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FC: Four Gringos in Mexico San Miguel February 2013
1: We're here!
2: Our House
4: When we arrived, Jack had dinner and a pitcher of his award winning margaritas waiting for us. Every day, Benita and Lola prepared a delicious dinner and desert for us. We had plenty of fresh oranges from tree on the patio.
6: A few margaritas and a game of pool. What a great way to end the day!
8: The master suite had a full sitting area, walk-in dressing room with dressing table, kidney shaped bathtub and a patio with a view.
9: Our new Friends | Benita's son Juan | Our Host Jack | Twitchie | Pumpkin
10: Up on the Roof On the roof there is a storage tank for water, clothes line, skylights, chimneys and a place to relax and enjoy the view.
11: A Bird's Eye View Our beautiful courtyard and the sunset over the city.
12: Candelaria Candelaria is celebrated on the 40th day after Christmas. It commemorates the day when Christ was presented in the temple by his parents. Candles are brought to the church and there is much celebrating in the Jardin.
13: And then there's the hat... Gotta have a hat! (And then, a picture of the hat.)
14: Xotolar Ranch Horseback riding was a great adventure. Tomas and his ranch hands took us through the ranch, down the mountain and back again. We saw the other communities on the ranch and the beautiful scenery. | The Ranch House | Tomas | Really Skinny Cow
17: After our ride, we went back to the house for lunch. We were served cheese that was made that morning, fresh tomato relish, beans, fresh lemonade and enchiladas made with fresh corn tortillas. All of the food was grown on ranch. It was delicious!
18: This beautiful city is filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The streets and sidewalks are made of cobblestone and they are narrow. Plants and flowers decorate the charming windows and courtyards. The people are very friendly and sell their handmade crafts on the streets. | The City and people of San Miguel
21: In the center of the city is the Jardin. This is where people gather to eat, relax, visit, listen to music and attend church. During celebrations, the Jardin is full of people all day and into the night. Outside the Jardin, there is a public laundry that was built in 1901. Some women still wash their clothes in the stone tubs fed with spring water. A shrine commemorates the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the peasant Juan Diego in 1531.
22: The Fountains of San Miguel
23: Dinner at Hecho en Mexico was the most wonderful evening. The food was delicious and we talked forever while listening to classical Spanish guitarist Severo Barrera and Cuban violinist Pedro Cartas. It was a magical evening! | Hecho en Mexico
24: Mardi Gras Mardi Gras marks the beginning of lent and there is much celebrating. The Jardin is decorated with paper flowers and children break eggs filled with confetti over each other's heads.
25: Mariachi bands fill the Jardin with music.
26: The beautiful doors of San Miguel You never know what's behind them.
27: The Cemetery
28: La Parroquia is the current parish church of San Miguel. It was built in the 17th century and is beautiful by day or night. The church bells ring often and are a joy to hear. In contrast, is the Humilladero built hundreds of years ago. This small chapel was a place where people stopped every morning to pray and humble themselves before entering the town to work.
29: Beautiful old and new churches are located throughout the city.
30: Tuesday Market
31: The biggest pork rind you ever saw! | They have EVERYTHING at Tuesday Market! | New boots for Charleen
32: Guanajuato Guanajuato is a charming town with a European flair. The town is built on a hill and the people must walk up many stairs each day going to and from their homes. We had a great time!
34: Juarez Theater The theater was built from 1872-1903 by Antonio Riva Mercado. The original furnishings have been preserved and it is considered to be one of the most beautiful theaters in the country.
35: A charming baroque church across from the Jardin Union in Guanajuato. The current church was built between 1780 and 1784 by the Count of Valenciana. | Church of San Diego
36: Alley of the Kiss Guanajuato flourished during the colonial era from its great gold and silver mines. One of the newcomers was Don Antonio de La Parra, who had suffered the rejection of the elite in Spain. He became quite wealthy in Mexico, but his only ambition was to return to Spain to disgrace all those who had humiliated him during his poor childhood days. In order to fulfill his dream, he needed a title of nobility. So, he planned for his daughter Ana to marry the Marquis of Linares. Ana accepted her obligation to marry, but kept her true love a secret. Her true love, Carlos, bought the house across the alley just to be near her. The alley is so narrow, that their balconies almost touched. Every night at eight, they dated in secret from their balconies. One evening, Ana's father discovered them and became outraged. Carlos jumped to protect Ana, but fell and broke his neck. When Ana tried to help him, Don Antonio became overwhelmed with rage and put a dagger through her heart. Don Antonio went insane from grief and died a few months later. The people of Guanajuato say, that on certain nights, the couple can be seen reaching over their balconies, embraced in an eternal kiss. According to tradition, couples who visit the Alley of the Kiss must kiss while standing on the third step. This will assure 15 years of happiness.
37: Lunch outdoors in the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato
38: Plaza de Baratillo The main church of Guanajuato is the Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato built between 1671 and 1696. The richest of the city's families located their main home in the plaza along with government buildings and the parish church. | Diego Rivera Museum and Home Prominent Mexican painter and husband of Frida Kahlo (1886-1957)
39: The temple was built in 1746 by Jose Joaquin Sardaneta Y Legazpi and completed in 1767. The main altar and paintings are by the painter Miguel Cabrera. | Oratorio de San Felipe
40: This ranch, just outside Guanajuato, had numerous gardens, fountains, servants quarters and a water filtration system. | Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel De Barrera
41: Inside the house there were extra bedrooms for the bookkeeper and priest who lived on the ranch. The family also had their own chapel. The table in the lower left photo was in the movie Poncho Villa.
42: are never too far away. | ...
43: Our trip is over. We say goodbye to our host and leave for the bus station in ... "Jack's fresh-air van"