Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Day In Guanajuato

My group and I left San Miguel de Allende after a scrumptious breakfast at our B & B, Casa Luna, to spend part of the day in Guanajuato.  The Plaza de la Paz is located in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato.  I love the Cypress growing so tall.
 The plaza features a bronze statue by Jesus F. Contreras dedicated to peace (1898). 
 The plaza is lined with some of the city's most beautiful palaces and homes.
When I am in the heart of Guanajuato, I feel like I could be in Paris or some other European capital.  The architecture is so stately.
This neoclassical building is the University of Guanajuato.  Originally is was created as the College of the Holy Trinity with the arrival of the Jesuits in 1732.  Since, it is a government run university.  Can you imagine climbing those steps every day to go to your classes. 
 Part of my group leaving Diego Rivera's boyhood home and museum.
Guanajuato is a maze of tunnels.  The city was originally built over the Guanajuato River which flowed underneath the city.  After years of flooding, engineers built a dam and redirected the river.  These dry river beds, along with some new tunnels are key to getting around the city.  I have known friends that have been lost in the tunnels for at least an hour.  They are pretty amazing.
Finally at lunch,.  Dianne is about to dive into the house cocktail made from the fruit of a cactus berry. She was being funny after we teased her about wearing her visor indoors.
After a superb lunch, Jesus and his wife, Luz the chef, bid us farewell. On to Dolores Hidalgo.  What a day we have had so far!

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