Mexico City, Taxco and Acapulco
07.05.2008 - 14.05.2008 32 °C
Lots of people and pollution, the worst service so far in a hotel generally (not rude but certainly not going out of their way to help). That's the bad things, the good things were the food was very tasty, loved the Antropology Museum and the tour to Sun and Moon Pyramids
What a jewel .... sure it is a little touristy but it has plenty of old world Mexican charm. Centre of the silversmith artisan area in Mexico .. the silver is mined nearby but the ore sent up north to Monterrey to be smelted then held by the Govt until requested by the artisans. The town itself has buildings all built in similar style (government regulation) which adds character. the streets are narrow generally one way and cobbled.
White walled houses and burnt orange rooves for as far as the eye can see.
The travel service arranged an obligatiry stop at a silversmiths ... and being feed numerous shots of tequila loosened the purse strings a bit
My hotel Agua Escondia is the only one on the main plaza and offers tremendous views of Santa Prisca Cathedral what a magnificent church ... Latin America does one thing very well (apart from cheap beer and food) and that is the three C's Cathedrals Churches & Chapels) ... I am about full up with them for a while so fortunately there won't be too many more for the next six weeks or so until I hit England
Hot in Taxco plenty of lazing in the pool after walking the narrow steep cobbled roads, I didn't want to risk my life in one of the hundred vintage white VW beetles whizzing around the town ... almost running into each other on blind curves and playing chicken with their oncoming buddies on streets made for one and a half lanes. I see progress is coming and there seemed to be a number of ATV's (well suited to the topography) plying their trade in competition to the VW's
The end of my Latin American leg and time to relax for a few days before starting the North American leg .... Staying at the Elcano Hotel very nice with a nautical theme, lots of blue and white. Decided to just not do much ... laze around at hotel, beach and pool ... too hot to do much anyway. Hardly got the camera out while I was there
I probably should have learn't a bit more Spanish for this trip but my lack of the language didn't lead to any disasters, fortunately I was mainly in tourist areas that had a reasonable amount of English spoken