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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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  • 16Feb

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    We are so lucky to have family close by – an hour and a half by plane in México City.  On the spur of the moment we made arrangements to visit, arriving on Friday and leaving on Monday.  Why not?

    Our granddaughter was so excited – she called multiple times, telling us how excited she was that we were coming.  We know we need to visit more often, it is such a treat to feel like grandparent rock stars.

    Our low key weekend meant that our son and his wife got a chance to get away for an anniversary overnight in a hotel while Paul and I got to hang out with our granddaughter.  We had a great time, eating tacos delivered by Uber Eats, listening to her play the drums, and watching her ride her scooter. You can see her riding her scooter in the photo at the top, while wearing her Griffindor (Harry Potter) cape.  I love that photo!

    Swarovski Crystal Geodesic Globe

    Swarovski Crystal Geodesic Globe

    We had a lazy Saturday morning hanging about chatting and later headed out for Japanese food and a stroll in the neighborhood.   Later we made a nice tray of cheese and fruit and then snuggled up to watch Saturday Night Live.  What did I say?  It was such a nice relaxed family time!

    Why I didn't take many pictures... too many others in the way!

    Why I didn't take many pictures... too many others in the way!

    Sunday we went a fabulous breakfast at Lalo,  and then to the huge art and design show Zona Maco. What an incredible show, several football fields of art and design.  We spent hours enjoying it all while sipping on a lovely glass of Chardonnay. Afterwards we watched the horses cool off after a horse race at the adjacent racing oval.

    Some kind of knitted art

    Some kind of knitted art

    We piled back into their electric car and drove over to Parque Delta mall where we shopped a little and then relaxed in our recliners in the fancy theater – eating and sipping a beverage while watching La La Land. That was fun.

    Embroidered art

    Embroidered art

    Monday morning we all headed our different directions but we will be back for another quick visit soon, I’m sure!

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  • 06Feb

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    Guanajuato City had been on Paul’s wish list for a long time – I had spent a day there when traveling with my daughter-in-law’s family (before she was my daughter-in-law) in about 1994 or 1995.  So it was high time for the two of us to get there together and explore for a longer period of time.

    We bussed to Guanajuato on the luxury bus line ETN, dozing, watching a movie, and reading for the six hour trip from México City.  When we got to the bus station we grabbed a taxi to take us to our Air B & B apartment.  Well, in Guanajuato’s Centro usually you can only be dropped off somewhere near your destination! The city is primarily a city of callejones, or pedestrian only streets, and most of these are quite steep or have stairs. Guanajuato is bowl shaped and it really is unique. In our case we had to trundle our luggage two normal blocks and two blocks straight up that were part stairs and part paving stones.


    A dog must have stepped on the tile before it dried!

    A dog must have stepped on the tile before it dried!


    Our place was super well located and very comfortable.  I was having a lot of trouble walking at the time (long story, don’t ask) so being so centrally located made it perfect for us.  Our host was wonderful and we got hooked up right away with the local Cultura offerings and were able to attend a piano recital (in a space similar to Casa Haas in Mazatlán) and a symphony program in the Teatro Juárez.


    On the way to our place

    On the way to our place


    Our neighborhood near the San Francisco church had a street party the weekend we were there.  Crammed into the small square in front of the church were children’s rides, bouncy rooms, and all the food vendors you could imagine.  It was such fun. The photo at the top of the post was the papel picado they strung up ahead of the festivities.


    Very atmospheric setting

    Very atmospheric setting


    Guanajuato (similar to so many other Méxican cities like Durango, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de las Casas and Queretaro) has many pedestrian only streets. (Are you listening, Mazatlán?)  It makes these streets such lively places to stroll, both day and night.  They are real magnets for people – both locals and tourists.


    Just a street scene

    Just a street scene with La Pipila in the background


    We explored the city on foot a lot with frequent rests for my feet on the ample benches and public squares.  We took a tourist bus tour.  We skipped the mummies,  and also unfortunately skipped the funicular because the line was too long. (my feet again, sigh)


    Another block to our place

    Another block to our place


    We found lots of the restaurants our friends had recommended. Cafe Tal has the most delicious coffee – be sure to take a couple kilos home with you.  Delica Mitsu had wonderful Japanese food. La Vie en Rose was a fantastic French bakery and coffee shop.  We ate twice at La Capellina for their excellent Italian food.  We ate one night at La Trattoria with our table in the Juliet balcony overlooking the square. (location good/food not so much) After the symphony one night at around 11 pm we went for dinner at Casa Valadez along with all the movers and shakers of the city it seemed.  We felt like we had a front row seat to the who’s who of Guanajuato as they greeted each other and table hopped around this incredibly disorganized restaurant with servers looking more at their iPads than at the customers.  We had a great time.

    We went to a few museums (the Casa Diego Rivera museum was good) and to the main mercado.   The produce at the mercado was incredibly inexpensive.

    We had a wonderful time there and would love to go back sometime now that my feet are nearly well and spend at least a month.  It is a wonderful city, friendly and interesting.

    So what’s going on here in Mazatlán, you ask?


    Thousands of new palms are being planted along the malecon

    Thousands of new palms are being planted along the malecon

    The monigotes are up, teasing us that Carnaval will be here soon.

    The monigotes are up, teasing us that Carnaval will be here soon. You can see the beautifully redone Fisherman's Monument and the new sail-like cover over the basket ball court behind the monigote in this photo.



    The houses on Angel Flores are even more photogenic than usual!

    The houses on Angel Flores are even more photogenic than usual! Notice the new and improved balustrade?

    An artsy picture of palm tree shadows

    An artsy picture of palm tree shadows

    I hope you are all enjoying your winter!  See you!



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