Alameda Centro Historico Hotel
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... of horchata. I really gotta do that more often.
Other than that, there wasn't much on display, and the main order of business seemed to be chillaxing...so that's what I did.
The next morning I stopped by the lakeside to check out the island scene. Isla Janitzio is supposed to be a really cool/fun island to visit, but the likes of el Burro aren't allowed on this land, ...
... large but they are well spaced out.
One of the most interesting features is the choice of paint colours. If somebody back home painted their houses in such strong and vibrant colours you would seek to have them declared insane. In Spanish colonial areas, it just works.
The day's first church was the Rectory of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was striking to find at least one soul in every religious building we entered, seeking contemplation.
... to see it, unconcerned with any [self-acknowledged] princess-type comments.
Taking an Autotransportes Purhepechas bus: no loo and no lunch bag. Asked Chris if he had passed a certain hotel on his jog this morning. He said yes so Jim had the correct route.
Left the terminal at 1222 but a long stop in town meant we really got going closer to 1245. Some four vendors came on as we waited, selling food items. By the time of one further quick ...
... of the state of Michoacan. The buildings around the main plaza are original to the 1530's. Miguel described Patzcuaro as a market town, the area relying on its surrounding produce. The town's cobblestone streets were made from the Spanish dismantling of the local pyramids.
Before the Spanish arrived, the Purepechan people dominated. The Aztecs were their biggest enemies. Patzcuaro was one of ...
... no problemo].
Left Mexico City on Rte 15. There were many toll booths en route. The roads themselves were very good, the surrounding lands in need of water. There was some farm land but mostly low lying forested hills. The overall speed was not great due to the ups and downs, breaking, etc. Chatted for most of the first 2H with Jim about--what else?--travel.
It was easy to ignore any Spanish programming but less so the Kevin Spacey movie 'Father of ...