El Camino a Mexico travel blog

Outside our B&B room

A gato friend

Sculpture on the mall

Diego Rivera tiled mural

 

Diego Rivera Casa

inside La Parroquia

Singer/Musicians

Guanajuato at night

Prayer ribbons in chapel of La Parroquia

Silver built this town


The B&B here was outstanding................even the bathroom was FABULOUS (yes, I have pictures), but they were full for the next night, so we had to move a few blocks away. Tlaquepaque is a MAJOR shopping area for furniture. So the galleries are outstanding. We met a couple from Calgary who just bought in Huatulco and were here to buy a whole house full of furniture. Many great sculptures line the streets, as do great restaurants. Met a great couple from San Francisco, he just retired in the education field and she has authored a Quilt book (www.quiltmavens.com), so we really hit it off and had a lovely dinner together. Much shop talk for the guys (old teachers never REALLY quit). After breakfast, the next day, we said good-bye to the lovely state of Jalisco (this is the land of the Charreria), and outside of town, were beautiful hacienda's, and lots of horses and cattle (it could be Alberta with cactus). Guanajuato is a driver's nightmare, if you cannot read Spanish road signs and don't have a good sense of direction then don't come here..................the main road leads into a one way tunnel (that was the former river bed--now re-routed) and off shoots go everywhere. I felt I was back in Catacombs of Rome. It was almost creepy. The one leading to our hotel has now become a pedestrian walkway (since the book was printed), so we ended up blocks from our hotel and had to manouver our way back on tiny one way streets. People cannot believe we were able to drive there. Met a fellow from Calgary and toured the main church (so magnificent),it is called La Parroquia, Our Lady of Guanajuato, and done in the shape of the Spanish cross. Built in 1617, and contains the Virgin of Guanajuato, brought from Granada, Spain in 1557. This statue is from the 7th century, and is the oldest piece of Christian art in Mexico. On to the Palacio Legislative, Casa Diego Rivera, stopped for a wonderful home cooked supper for 30 peso's ea., then up the Funicular (which I have not ridden since Lagano, Switzerland) to see the statue of El Pipila (the hills here are very steep and houses go up and down ea. side--almost on top of one another). It was a beautiful sight at night. Then to the Teatro Juarez, where a group of young singers and musicians dressed in medieval costumes performed. Weather very cool, so back to our splendid hotel for coffee. The hotel dates from the 1800's and was once home to the Consul of Prussia. It is right on the Jardin de la Union and the oldest hotel in Guanajuato. Spent the next day going to the Mercado, the University, the Alhondiga, then back to the hotel as now our morning clothes were so hot, we had to go to outfit #2. Met some people in the Jardin area, we had seen at the B&B in Tlaquepaque, who live part time in Mazatlan, and want us to call them, when we return there in Feb. Early to bed, as we had to be in good shape to figure out how to get out of Guanajuato tomorrow.



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