It’s a busy, thriving area with many types of industry nearby including glass blowing. Nearly every drinking-glass, bowl, chandelier, or vase that you have seen in other parts of Mexico was made here in Guadalajara.
Any silly me – I didn’t buy any of it!
|Got off the plane - headed straight to Krispy Kreme!|
Since we were waiting to be sure the vehicle had actually arrived in the city we didn’t buy a lot of things – just in case we had to return to Isla Mujeres via airplane instead of driving home.
In the meantime we window-shopped. On our first day we took a taxi ride out to Tlaquepaque in the suburbs. It’s a fabulous area.
Think of Murano glass from Italy – on steroids; chandeliers that required a house with twenty-foot ceilings, glassware in every colour, size, pattern and description. Antiques from all over Mexico. Pottery. Furniture. Designer studios and rustic furnishing. I was in heaven looking at it all. And in Hell because I couldn’t buy anything!
|Drove twenty miles past our turn off!|
Our first clue should have been when he hollered across the street to a friend, asking how much he should charge for the fare to Tonala.
We got the gist of his problem. There were no more turnoffs. Okay then. Mexico City here we come!
As we rocketed along the highway for another twenty kilometers, he finally spotted an exit for another suburban community. He zipped off, tried a few different roads, and then noticed an under-the-highway drainage culvert, wide enough for the car. And that became our turn-back road. Finally arriving in the Centro of Tonala, we exited the taxi, giggling wildly at our adventure.
Entertainment is where you find it.
|Lawrie shopping in Tonala|
Nope. Still not buying.
Returning to the Hotel Morelos, a lovely old colonial hacienda located in the centre of old Guadalajara, we decided a cold drink was next on the agenda. Luckily for us the first week of September is celebrated in Guadalajara as the Day of the Mariachis.
We had the pleasure of listening to live music in our hotel lobby, across the street in the square, and near the gorgeous 160 year-old Guadalajara Cathedral located in the heart of the historic centre of the city.
|One of the Mariachi bands participating in festival|
When I downloaded my photos to our laptop computer I thought that I must have held the camera at a slight angle as one of the spires of the cathedral had a decided lean to it.
It turns out the cathedral was damaged in several earthquakes spanning from 1932 to 2003. There is a slight tilt to the north tower, and structural damage to the dome. The cathedral is still in daily use. I’d being saying my prayers with my fingers crossed.
|Guadalajara Cathedral in Centre - damaged by earthquakes|
No worries. We can still fill the truck with good stuff.