Wednesday, April 23, 2008
She has already worked as a hair model for a nationally acclaimed hair salon.
You only have to take one look at her luscious locks and gorgeous face to see why.
We travel a lot with our family, but we like to give each of our grandchildren a one-on-one trip when they are in the eighth grade, and then again when they graduate high school.
For me the "gift of travel" is a very special thing, which I wrote about here.
Maggie has started her own blog about her adventures traveling in Mexico. So if you are interested in taking a look at a fresh perspective on traveling from the point of view of a 13 year old, check out her new blog at Mexico Maggie. and don't forget to leave a comment. She will love to see that someone is reading about her travels.
Monday, April 21, 2008
So when visiting the Lake Pátzcuaro area, it was delightful to pull into the town of Quiroga and find ourselves in a huge area of food stalls on the street in front of a beautiful plaza.
The fun part is strolling around the stalls, getting samples of the delicious offerings and then finally choosing what you want to eat.
It is a shame that most Americans only know Mexico by its border towns, or the big concrete resorts like Cancun, where the only Mexicans they meet are the ones cleaning their rooms or cooking their food.
But there is another type of American that finds the real Mexico and the beauty of the Mexican people and their laid back culture. And it is not hard to see why so many from north of the border find themselves falling in love with Mexico and coming back time and time again and why some end up moving here.
May all your travels be happy ones
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Pátzcuaro and the surrounding towns situated around Lake Pátzcuaro is home to the Purépecha Indians and still one of the most indigenous areas of Mexico.
We are enjoying exploring Mexico more each day.
Friday, April 18, 2008
During our trip we stopped and visited several towns that are inhabited by mostly indingenous people. It's quite different from San Miguel de Allende where the streets are always crowded with tourists and the huge American/Canadian ex-pat population.
If you look closely you can see a long handled axe tucked into the pile of wood. Everything here is done by hand.
More to come about the towns we visited in the beautiful state of Michoacán.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Ronnie is not one to sit still, so now that he is back we are on the road. Today we drove to Bernal, to see the world's second largest monolith. A monolith is a outcropping of a single huge rock.
They say the town of Bernal can be quite busy on the weekends when climbers come from all over to climb this great stone.
The town of Bernal was a pleasant surprise. It was very quiet, we only saw one other couple walking around, other than the locals. Most of the shops were open and we poked around, had a bite to eat and just enjoyed walking the streets.
No matter where you go in town the giant monolith is looming in the background.
We also visited Tequisquiapan, which turned out to be a delight, with its expansive central plaza flanked by a massive church and a pretty garden in the center. The huge artesan and straw market was fun to explore.
Another fun day in Mexico, and we returned home just in time for what is turning out to be a nightly ritual and my favorite part of our day...enjoying another gorgeous sunset.
May all your days be filled with happiness
Friday, April 11, 2008
The city is a treasure trove of steeples and domes and fine churches. Here are just a few.
No matter where you go in San Miguel de Allende you have some kind of a beautiful view of towering domes and steeples.
But the best view of all is the one I get from my balcony, where I can see them all.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
It's a great place to get a shoe shine. One of Ronnie's favorite things to do, and he gets a free Spanish lesson at the same time.
It is also his favorite place to solve all the worlds political problems, while getting another free Spanish lesson.
Sometimes it is just a great place to just take a little siesta.
In the evenings it is always a fun place to sit and enjoy the Mariachis play.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Everyone in the neighborhood started gathering early to watch the festivities and wait for the parade.
A brass band played while waiting to march in the parade. You can see by the way the band is dressed that this is a very informal neighborhood celebration.
The children always are a big part of any Mexican celebration. These little girls were so beautiful and by the looks on their faces, they take their parts very seriously.
There are always Indians in any Mexican celebration and these boys were happy to strike a pose for a photo.
After the parade there was celebrating in the streets, and in the church yard with plenty of food, music and dancing. In the evening there was a magnificent firework display which I could watch from my balcony. The partying continued well past midnight.
Another great day in Mexico