Hotel Virrey de Mendoza
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One part of our stay in Mexico that Alicia was looking forward to most was visiting the place where the millions of Monarch butterflies migrate to during their incredible journey from the Great Lakes across the continent. To get there we headed to Morelia, the capital of the Michocan state with over twenty universities and a very young population. Though loud and unwelcoming to tourists, the city is close to the Monarch reserve, so we stayed just long enough ...
May you be joyful
For no one, nothing, no mortal wound
May take it away
Joy arises from within
And yes it may wax and wane
But arising from within
It may not be cut out
So fearlessness is its companion
And delight is its expression
Enjoying life's ebb and flow
The pure potential in each moment
... art. Although in the past, the area was mined for copper, today the art is produced from recycled copper wire! We visited a small town next to Patzcuaro and watched a demonstration showing the hand production of copper vessels. Non of it is machine produced. The copper is melted in a wood-burning fire and then hammered by hand using large and small hammers. Even I got involved in the hammering! I was impressed by the quality of the vessels. I ...
... On the other side there were five little rooms with cement tubs. The senora in charge was busily filling the tubs. Each couple was to shared a tub (I was relieved to see that the rooms were clean, though spartan!). Sure enough Arturro showed us the entrance and source of the thermal hot springs and the hot water was VERY hot. We were handed a plastic bowl to assist us in the bathing and our ...
... one of the house specialties, and a small mango 59 MP. It was a lighter than expected but tasty meal. The Brits and the Albertans may be meeting up in Cancun. Made for each other with the fussing around over what to eat.
Jim and I had ordered and paid downstairs so we got our food first and were able to take a quick trip to the basilica. We could have built another basilica by the time the others finished and then came downstairs to pay.