Monday, November 12, 2012

An Oaxacan Adventure in October

I am in fine tuning the itinerary for a week in Oaxaca, Mexico and

the surrounding villages for September 29 - October 6, 2013. 
For those who have joined me on my San Miguel de Allende tours 

and my Artisan and Architecture tour in the state of Michoacan,

I know if you join me, Oaxaca will also capture your heart.
The main plaza, the zocalo, is one of the most spectacular in 
all of Mexico with its gazebo that usually has mariachis or 
a marimba band playing in it at night, vibrant cafes and restaurants
lining the plaza on the main and second floor, the Cathedral on one 
side, townspeople visiting...

One morning we will explore Monte Alban, the Zapotec 
ruins that was founded around 500 B.C.  At its grandest
over 25,000 people lived here.

The architecture is diverse from this brilliant painted 
church in Santa Ana Zegache,the 16th century monastery
in Cuilapam de Guerro,  the Baroque Santo Domingo Church
in the historic center of Oaxaca with its amazing ethnobotanical 
gardens off to one side to the impressive modern building that
houses the popular art of Oaxaca in Ocotlan.
Oaxacan cuisine is some of the  most interesting and colorful 
in the world.  It is known for its queso de Qaxaca (string cheese), 
chocolates, empanadas with squash blossoms...   
And famous for its numerous and diverse moles
We will visit the City of Oaxaca market, the true spirit and soul
of Oaxaca with the indigenous people dressed in their colorful 
clothingA real stimulation of the senses.
We will take in a cooking class one day.

We will visit many of the Oaxacan masters in their villages 
such as the Aguilar Sisters famous for their ceramic figures,
the weavers in Teotitlan de Valle, the Jimenez family world 
renown for their hand carved wood and beautiful painted  
Alebrijos (animals), Senor Esperanza for his filigree jewelry, 
Dona Rosa's family for their stunning black clay pottery,  
a town known for its cotton and silk blouses embroidered with
figures of flowers and other intricate designs....
There is an abundance of museums:  Rodolfo Morales Museum
in Ocotlan, Rufino Tamayo Museum, Museum of Textiles and 
Museum of Contemporary art in Oaxaca.  
There is even a Stamp Museum, the only one in the country. 
There are cutting edge galleries in the historic center of town.  
Lovely climate and fabulous restaurants.

Oaxaca has maintained its artistic identity.
The culture, folk art, contemporary art, music, native dress, cuisine....
An adventure I would love to share with you.

An Oaxacan Adventure in October
Sunday, 29 September - Sunday, 6 October, 2013.

I will be sending out a detailed itinerar

along with costs in December.
I am limiting the group to only 14 and I already have 5 verbal "yeses".
Should you want to join me, please give me a call o
send me an email and I will reserve your place now.

Robin Mullen
660 Fairfax St., Denver, CO  80220

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