Thursday, March 25, 2010

Playing in Morelia

We spent the day in Morelia, and then took Bob and Claudie to the airport. Our ranks are dwindling.
La Catedral

Los caballeros.

Las damas.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Les Cousines dans la Cuisine


 Vivent cousins in the kitchen at La Jacaranda. Soupe à l'Oignon and Quiche Lorraine.
And I didn't even have to cook.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Santa Clara del Cobre

Everyone enjoyed seeing the beautiful pieces made in copper by the artisans of Santa Clara

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cozy Company

It is not easy to load seven adults into a Nissan Pathfinder for our short jaunts. Actually, we look just like many of the vehicles that circulate to places around Patzcuaro, except with not so many people.

Monday, March 15, 2010


My tongue feels like a pretzel. Seven people at La Jacaranda, each of whom speaks a particular language set taken from French, Spanish, English and some Catalan. So when one us speaks to another the common language between the two persons must, or should, be used. But after a length of time, I note that we are all mixing tongues. Furthermore, our brains scramble more by the end of a day and often the right language is selected for the wrong person--or is it verse-viça?

Fun nonetheless, and good for much laughter.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Fine Weather

Michèle with her book.
Ahhh, life is good at La Jacaranda.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saltillo to Querétaro

From Saltillo to Querétaro, we traveled some 400 miles through the great Chihuahuan Desert and the Altiplano Potosino that runs to San Luís Potosí, where the Colonial Circle of Mexico begins. I love the vast visual space of the desolate high plateau that expands one's consciousness to far horizons in every direction. Thousands of spiky sentinels stand guard over the highway that runs on, interminably it seems, to the south.

In Querétaro we spent the night in small and intimate Burro Azul--affordable and in the heart of the Historic Center.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sarapes and Cacti

On our way to Patzcuaro, we drove from Austin to Saltillo with our cousins from France. In Saltillo, we visited the Museo del Sarape , which also displays traditional Mexican dress from many regions. The museum is small and nicely done.

We also visited El Museo del Desierto. This new museum was far more extensive than we expected and we could have planned more time. Glen and I particularly enjoyed the extensive collection of cacti and succulents. The museum was a good precursor to the long drive south through Matehuala and across the Altiplano Potosino.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mexico Trek

In Austin we picked up Maryvonne and Alain, who arrived from France, to drive some 980 miles to bring them to Patzcuaro. We had a comida at Magdelena before setting forth on our trip to show them some of Mexico. From left to right: Alain, Maryvonne, Glen, Sonia, Cole and Dallas.