never found the Plaza de Los Arcangeles, the serenity of which needs to be experienced to be believed (Tour #16).
And so it goes...at the end there is even a list of classic Mexican films and novels to prepare you for the experience (or for you to remember the place fondly afterwards).
All in all, it was like being accompanied by an experienced, sophisticated friend who wants to show you the city he loves. That's great value for $13.90, don't you think?
Jim Johnston's "Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler" is the favorite resource for these many visitors, who inevitably fall in love with this wonderful town, thanks, in great measure, to this guide!
The book is light in weight and might be useful. Just don't expect too much.
Jim has a very good Mexico City blog as well.