El Hotel Casa del Refugio
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If you would like to visit Patzcuaro any time from the end of October to the 2nd of November...make your bookings now. Oops...sorry, too late. This place is ground zero for Day of the Dead celebration. Then, the place is crawling with spooks, specters and skeletons...and people. I imagine it would be a great experience, but not one I'd be having on this trip. The place wasn't ...
... the Merced. This order arrived in 1604. The building, however, was only completed in 1751, due to economic restraints. There were many supplicants inside so opted for no pix.
The former prison for the clergy was an unexpected find. Same pertained more to those who refused to comply with the laws of the church. It later became a hospital. We stepped inside to find a nice courtyard.
Back to the hotel for some chill time c 1230. Left after 1330 to head ...
... us first to the Plaza del Carmen, opposite the hotel. He noted Morelia was a planned city. Many of its streets have a feature at their end ie Juarez, to the left outside the hotel, leads right up to the cathedral. It is also a city with many of its monuments lit up at night.
Miguel made an interesting statement about social change in Mexico. The country had socialist roots but many things, including medical care, are being privatized. He attributed same ...
... out with the boys, girls. Sid left and we polished off things before getting la quenta. There was also a Bohemia Especial and Bohemia obscura consumed by yours truly.
Back to the posada, the last 39 words of 'Starry, starry night' belted out by yours truly. Got back after 2230. Quick time on the computer, blog finalizing for today and eventually bed after 2315. Took an aspirin to help with the head.
On the way back from Guadalajara to Mexico City, Manuel and I stopped off in a "magical village" called Patzcuaro, I still haven't found out what makes it magical, though there was a certain feel of Hot Fuzz brought on by the peacefulness, lack of any young people in their 20s and uniform red and black shop signs. I'm afraid you'll have yo wait for photos as I didn't take any on my phone... We ate with his parents before they set back ...