We left the hotel unusually late at 8.30 and arrived at our destination at 12.10! A very short day – my log only has three entries – left hotel, petrol stop, arrived at hotel! Anyway, Zacatecas is magnificent and repaid the extra time. We went straight out as our room wasn’t ready and ate lunch in a park under the aqueduct near our hotel. Robin had done his homework and had planned a walk around squares, through parks and viewing churches. We went round an exhibition of modern paintings in one. The artist had a very varied style and I liked some of his work. The Mexicans in this area are obviously very keen on the theatre in this area as both Guanajuato and Zacatecas have many very smart looking theatres. Zacatecas does not have the charm of Guanajuato but is very finer with bigger and smarter houses and streets. Its wealth is based on silver and we bought a few small items before having an ice cream in an ice cream parlour recommended by the shop assistant. It was patronised by local families and I have never seen so many varieties of ice cream outside Italy together with a wide array of homemade ice lollies some with whole strawberries in.
We then climbed the steps to the small cable car that travels from one hilltop to another with amazing views. On the other side we visited a small museum which would have been much more interesting if we had not been completely ignorant about the revolution happening here in 1914.
We ate in the hotel which was built on the old bull ring – splendid – and agreed that it was perhaps our favourite hotel yet. It was friendly, our room was lovely and the dinner was good and not too expensive. I (Charlotte) managed to hurt my ankle while we were out but a bag of ice, a bandage, elevation and a very few pills worked wonders and I have forgotten about it now.