City of Eternal Spring

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End May 10, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , Morelos,
Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cuernavaca's knickname is "City of Eternal Spring" which is an apt description of the weather. Shirtsleeve temperatures all the time and low humidity. It is a perfect place to take another few day off the bikes.

We got another dose of high school bands at a large parade that blocked off a main street on Saturday morning. The fun part for us was the student groups dressed in costumes of Mexican historical groups from Aztec gods and goddesses to Zapatistas on stilts.(Emiliano Zapata Salazar the famous revolutionary leader was from a town near here).

Of course, we had to visit the Cathedral. The Cathedral of Cuernavaca stands behind fortress-like massive walls and is very plain. It was the monastery of the Third Order of the Franciscans called La Asunción that dates back to the 16th century. Next to the Cathedral is the "open chapel" (capilla abierta) of San José, which is the original built in the 16th century. A third chapel on the groundsl is called the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. There are some frescoes in the main chapel that are said to show some Japanese influence. They are faded and we could not see any resemblance.

We took a Sunday stroll through Borda Garden (Jardín Borda). Originally, this was a house bought by José de la Borda, the silver mining magnate of Taxco, in the mid-18th century. HIs son was interested in botany and expanded the garden with many species of plants to go along with several fountains. The house has been converted into a museum with halls dedicated to temporary exhibits. One hall had very 'dark' art that was NOT our cup of tea. The modern art hall did have some fun stuff. We notice that the works were dated 2010. So it is pretty new stuff.

The Plaza de Armas (main square) has a big screen TV set up where local watch popular TV shows in the evening. While it maintains its typical Mexican style, McDonald's and Burger King have claimed restaurant space on the edges.

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Cuernavaca seems like an artistic town. Again very colorful!

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