MEXICO CITY is gearing
up for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mexican artist and
feminist icon Frida Kahlo, who will be celebrated with the
largest-ever exhibition of her paintings at the Fine Arts Palace in
the Mexican capital. The exhibit, scheduled for June 13 to Aug. 19,
will include 354 pieces of Kahlos works on loan from museums in
Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nagoya, Japan. The
exhibit encompasses one-third of Kahlos artistic production, the
museum said. In addition to the paintings, it will feature
manuscripts and 50 letters that have not been displayed previously.
The most recent international exhibition of Kahlos works took place
in 2005 at the Tate Modern in London, which displayed 87 works. The
Fine Arts Palace is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:30 a.m.
to 6:30 p.m.
ANOTHER EXHIBITION honoring Kahlo will take place in August at Casa Azul, the
house where Kahlo was born and raised and is now the official Frida
Kahlo Museum. Situated in the Mexico City neighborhood of Coyoacan,
the Frida Kahlo Museum will exhibit letters from Kahlos husband,
Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, as well as a collection of recently
discovered wardrobe items belonging to Kahlo. Meanwhile, Tia
Stephanie Tours in Michigan is offering The Life and Legacy of
Frida Kahlo, a seven-night tour that includes guided admission to
the Frida Kahlo Museum, the Kahlo exhibition at the Fine Arts
Palace, day excursions to Puebla and Cholula, and meals at some of
Mexico Citys finest restaurants, among other activities. The
itinerary is scheduled for Aug. 10 to 17 and costs $1,785, double,
including accommodations, daily breakfast and itinerary meals,
museum entrance fees, services of guides, transportation and
airport transfers. Air fare is extra. Visit www.tiastephanietours.com.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS added
two new deals to Mexico as part of its Hot Deals campaign. The
first Hot Deal offers a $100 discount for select four-night or
longer bookings to Mexico for travel between June 8 and Sept. 19.
The second Hot Deal includes a $150 activity credit for select
four-night or longer packages to Mexico that include travel between
Sept. 20 and Dec. 31. For information
on participating resorts, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.
UNITED VACATIONS is
offering room upgrades starting at $5 a night per person at Mexicos
Occidental Hotels & Resort. Under the promotion, customers who
book a minimum three-night stay at a participating Allegro or
Occidental Grand property by July 31 can upgrade to a higher room
category for a fee ranging from $5 to $20 per person per night.
Vacations must include a roundtrip flight, and travel must be
completed by Dec. 16. At the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Xcaret,
for example, guests who pay $20 per person per night for a room
upgrade receive a one-hour massage, breakfast in bed the first day
and a 10% discount on spa treatments. Call (800) 328-6877 or visit
" Continental on June 7 launched twice-weekly
service between Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and
Loreto, Mexico. During peak travel months in the summer, winter and
spring, the flight will depart Houston at 11:10 a.m. on Thursdays
and Sundays and arrive in Loreto at 1:18 p.m. The return flight
leaves Loreto at 1:50 p.m. and arrives in Houston at 5:35 p.m. In
the fall, the service will operate once a week on Saturdays. The
flights are operated aboard Embraer-145 XR jets with room for 50
passengers. In conjunction with the flight, the Loreto Bay Co.
launched Summer Getaway rates at the Inn at Loreto Bay. The Summer
Getaway promotion is in effect through September and includes
complimentary water sports. For more on the property, visit www.innatloretobay.com/hotel.
" Frontier Airlines on June 7 launched nonstop
service between Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Mazatlan three times
a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights depart DFW at
noon and arrive in Mazatlan at 1:30 p.m. Return flights depart
Mazatlan at 2:20 p.m. and arrive in Dallas at 5:35 p.m. The service
uses an Airbus A319.
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