Mexico city, Mexico
April 4, 2005
The main street in León is Boulevard Lopez Mateos, which begins at the official entrance in the east of the city, marked by a steel bridge called Puente del Milenio (Millennium Bridge) with a monument on the side. The airport is 20km from it. It heads into the west, and after passing on the side of the downtown area, it turns northwest into the expensive neighbourhood of El Campestre, where the nice houses and malls are located.
In downtown you can find the Main Square, a pedestrian-only area with nicely maintained gardens and fountains. All around the square there are shops of all kinds and quality. You will find guys selling colored balloons and cheap toys to entertain your kids. There are also kiosks selling newspapers (local only, nothing in English), phone cards, lottery tickets, and candy. If you are driving, there is an underground parking lot that is very convenient, as the pedestrian entrances are in the Main Square. To the east of the square, you find the palace of the government, the site of the county powers, where locals deal with all their paperwork.
The Cathedral is located a couple of blocks north from the Main Square. Is small in comparison with Mexico City's, but the interior is richly decorated in the Churrigueresco style. If you are facing the cathedral, there is a small site museum to the right, inside the inner patios. You pay a small fee about $1 per person to see Colonial-era paintings of the bishops of Leon, some fine dresses and headdresses made with gold filaments, and furniture of the era.
From journal Leather All Over You