Wednesday, my destination was to go to Atotonilco. The UN World Heritage site only fifteen minutes outside of San Miguel. It is referred to as the "Sistine Chapel" of Mexico. It appears that all the restoration work in the main church is completed. A big festival is being held there this weekend. The altars were covered with pink and red roses in mass profusion. A lovely sight. I've written about Atotonilco many times over the years as well.
My next stop was Ruth's. Ruth is a ceramic factory headquartered in Delores Hidalgo that has a side retail store outside San Miguel. I needed one flower pot. If you can't find it at Ruth's, you pretty much can't find it anywhere. I found the pot. Rather then head back to San Miguel, I headed for Delores. Stopped at Amore where one can watch the artists hand painting free-style the talavera dishes and pots. They had huge shipments being wrapped, crated, and made ready for export shipment. Saw lots of great things there for the US and European market.
Instead of heading back to San Miguel at this point, it seemed like the only right thing to do was to head into Delores Hidalgo to Vicente's for the best carnitas on earth. They have SEVEN restaurants in Delores Hidalgo!
Once I hit the road, I wanted to go more. So, Friday morning was a trip to Mineral de Pozos. It's about 45 minutes from San Miguel just like Delores Hidalgo is, but its 1000 ft higher then San Miguel. The drive is through farmland that is breathtakingly beautiful - especially this time of year. Mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and corn - lots and lots of corn - to just name a few things grown for export. All the mushrooms are grown for Whole Foods. I don't know about the other crops as to their final destination. Approaching Pozos, the mountain peaks are very, very high. It's a beautiful sight.Typically when I drive to Pozos during the week, seeing fifteen people is a lot! It is an abandoned mining town whose families only seem to come back on the weekends to visit. So you can imagine my surprise when I pulled up to its plaza on a side street to see a fair being set up.
The lime green and black board was set up for an indigenous ceremony to be held on Saturday morning when the Chichimechas and Otomis along with a tribe from the State of Sonora was going to participate.
Sonora is near Arizona! A long, long, long way away. In addition, a local man told me that a rap group from Chicago is going to play Saturday night Say what?
Wandering around the plaza, there was much jewelry made for sale along with indigenous musical instruments and some clothing. It's truly amazing how many minerals come from this area such as amethysts, opals, turquoise along with stones that I couldn't identify. Magnificently made filigreed necklaces and bracelets for very little money.
Mineral de Pozos at one time was a very, very wealthy town with silver mines and some gold. Today those mnes are closed. They have been closed since around 1910 when the mines were flooded during the Revolution.
It's so interesting when driving up and down most of the streets over there to see no people living on the streets. However, I must say that yesterday I saw at least 100 people! The most I've ever seen in Mineral de Pozos.
The week was capped off last night in going to the performance of Doc Severinsen and several other musicians. Actually there was a total of fourteen! Most were Cuban with several Mexican singers as well as musicians. Unfortunately I wasn't able to photograph the event or record the music. Suffice to say, that although Doc is now 87, to listen to his solo performances, one would never imagine that.
It was a superb evening of about two hours of WOW music! I had not heard Doc play in five years, but I promise, he is still as talented as ever. It was a sold out theater.
The town is hopping with all the tourists here now. This is our summer "high season" just like we have a high season in the winter from the end of November til the first of April. There were so many events going on this weekend that one would have to be a whirling dervish to get to half of them! It will continue this way until mid-August when it will slow down again.
Coming up or ongoing, Guanajuato International Film Festival begins this coming week along with the San Miguel Music Festival. There is a Blues/Jazz Festival going on as I write this. Heavens, I can't even list it all.
Come see for yourself!