One last day of sightseeing...

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Friday, June 11, 2010

It seems only fitting that our last day of sight seeing here in Mexico should be in the city of Guadalajara.  With a population of over 4 million folks, this is Mexico's second largest city. 

It's history dates back to 1530 -  just 38 years after Columbus first reached North America and only 9 short years after the conquest of Mexico by Hernando Cortes. Another Spanish explorer, Nuno de Guzman, founded the settlement which was to become Guadalajara.  Guzman and his soldiers slaughtered entire Indian communities in the course of exploring the area before settling on the Valley of Atemajac as the site for what was to become Guadalajara.  

Situated on a plateau a mile above sea level, the Valley of Atemajac was a wise choice for a settlement.  It offered up spring like temperatures the year round and ensured unimpeded expansion.  

We spent an enjoyable half day taking in the sites of the old town area.  We both felt that the only way to really get to know the heart and soul of this beautiful city would be to actually live here for awhile.  It's the same feeling we got when we visited Chicago a few years ago.  Visiting for a few hours or a few days just doesn't give you enough time to take in all this fascinating city has to offer. 

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