Charles and Kay picked us up this morning and off we went to Patzcuaro. They wanted to pick up some chairs from a local craftsman, I wanted to revisit a favorite place, and Thea was ready to see a new one. We had a pleasant drive, roughly the same distance as Taos to Albuquerque, through the farm lands and fields surrounding Celaya, with a brief pit stop on the edge of Morelia, on past the lakes and volcanic hills surrounding Patzcuaro, up the tree lined road into the town and through some of the narrow, very narrow, and winding streets to the central Plaza.
It was almost like being in another country than in San Miguel de Allende. Far more crowded than I could have imagined, packed with tourists, but scant few Gringos. Here, the buildings are almost all white, with terra cotta tile roofs. All signage on the buildings is in the same style, black with red capitals. The main plaza is large and filled with tall trees and large fountains.
After a nice lunch among friendly, welcoming locals, and after a brief walk around the plaza, we went looking for our hotel. On the way, Kay stopped to ask a friendly car park attendant for directions. While they were talking, I managed to get a couple of shots of him, through the car window with my iPhone. What a face, and in the late afternoon sunlight, even better. I knew immediately what my subject for this evening had to be.
We settled into our nice, comfortable rooms (much colder, though, than we've grown accustomed to) and went back out for a stroll around the two plazas, exploring the shops, and chatting briefly with people on the street. We had a nitecap, then Charles and Kay headed back to the hotel, while Thea and I walked around a bit more, then stopped for a plate of pasta before returning to the hotel, ourselves.
Like everyplace we've been on this trip, little has changed, just a lot more people. And cell phones, and computers. But the same families and laughing, running, playing children everywhere, even late into the evening.
Altogether a great day on the way to and in Patzcuaro, Michoacan.
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