Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Murals of all kinds

Not far from San Miguel de Allende is the old silver mining ghost town, Pozos.  This mural depicting Pozos in its hay day with huge haciendas and mine shafts is in the Posada de Las Minas bar.
At Artes de Mexico in San Miguel, this scene of life in the campo (countryside) is so full of activity and life.  My brother, Carter, and I had looked at buying this for our casa but unfortunately it was about two feet too long. 
I had the best lunch of grilled chicken and home made potato chips over at El Cono, just outside of Dolores Hidalgo.  The bathrooms were outside the restaurant and how clever they were in painting the "Dama" for the ladies bathroom....
and "Caballero" for the mens bathroom.
This is the sign for the bathrooms at the Posada de Las Minas in Pozos.  The woman is wearing the typical national costume of Mexico, a long, full green and red skirt worn with an embroidered white blouse and a rebozo.  The name for national costume became known as "china poblana," the maid from Pueblo.
This renaissance style mural is in the main sitting room at the beautiful Hacienda de San Antonio located 18 miles north of Colima. 
The hacienda was built in 1879 on the grounds of a 5,000 acre working ranch, farm and coffee plantation.  This mural depicts life on the ranch with its sometimes active volcano, Volcan de Fuego (fire volcano),  and the dormant 14,000 foot El Nevado de Colima (snowy volcano) in the background.
Tacos Don Felix is in San Miguel.  It is a wonderful place to go for Mexican food, great prices and outstanding service.
It is just so interesting to see the diverse styles of all these murals from the cartoonish rendering above, to the folk art scene of ranch life to the more elaborate pictorials at the Hacienda.  Everywhere you turn, a creative artist has made his mark.

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