snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative


Happy 265th Birthday!
March 1, 2009, 10:19 am
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Morelia's Cathdral, still going strong

Morelia's Cathdral, still going strong

Out of sheer dumb luck, Zach and I managed to be sitting at a sidewalk restaurant/bar across the street from the cathedral when this celebration began.  The magnificent building took over 80 years to build and–as an odd English announcement said during the ceremony–is “the embodiment of Morelia’s culture and traditions”.  With any luck, they’ll still be celebrating here in another 265 years.



Morelia
February 28, 2009, 1:18 pm
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Morelia, City of Arches

Morelia, City of Arches

Morelia (originally Valladolid) is the capital of the state of Michoacan, and possibly the most Spanish city I’ve been to in Mexico.  The centro historico is huge, very well preserved, and full of archways: portales (as in the photo),  an aqueduct, and interior arcades. The population mirirors this, as Morelia was long a city of primarily Spanish colonials, rival to Michoacan’s other viceregal power center, the heavily indigenous area centered around the lake and town of Patzcuaro.

I’ll be here for a day or two, then probably travel a little more in Michoacan state  before heading back to Mexico City.