snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative


Panos from Janitzio
March 5, 2009, 10:13 am
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Southern View

Southern View

North/East view

North/East view

At the peak of Janitzio stands a massive statue of Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon; a statue that one ascends though a series of interior stairways until reaching his upheld wrist.  Poking your head out of the small viewing holes, you get quite the panorama of Lake Patzcuaro and the surrounding hills.

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Janitzio
March 2, 2009, 10:00 am
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The most famous island-village of Lake Patzcuaro

The most famous island-village of Lake Patzcuaro

A series of coin flips (no, really) brought me here, and boy am I glad…



Zacatecas Pano
January 18, 2009, 9:00 am
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Click here for a larger size

From the town side of the teleferico

"It looks like Guanajuato"

Annie: "It looks like Guanajuato"



Guanajuato from above
January 2, 2009, 11:22 am
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From el Pipila

From el Pipila

Probably worth clicking on to make it bigger…

EDIT – Ignore above advice, it appears wordpress no longer allows you to do this.  Try here instead.



Views worth being overthrown for
November 19, 2008, 9:30 pm
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In addition to several other important historical roles over the past 600 years, Chapultepec (“Grasshopper Hill”) has been the site of residence of Aztec rulers, Hapsburg Emperor Maximillian, and powerful dictator Porfirio Diaz.  I’m sure every last one of them loved rolling out of bed in the morning and seeing these exact views.  Ok, to be accurate, there were probably a few less skyscrapers, people, and smog clouds in their days, but still…

North-ish

North-ish

South-ish

South-ish

Looking down on the rich, fertile valley that you control from the kick-ass palace you live in must have been a sweet way to start your day.   At least the days that didn’t involve getting conquered by the Spaniards, beheaded by the Mexican liberal army, or thrown from power by Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.



Worth the Hike
November 12, 2008, 9:31 am
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It took a hot, sweaty, uphill hike to get this, but it was worth it:

From the lighthouse on Isla la Roqueta

From the lighthouse on Isla la Roqueta

Click to bring up the full image, small size doesn’t do it justice