We started out the day by walking to the pawn shop over by the bus depot to buy a replacement camera for Don. We found a Nikon, which doesn't have all the features his old one did, but it will do for the rest of this trip. And cheap - only 350 pesos or about $35.00. Then we walked downtown and went to San Augustin Chocolates and Churros for lunch. They have delicious coffee and chocolate there and we each had a churro for dessert, which is a deep fried pastry, drizzled with chocolate. Very decadent!! They had the ceiling of the restaurant pretty well covered with baskets - I wanted to take some home, but no...can't do that.
We decided to make another try to find the castle, just a glutton for punishment, I guess. The road we went up was not as steep as yesterday and we didn't have to go as high. We could look up and see where we had gone yesterday by mistake. And unfortunately, the castle wasn't quite as appealing as the photo had made it out to be.
But the bonus was, we had passed a sign to a park on our way up the hill, so when we came down we decided to check it out. It was an orchid and cactus garden, Jardin de Orquideas Dickinson. It was started by Stirling Dickinson, the man that started the first art school in San Miguel, back in the 1930s. This is located in an old tannery, with old stone walls and no roof left. We had a lovely tour with a guide who obviously loved his work in the garden and loved sharing it with us. And his English was better than our Spanish. They have 200 species of orchids as well as other bromeliads, cactus, ceiba trees, etc. It was well worth the hill climb.
Then we walked back over to the Juarez Park and sat with the plants and people watched. We ate supper at Cafe Firenze, which is down in the south part of town, because we were planning on going to a community play reading. We had a lovely supper sitting on a balcony, looking out over the city as the sun went down. Unfortunately, when we got to the play, it was all sold out!! The place was packed and so we returned home, with a consolation prize of some Artisan Mexican Chocolate, which we bought on the way.