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Following the Sun

January 20

Today we took it pretty easy. Did a few errands downtown and had a look in some stores that we've walked right by before. We didn't really have any objective - we've seen most of the tourist attractions that we want to see - although there is one out in Marfil that we may try and do tomorrow. We had lunch in a nice restaurant, I Midi, which is above the place that we went to hear the jazz quartet. They had a great salad bar. We wandered from spot to spot around the city, finding a park bench in the sun and sitting and reading and people watching for awhile. And then moving on to another one - passing a couple of older men sitting on a step playing their guitars and singing- watching teenagers make out in the park - parents and kids - a man going by with a tray of buns on his head, and going down steps without even putting a hand up to steady it! There is always something to see that we haven't noticed before.
Perfect Posture

Perfect Posture

Old time buskers

Old time buskers


We did make a stop in a Jesuit church, Church of the CompaƱia, to take a picture of the dome. It is quite remarkable in that it has 3 levels of windows in the dome. Just a quiet day wandering the city.
Lovely dome

Lovely dome

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Sunday Concerts

January 19

Today we started off the day with the excitement of the water heater not working. The pilot light was out - so we had to change the connection to a new tank of gas and relight the pilot. We did have written instructions, but you know how even when the person writing the instructions knows exactly what to do, it doesn't always come thru. However, Don did succeed and hot water is back. Not that there is ever a very large amount of hot water or of a consistent temperature. It's a flow-thru heater and just doesn't seem to give consistent results.
Today was our last breakfast on the roof in the sunshine because the upstairs part of the house is being rented out starting today to some new people. Therefore, we don't get the run of the place anymore. The stairs up to the roof run right thru their living area.
Last sunny roof breakfast

Last sunny roof breakfast


We started out visiting the Jardin de Union to hear a bit of the wind band concert from the lovely old bandstand. They were pretty good, but not as good as the NB Concert Band.
Jardin de Union concert

Jardin de Union concert


Then we caught a taxi (our first since we came from the airport) and went to the Museo Gene Byron, which is in Marfil, a suburb of Guanujuato. There we listened to a lovely concert put on by a young classical guitarist. He was excellent and even though his explanations about the music were in Spanish, we understood the music just fine. After the concert, wine and snacks were served and we stood around and visited with some of the other concert goers. They were almost all English speaking expats. Americans, mostly, I think, but we did talk to one Canadian couple. The museum which housed the concert hall is a lovely old stone building with foot thick walls and a lovely garden. And the hall itself had art on display on the walls.
Concert hall

Concert hall


We caught a taxi back into downtown and meandered our way home.

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Market Day

January 18

We went to Embajadoras Market, which is the smaller one, today to buy some more groceries. Frequent shopping is the norm here, cuz you can't carry very much at one time. After bringing the groceries home and putting them away, we went back down to the main street. There had been one wedding in the church the first time we went by and now the second wedding was just finishing. So Don got this picture of the bride in her beautiful traditional dress.
Beautiful bride

Beautiful bride


We had lunch at the falafel restaurant again - it is so good there and very reasonably priced. Then we had a look in a large shop complex which looked like very expensive jewelery, etc. We walk by this store every day and I decided we couldn't leave town without at least having a look. Well, it turned out that the whole complex is articles made by Mexican artisans. They had a second floor with many little rooms of all kinds of artifacts - sculpture, pottery, metalwork, clothing, blankets, decorative items - it was lots of fun to look at it all. But no, we didn't succumb to buying any of it. One of the artists whose work was on display was Gerardo Trejo Perez. He does wonderful work with bark paper. See his website at www.arteamate.com. Then we went on to the Mexican chocolate shop, which sells artisan chocolate. And there we did buy some - YUM! It is great!
Mariachi band

Mariachi band


We could hear the mariachi band playing in the square so we went and sat on a park bench in the sun and enjoyed the music. The one group seranaded a couple for at least 1/2 hour and other musicians are congregating while they are playing. It seems everyone has a turn at performing in the square.

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Friday in Guanajuato

January 17

We have breakfast most days up on the roof in the sunshine. We have been watching a house just down the street from us being painted. They are putting on borders of colours on the white house. It looks great, but Don got a picture of what the painters have to do to get it done.
Painter at work

Painter at work


We went for lunch to La Bohemia, a restaurant right off the main square. It was a fixed menu meal so we had soup, fish with rice and salad, and a lemonade with chia seeds for 80 pesos each, which is about $8.00 CAD. We decided to send a parcel off in the mail, so first we had to buy packing tape and then we got a couple of boxes which might work from different stores. We came back home and packed it up and then off to the post office.
After that we walked over to the Alhondiga museum to take a picture, which I'd forgotten to take the day before, and do a little more exploring of a different area. We found a department store and had a good look around in it, but didn't find anything we wanted to buy. We are resistant to buying things made in China, while we are in Mexico.
We decided to stop in at a bar we had read about, Clave Azul. It's up a narrow alley off a square and its' a tiny vertical place. If you order drinks, you get free food between the hours of 2:00 and 5:30. So we had a couple of beer and got roasted potatoes and sliced jicama with hot pepper powder. And from the other tables, it seems we could have had more food it we had wanted to stay longer. Because it wasn't food that was good for me, we decided to leave and go home so I could have supper.
Clave Azul

Clave Azul


After supper Don went out to walk the streets with the crowds and then came back to get me to go to a restaurant to hear a jazz quartet. The restaurant was A Punto and was in an interesting building as well. The quartet seemed to be university age guys and were very good. We had some wine and endamame beans and enjoyed the music very much.
Crowds on the street at 6:00

Crowds on the street at 6:00

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Theatre, Museum and Market

January 16

Today we stopped in to see Teatro Juarez, a large theatre we walk by every day. It was an amazing place, in the rotunda the ceiling is glass squares and when you go upstairs, you realize the roof/floor you are walking on is glass blocks. Very cool!
Teatro Juarez

Teatro Juarez

Then we walked on to the Alhondiga Museum, which is the history of the city museum. Some interesting pre-hispanic artifacts and lots about the Mexican revolution. Unfortunately, they do not allow pictures in there, unless you do it with your cell phone??? I don't understand but those are the rules and their were lots of museum staff to make sure they were followed. The building itself is very interesting - it was originally built as a granary, then used as a fort by the Spanish, and still has hooks in the outside walls where they hung the heads of revolutionaries!!

Our next stop was the church of Belen, a very nice church, which appealed to me more than the Basilica. It is right across the street from the Juarez Market, a huge building full of vendors. We had a good time touring the aisles and buying this and that as we went along. Prices are very cheap for us here - a T-shirt for $4.00 CAD. It seems that most of the tourists here are Mexicans, so we don't see the price inflation that occurs at other tourist spots.
Entrance to Juarez Market

Entrance to Juarez Market

Inside the Market

Inside the Market

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