Mexican travel for Kahlo fans

Q and A

Q&a

May 28, 2006|By SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

A friend and I want to visit Mexico, especially Frida Kahlo sites. Any recommendations?

Although it's possible to create a Frida Kahlo itinerary on your own, we found a small travel agency in Castroville, Texas, that visits sites related to Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, as part of a seven-day trip to Cuernavaca in November.

Tierra del Sol (mexicoprograms.com), an agency owned by former college professor Ward Albro, offers "A Day with Diego and Frida," with visits to the Frida Kahlo Museum in the Mexico City suburb of Coyoacan, the Diego Rivera Studio and Museum in San Angel and the Dolores Olmedo Museum in the Xochimilco district. All have examples of her paintings.

The Kahlo Museum, also known as Casa Azul (Blue House), is the home where Kahlo was born and lived most of her adult life. The museum has a number of her works but also contains her diary, jewelry, wheelchair, body cast and examples of the colorful clothing she often wore.

The Tierra del Sol tour also has day trips to Tepoztlan to visit a crafts market and to Taxco to peruse its many silver shops. Lodging, meals and transportation within Mexico are included in the price, which starts at $1,200.

We are planning a trip to Egypt, Jordan and Israel. Our tour company, which is handling the Egypt-Jordan portion, will leave us at the Israeli border. What's the best way to reach Jerusalem from there?

There are several crossing points, but you will probably want Allenby (known as the King Hussein crossing on the Jordan side). It's less than a half-hour drive to Jerusalem, and you can choose three modes of transportation.

First, you will have to pay a $30 border-crossing fee. Then, you will have your choice of a service taxi (basically, it's a private taxi) for about 250 Israeli new shekels (ILS), about $55; a shared taxi for 25 ILS, about $5.50 per person; or a bus, which transports passengers to and from Jerusalem but takes a bit longer than a taxi. Check www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Rashot, the Israeli government's airports and borders Web site.

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