heading east…to my city.

So long 100 plus degree days…

lazy afternoons…

incredible sunsets…

and time with good friends.

I’ll miss you…but my city is calling…

There’s more to come once I get settled!

 

my favorite peeps of mexico

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He played so beautifully while sitting on a sidewalk in Patzcuaro

sight impaired and so trying to make a living…

people of mexico

Oh how I could’ve taken this one home with me….

a sweetheart…just walking the streets of Patzcuaro

people of mexico

The next day I caught him napping in the jardin

people of mexico

Her mom was the restroom attendant at the House of Eleven Patios in Patzcuaro

and she waited so patiently…

people of mexico

What a cutie pie sitting on the steps of the Universidad de Guanajuato…loved his glasses!

people of mexico

omg…a little cherub just playing in a store front entryway in Patzcuaro

people of mexico

Oh look!

Doc Severinsen, Gil Gutierrez and the San Miguel Five playing at an intimate venue in San Miguel de Allende

Hard to imagine that Doc is 87 years old and still going strong!

doc in san miguel de allende

“On the Streets” of San Miguel de Allende

Bill Cunningham and Scott Schuman would’ve loved him!

people of mexico

Occupied while her mom opened up her souvenir shop in the centro of Patzcuaro…

little gal in Patzcuaro

Another sweetheart sitting in front of the church in Atotonilco

people of mexico

Looking through a door slat at a local in Tzintzuntzan

woman in Tzintzuntzan, Mexico

And another selling produce on the streets of Guanajuato

We had a great chat without either of us understanding a word…

I sat down beside her…showed her the photo in my camera…

and she just laughed out loud while speaking Spanish a mile a minute!

people of mexico

And of course these adorable little swallow peeps in Santa Rosa

peeps of mexico

“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.”

Elliott Erwitt, photographer

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Have a great weekend!

chef diego of quiroga, mexico

Chef Diego at Los Molcajetes in Quiroga, Mexico

Let’s set the scene. You’re in a little town of about 13,000 Mexicans and three gringos – that be us.   You stop and park in front of a very local restaurant filled with eight tables…all covered with red plastic table cloths compliments of coca-cola with matching red and white chairs.  Toss in lime green painted walls and a kitchen area just big enough for two and you’ve entered the domain of Chef Diego.

Los Molcajetes - chef Diego

Chef Diego begins by lining his molcajete (well seasoned for sure!) with napoles (grilled paddles of the prickly pear cactus) and then adding chirizo (pork sausage) or bistec (beefsteak) or chuleta (pork) or costilla (ribs) – your choice.  Of course seasoned on his grill with some cebollitas (scallions)…then the queso (cheese) topped with avocado and served with salsa.  Voila…you have Chef Diego’s volcano!

Los Molcajetes - chef Diego in Quiroga, Mexico

So if you find yourself in the small town of Quiroga in the Michoacan state of Mexico…stop by Los Molcajetes and have Chef Diego prepare you his specialty!  To die for….and four of us ate for $275 pesos.  That’s 20 bucks U.S…and we couldn’t even eat it all.  Oh, and by all means toss in some Mexican beer!

 

mezcal

El Carajo Mezcaleria in Patzcuaro, Mexico

See what happens when you spend time in a mezcaleria?

El Carajo Mezcaleria Patzcuaro, Mexico

El Carajo Mezcaleria in Patzquaro, Mexico

El Carajo Mezcaleria in Patzcuaro, Mexico

For all of you inquiring minds…What’s the difference between mezcal and tequila?  Well, tequila must be made from the blue agave plant and mezcal can be made from more than 30 varieties of agave, including the blue.  Plus there’s some differences in the production process too.

If you find yourself visiting Patzcuaro, Mexico…

be sure to stop by El Carajo Mezcaleria and chat with Adalberto!

He’s the mezcal master!

btw…as you may have guessed…the next day was kinda slow…

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(p.s.  thanks to my friend suzan for the photos of moi!)

la catrina

Juan Torres studio in Capula, Mexico

This is my third visit to the San Miguel de Allende area of Mexico within the past two years, but this visit started out in the state of Michoacan.  Yes, that state.  The one the U. S. Department of State says to defer non-essential travel to…and, yes, we went anyway.  My reasoning…has the state department deferred non-essential travel to certain areas of Chicago where 82 shootings occurred over the July 4th weekend?  Yes, we must all exercise common sense when traveling wherever we go in our world, but I also think Michoacan is getting a bad wrap and it’s really hurting the tourism in that state.

After researching, I knew that a visit to Capula (in the state of Michoacan) was a must to see catrina maestro Juan Torres‘ gallery. I’d coveted la catrina in my previous trips just because of their whimsical look, but had never purchased nor understood the true meaning until this visit.  You see it all started with a drawing back in the 19th century by a famous engraver and newspaper illustrator named Jose Posada who mocked the European-influenced ruling, targeting the dress and mannerisms of the wealthy.

Fast forward, many artists have tried to produce la catrina, but none have succeeded like the talented Juan Torres, world-famous painter, sculptor and architect.

catrina capula mexico Juan Torres gallery

Amazing detail…

catrina capula mexico Juan Torres gallery

The property where his home and studio are located also includes a magnificent museum filled with Torres‘ painting and ceramic work.  An adventure just to walk the grounds to view his art and the beautiful views.

juan torres gallery capula, mexico

juan torres gallery capula, mexico

juan torres gallery capula, mexico

juan torres gallery capula, mexico

Torres‘ spouse, Maria, tends to the gallery and oversees the working studio. She prepared my la catrina as if handling a newborn child…carefully wrapping each and every part for her upcoming travels.  No language skills needed…what a sweetheart.

juan torres gallery capula, mexico

 Throughout our travels, la catrina could be found everywhere…in various sizes, styles and attire.

la catrina in patzcuaro mexico

hotel casa encantada in patzcuaro, michoacan, mexico

hotel casa encantada in patzcuaro, michoacan, mexico

Over the years la catrina came to symbolize the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)…how appropriate as death seems to bring out the obvious…regardless of our status, everyone is equal in the end, right?

More adventures to come…thanks always for your wonderful comments about my photography!

the chapel of jimmy ray gallery

travel…so…inspires…me.

the people, the culture, the artisans…and…oh…the color.

 

Isn’t color one of the most fulfilling elements that surround us?  Not only can color attract our attention, but it can change our mood in an instant, right?  And for myself…as well as many others I’m sure…color totally inspires me.

And there was color, lots of color at the compound of Casa de Las Ranas, the home of Anado McLauchlin and Richard Schultz located just a few miles from the centro of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

Within their compound is the gallery, The Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, featuring the two-person exhibition; the works of artist/owner Anado and self taught painter Diane Varney.  Totally an abstracted afternoon.  I’m still trying to find the words to describe...the home, the garden and the gallery…all filled with color and over the top decor.

Follow me as we explore…

Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

Not only mosaics and stained glass scattered throughout the property…

but over 20,000 glass bottles incorporated into walls and buildings.

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

The chapel of jimmy ray

Of course there were plenty of skulls in various shapes and sizes…

In Mexican cultures, not only do skulls symbolize death, but rebirth as well.

Gotta love these two!

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

And lots of Buddhas….

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

Oh and speaking of Buddha….my purchase…with Anado, the artist/creator…

anado at the chapel of jimmy ray gallery

And of course an Anado art exhibition wouldn’t be the same without the experimental theater group Cataphilus Teatro performing throughout the carnival of people and color…adding gayety and mischief all around…

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

And just because I’m also inspired by black and white…here’s a few of those too!

the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

 the chapel of jimmy ray gallery

the Chapel of JImmy Ray Gallery

A stimulating, exotic and very unusual afternoon and so much fun!

Now that’s how you have an exhibition opening!  What an experience!