15 janvier 2011

San Miguel de Allende

The bus to San Miguel is easy to catch and we are ready to face the land of retired ‘gringos’ cause San Miguel has a big colony of Americans who come to retire, live artistry lives or study. We arrive to our hotel, located on top of the hill, in Fuentes and fall under its charm. A terracotta hacienda, full of trees, flowers, fish ponds and what’s more, the hostess is charming and shows us to our beautiful room with a high bronze bed. We leave immediately to visit the city and pass through great art galleries before stopping at the... [Lire la suite]
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13 janvier 2011

Mummies of Guanajuato

Part of the Guanajuato experience was ruined by our choice of the hotel. But let’s be frank, the city is deservedly beautiful and merits more of our attention. We are leaving today for San Miguel de Allende but there are still things to see, not of the least impressive. In 1865 the first mummified body that lay in the Santa Paula Pantheon was extracted, and as the years go by, other bodies are discovered in the same condition due to the characteristics of the soil in which they rested. At present more than one hundred mummies make... [Lire la suite]
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10 janvier 2011

Guanajuato

  Mercado Hidalgo was designed by Gustave Eiffel and houses nice and lively shops selling everything from souvenirs, to fresh meats, juices and quick bites. The narrow streets of Guanajuato are charming, but our stroller where Noemie is seated thinks otherwise… We stop at the former house of Diego Rivera, where he was born and spent the seven first years of his life. The Casa is quite nice with a wonderful waxed floor and beautiful wooden furniture, though not original. The paintings on the upper floors show the evolution of... [Lire la suite]
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07 janvier 2011

Last day in Zacatecas

  A last stroll in the city gets us to the ex-Convento de San Augustin that is closed but quite nice colors and architecture on the outside, we pass by the Santo Domingo church that has quite nice golden ornaments. On the way back to the hotel, a shop called ‘Regalos Baalbeck’ gets my attention and I pay them a visit. ‘My grandfather Khairallah comes from Lebanon’ says Maria de la Paz who owns the shop now but doesn’t speak a word of Arabic and has never been to Lebanon. A picture of Baalbeck is nevertheless exposed proudly... [Lire la suite]
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03 janvier 2011

Corrida

Zacatecas, the city of first times for us: the Charreria, the rodeo, the visit to the mine and today the Corrida - no less. I will not go into encouraging such activities or the moral implications that is hardly regarded by some as a sport or entertainment for that matter. It’s something we’ll watch probably once in our lifetimes and today it is. As we enter the feria and the plaza de toros, we stumble across one of the three matadors of tonight’s corrida. Noemie even catches a picture with him! It’s said that Mexicans arrive on... [Lire la suite]
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02 janvier 2011

In the mine

  One of the landmarks of Zacatecas is Mina El Eden. For 500 years, the mine was providing its rich minerals including gold, silver, quartz, copper and numerous others. Its closeness to the city and the danger it may occasion had it closed. The city of Zacatecas came to be thanks to the mine and the mineros. We start the visit with a trip on the glass train to get us down the mine. The guide explains how it came to be and the years during which it was functioning. A small museum shows the different types of minerals extracted... [Lire la suite]
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08 décembre 2010

The feria

  Here we are; ready to discover Zacatecas, where the far west comes alive. We start inquiring about the activities during the feria. After a visit to the tourist office, we end up buying tickets for tonight’s rodeo show and Sunday’s Corrida. We also decide there is not much time to waste and go to the ‘instalaciones de la feria’, at the far end of the city to watch the ‘charreria’, a sport with a very Mexican identity, consisting in the art of handling and twisting ropes to catch livestock from the top of your horse. There... [Lire la suite]
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05 décembre 2010

Oaxaca to Zacatecas

  During our travels, we rarely stay so long in a capital, let alone in a laid back city. But truth be told, Oaxaca is no usual city, it charmed us and made lots of promises, all of them fulfilled, except perhaps for the ‘mole’, the magic sauce that accompanies most dishes, that is definitely not to our taste. We spend some time visiting art galleries and exhibitions before packing and leaving to the airport. You guessed it right: we’re going to Zacatecas, where the feria lasts for two more days. Our flight to Mexico is... [Lire la suite]
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04 octobre 2010

Zaachila, tapetes and enjoying Oaxaca

  Today is a public holiday and the market day in Zaachila, usually on Thursdays is smaller than the norm. The space in front of the market is reserved for the parade to again celebrate the 200th anniversary of the independence of Mexico. Orchestras, school children in formal costumes, etc. walk under the eyes of proud relatives. But we didn’t come here for that. We came for the ambience, to see what market days are like. On a bench we relax, watch tids and bits of life in the market stalls. There are many indigenous women... [Lire la suite]
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02 octobre 2010

Villages in the central valley

Today we are going to the countryside and discover the eastern region of Oaxaca. The white mini-van we have reserved yesterday takes us (with a handful of other Mexican tourists) to Tule where one can see the biggest tree in the world, 2011 years old. We are usually not very fond of this kind of things but still we are amazed by the size and shape of the trunk, more than 16 meters in diameter. The tree is a beautiful cypress with majestic branches. This phenomenon is really strange, why this tree and not another? What made it grow... [Lire la suite]
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