I've learned in all my years of traveling, that adventures can be had within two hours of home. Especially in Mexico. This happened yesterday when I and three friends headed off to explore a couple of villages that I
had not been to in quite some time - like eight years and twelve years, respectively.
What fun! The purpose for me, was to explore Vizarron for onyx furniture as it is near the mountains where they get white marble and onyx. I've seen lighting sconces out of onyx around town and knew they were coming from that area. Voila! We did find all kinds of things.
One time I went to Bernal to buy wool products. Nary a store was open. It was graduation day at the primary school and all businesses had closed to be at the graduation. I just smiled at the fact that their priorities were so right on.
We arrived at Vizarron just around 11AM and a Pemex stop was in order. Here are two of the three friends discussing something..........probably, "How can we ditch the co-pilot?" Just kidding.
Darn, I hate that I was so overwhelmed that I forgot to take photos in Vizarron. The next time.
We walked in about six or seven shops looking at everything. Then I went back to the first shop and bought a small table to put next to a chair in the living room to put a coffee cup or magazine on. I love it. I didn't realize HOW much I loved it until I saw it in a shop in Tequisquiapan for four times as much! It pays to shop at the source..........the thing I love to do the most anyway.
Then as we walked down the street, there was a little shoe shop with a giant stuffed llama inside. It definitely caused us to stop and walk in. The guys went crazy over the most unique and interesting, handmade shoes out of llama hide I've ever seen. Two of the three got shoes. I regret I didn't get slippers as they were lined with the most wonderful sheep skin. Rats! Anyway, the shoes were about $35USD and if I saw those at Whole Earth Provisions or some specialty store in the states, I can assure you they would be close to $200USD! The man and his wife were so nice and helpful. It was a super experience.
After all that fun and spending a couple of hours in Vizarron, we headed for Tequis because Trey, one of the men, wanted to see minerals as in geodes, amethyst, quartz, etc. I knew exactly the place to take him.
The photo above was three little old white haired women sitting in a spot of sunshine on one of the walkways of Tequis..........The photo was taken as we sat and had the most delicious lunch of sopa de elote (corn soup) along with crepes with huitlacoche. Oh my, what a meal! The guys didn't have the crepes because they didn't want to taste huitlacoche. Their loss.
But, we found the minerals. Gorgeous hunks of rocks some polished - some not. All of these minerals come from the mountains around Queretaro and Tequis. A very rich area! My friend found a magnificent piece of quartz that was about a foot high for his collection. Darn, I forgot to photograph it.
It's such a treat to see all these different stones. One one design project, rather then using art in the various rooms, I had slabs of minerals framed in plexi boxes and hung above the beds in the rooms. With the right lighting it was quite a conversation piece. I might have to go back one of these days and buy something.
My son would have been in heaven looking at all these things. Hopefully some day he'll get to Tequis as well.
I arrived home all hyped up. It had been such a great day of exploring and seeing the countryside of Mexico with friends. Often I hesitate to take off like that with people for fear my excitement over a place will not translate for them. Or whatever. Yesterday was not like that and so the hope is there to head another direction soon to places that these friends have not seen.
In a lifetime, it seems to me, it would be nearly impossible to see all that is so wonderful in this country.