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  • 04Mar


    Spring is in full force, isn't this tree beautiful?

    A friend who used to live here in Mazatlan offered to house and pet sit during Carnaval and Paul and I jumped at the chance to get away.  We do love Carnaval but thought it would be fun to get out of town for a change.  We decided to spend a week in Guadalajara, booking a rental in Colonia Americas.  The Americas and Lafayette areas are very lively and fun areas to explore. We were thrilled with our choice.

    We walked all over, of course.  Ate a lot of good food and enjoyed a few cocktails.  It was a blast. The weather was lovely and warm and spring was in full force, as you can see by the park photo above.

    Downtown Guadalajara is under siege as they dig a subway.  It should take another year but will be fabulous when it is done.

    Downtown Guadalajara is under siege as they dig a subway. It should take another year but will be fabulous when it is done.


    We found a fantastic cocktail bar not too far away and listened to some excellent music while enjoying cocktails a couple of times. (Oliveria, Libertad 1852)

    We found a fantastic cocktail bar not too far away and listened to some excellent music while enjoying cocktails a couple of times. (Oliveria, Libertad 1852)


    We enjoyed some of the local beer at Mercado Chapultepec

    We enjoyed some of the local beer at Mercado Chapultepec

    We spent a day at Tlaquepaque, and another day at a fabulous mall. We walked to and from Centro and tested lots of park benches. It was great.  Well, sorry to not say more but I am in a rush to finish this as I am heading out of town in a few minutes to share a week in Sedona with my sisters.  Stay tuned!






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  • 03Feb

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    Last summer sometime our son and his family commented that they were going to be going to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas to attend a wedding in November.  When we heard that we immediately asked if we could tag along.  We love to travel with them and San Cristóbal had been somewhere we had been wanting to visit.  So in mid-November we met up with our son, daughter-in-law, their daughter and our granddaughter (who was living with them and going to school for a semester abroad) in the México City airport. It didn’t take long to arrive at Tuxtla Guitérrez and catch a shuttle for the one hour trip to San Cristóbal.  What gorgeous scenery along the way, I wish I had taken some pictures.  By the way, this will be a picture heavy post, all the pictures were taken with my phone, including the one at the top, taken at Na Bolom, a must visit museum.

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    We had rented an Air B & B house right in the center of town. That's it, just above.

    Chiapas4We had so much fun!  We walked all over, especially on the many pedestrian
    only streets (hint, hint Mazatlán) and had some incredible food
    and drink.  Above you’ll see our granddaughter buying some chapulines,
    (or grasshoppers) for a snack!

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    I love all the street vendors.

     

    Nut vendor

    Nut vendor

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    Chamula

    The above picture of our granddaughters was taken in front of the church in Chamula.  This is an amazing and interesting place and you can read a very good blog post about it here.

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    Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya. All those drawers are full of gorgeous huipiles and other clothing from the region.


    I love they way they decorate their delivery trucks!

    I love they way they decorate their delivery trucks!


    Pretty doorway and pretty occupant!

    Pretty doorway and pretty occupant!

    I don’t have a picture to show you but we all had an amazing time at the handcrafts market.  It seemed endless and we pretty much shopped until we dropped.  Lots of clothing, scarves, hats, fancy dog collars, and much more came home with all of us. The city is so fun, there was lots of spontaneous music around town and of course amazing coffee!

    Our son and granddaughter on their way to the wedding.

    Our son and granddaughter on their way to the wedding.


    One highlight of the trip for all of us was visiting the Museo de Trajes Regionales run by Sergio Castro to fund his humanitarian work in the area.  I have known about Sergio for years through my friend Betsy who runs My Mexico Tours.  There has been a movie made about him, titled El Andalón, which is incredibly inspiring, and if you search on YouTube you will find other short videos about him and his work. Sergio was treating patients in the courtyard of the museum while we were there – as we were leaving he came over to greet us.  Just being in his presence for a short time was extremely moving.

     

    Photo credit: https://www.locogringo.com/loco-adventure-sergio-castro-museum-regional-clothing

    Sergio Castro Photo credit: https://www.locogringo.com/loco-adventure-sergio-castro-museum-regional-clothing

    There is a long history of political activism in Chiapas and there is lots of political graffiti around town, see below.

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    Our trip to Chiapas was over much too soon and we were on our way back to México City where the family went back to school and work and Paul and I caught a bus for our next adventure, Guanajuato.  That’ll be in a day or two, stay tuned!

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  • 13Sep

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    Paul and I headed to Mexico City in August for a couple of weeks visiting family.  Our youngest granddaughter Consuelo wasn’t back in school yet and our older granddaughter Erica is doing a semester abroad and living in Mexico City with my son and his family.  So that’s a two-fer that we couldn’t pass up! (Two granddaughters at once, get it?)

    We spent the first three days of our trip in Mexico City.  We explored downtown,  got a tour of Erica’s school and met some of her friends.  We had a fabulous super-meal (like 4 hours) at La Docena, (Obregon 31, Colonia Roma) delicious chocolate and pastries at Panadería Rosetta (Colima 179, Colonia Roma) and a stroll through the newly reconstructed Parque Pushkin.  We always have a great time in Mexico City and as always our time was too short.

    Paul and Erica and I took the bus to Tepoztlán on Friday afternoon as it would have been a crunch in the car and it was good to show Erica the bus as she’ll be using it back and forth some weekends for sure.  We spent the rest of our time in the town of Tepoztlán, Morelos, at their weekend house.

    Paul and I stayed by ourselves after everyone went back to the work week in the city, then they rejoined us the following weekend.  What a great time we had!  And I can’t forget that I was lucky this time to enjoy ice cream at Tepoznieves twice – I had guanabana both times, it was delicious.  Tepoznieves is my favorite ice cream place ever, they were founded in Tepoztlán and are pretty much on every block downtown.

    The picture at the top is of one of the most beautiful trees encountered on our hike to the waterfall in the mountains near their house.  Following will be lots more pictures, too.  Just scroll along and you’ll see what a beautiful place it is, especially in the rainy season.  The air was cool and fresh and we had a welcomed respite from the heat here in Mazatlán.

    Beautiful flowers

    Beautiful flowers

    Heading out on our hike

    Heading out on our hike

    Ferns

    Ferns

    Waterfall

    Waterfall

    Up and more up

    Up and more up

    Pretty

    Pretty

    Beautiful pool

    Beautiful pool

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    Paul

    Paul

    Heading home

    Heading home

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    Fungi

    Hanging on a fence

    Hanging on a fence

    Beautiful vista

    Beautiful vista

    Pretty

    Pretty

    Roadside vegetation

    Roadside vegetation

    Figs

    Figs


    Passion Fruit

    Passion Fruit

    Chayote

    Chayote


    Flowers

    Flowers

    Dish of the fruits sold at Vivero Yautepec

    Dish of the fruits sold at Vivero Yautepec

    Starfruit

    Starfruit

    Side of the road

    Side of the road

    Corn growing nearby

    Corn growing nearby

    Rainy vista

    Rainy vista

    Gorgeous gate

    Gorgeous gate

    Orange ice cream served in an orange "bowl" with orange "lid".  Others at the table had pineapple, mamey, and apple, all in their own fruit containers. (At El Itacate)

    Orange ice cream served in an orange "bowl" with orange "lid". Others at the table had pineapple, mamey, and apple, all in their own fruit containers. (At El Itacate, Yautepec)

    Local brews and kombucha

    Local brews and kombucha

    The way they sold quantities of corn at the local grocery

    The way they sold quantities of corn at the local grocery

    Erica loved her snack at the mercado

    Erica loved her snack at the mercado

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    Our haul from the mercado one day

    Consuelo enjoying her chilaquiles

    Consuelo enjoying her chilaquiles


    They are waiting patiently for their treats

    They are waiting patiently for their treats


    Pretty much every night we enjoyed a fire

    Pretty much every night we enjoyed a fire


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