Sunday, March 21, 2010

Visit to beaches at Mazatlán, colonial heartland in San Miguel de Allende

My sister Nancy and her husband, Tom Lukens, came down to visit us in Guadalajara for almost two weeks at the end of February. We went west to the coast and Mazatlán for one weekend, and spent another weekend in San Miguel de Allende, which has lovely colonial architecture and has become a haven for American retirees. The photos above are from an indigenous dance festival that was taking place in San Miguel when we arrived.

The neo-Gothic church in San Miguel is impressive. You find yourself wanting to take pictures of it from every angle.

Tom posed among pots in San Miguel.

Cindy at the ruins in Ixtlán del Río, a ceremonial site founded about 800 years ago by a group related to the Aztecs. The round building was dedicated to the sun and the moon. Ixtlán means "Place of Obsidian," which is a volcanic glass used for jewelry, knives and other tools. More pictures of the site are here.

View Tom and Nancy´s visit in a larger mapHere´s a map of our itinerary, which started in Guadalajara.

Cindy and Nancy on the rooftop of a hotel in Mazatlán. Supposedly Gary Cooper stayed at this hotel while shooting movies nearby. John Wayne had a house here.


View from our hotel in Mazatlán.

Tlaquepaque is a kind of artsy town in the Guadalajara metro area. Lots of great restaurants and stuff to buy and lug home.

Here we are in a park in Guadalajara.

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