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12.09.2018

San Luis Potosi

Postosi is a very vibrant university city with a population of two million. We explored the old section of town enjoying the Spanish architecture.


This building houses the University offices


A very stylized statue.


Nice hand carved door. The thespian masks make me think it leads to a theater.


Many street are pedestrian only. 




Watch out for the Dog men's store. There were also children and women's stores.






In 1870 the Spanish completed San Luis potosi Cathedral and the left tower. The right tower was completed in the 1900s.  

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A wedding is in progress


City hall


Lunch was very delicious Chicken Mole




The Capilla de Aranzaau


And another wedding.


 During the struggle for independence in 1810, this convent behind the church was used either by public officials as a place of refuge, or by clashing factions for their barracks. 


12.07.2018

Real de Catorce

Real de Catorce is nestled in the Sierra de Catorce mountains at an oxygen deprived elevation of 9000 feet. The town was many years old when silver was discovered in 1772. At its peak in the 1800s 40,000 people lived here. The very rick silver mines supported a mint, bull ring and shops selling European luxury goods. The price of silver plummeted after 1905 and only a few people remained eking out a living from the mine tailings. Today it is making a come back from tourism.
Several movies have been filmed in Real including Bandidas, The Mexican and the classic The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Access to Real is through the 1.5 mile Ogarrio Tunnel.  

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There is a free shuttle for tourists that arrive by bus. Kevin and Ruth are on the left and the two women on the right with packs are from the Netherlands. They are spending 6 months touring Mexico


The church on the town square was completed in the early 1800s


Not the stone floor one would expect, but wood


The old Mint has been transformed into a museum. All the signage is spanish, but I enjoy seeing the item on display.



This deer is created by pressing very small plastic beads in bees wax that coats the form.




Traditional clothing from different regions. 




There are many lovely hotels in town. Summer is the high season. There are very few tourists here now. Many of the hotels and shops are closed for the season.


Lobby 


You see this style of beautiful stone work all over town. It is very labor intensive, but looks great. All the slivers of rock between the larger stones were crated by a worker using a hammer to break up a much larger rock.  


There are horse back tours


Some of the many old ruins in and around town


This is the oldest chapel in town, built by Franiscan monks in 1775



The oldest grave stone I found.




Out to lunch. Clockwise Kevin, Paul, Lynnette, Ruth, and Wendy


12.05.2018

Montemorelos to Matehuala

Yesterday we departed Monte Sur at the very civil hour of 9 am. The drive took us through a beautiful mountain pass, hwy 58 from Linares to Entronque San Roberto, Nuevo Leon.




These sedimentary layers have been stood on edge by colossal tectonic forces


I bet the clouds obscured amazing views.



Blue skies on the other side of the pass

Descending into the desert


Lunch break

Tucked in at the Las Palmas Hotel in Matehuala.



Today we explored the city center.

Tis the season to break pinatas


Caravan members shopping in the central market



Spreading Christmas joy,  sirens wailing