During Colonial times, San Angel was a popular place for the wealthy spaniards to build their estates and summer homes. Today, Mexico City has encompassed this pretty neighbourhood. On Saturdays, one of the finest art and craft markets, the Bazar Sabado, takes place San Angels Plaza San Jacinto.
We took a trip to San Angel on Saturday to attend the markets. We had some trouble getting there though. The train was easy, but not so taking the bus. After exiting the train station we were greeted with a multitude of peseros (buses) but none mentioned San Angel. We finally asked a driver of one in our awkward Spanish and he escorted us over to the correct one and we were off. We squeezed into the tiny seats of the pesero while the driver threw the bus around the road as if it were a tank. When the bus did stop, and what would be a very common occurence for us while in Mexico, almost all of the passengers on the bus turned around to us and pointed to get off here while others said "Plaza San jacinto, Plaza San Jacinto". We figured they were telling us this is where we get off and the bus driver explained something along the lines of "2 blocks that way". After feeling somewhat lost as to which direction to go and walking 2 blocks, we bumped into a man from New York who said that everyone always says 2 blocks that way. Luckily, he too was searching for the Markets and so now 3 gringos looked lost (it's always more comforting when you're not alone). After talking to a policeman who in an astounding insightful moment again said, "2 blocks that way" we did finally find it and said goodbye to our amigo from NYC.
San Angel was beautiful with small cobblestoned streets in much of the area. Displays for Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) were also present with one lady giving her offerings to the display just outside one of the markets. After wandering around the markets we headed off to Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo's home before having an early dinner at the San Angel Inn - famous for entertaining guests such as Santa Anna and his troops and Pancho Villa.