71 Photos - Nov 7, 2011
Photo: When we planned this trip we were only vaguely aware that it coincided with the Cervantes Festival but didn't know anything about it.Photo: The honored invitees for this years conference were from the Scandinavian countries, but there were many others including the Saint Petersburg Symphony, Berlin String Quartet, Vienna Academy Orchestra, Afro-Cuban All Stars, The King's Singers, and the Paul Taylor Dancers.  Over 150 performances over 3 weeks.Photo: This museum is devoted exclusively to images on don Quijote.Photo: The city is obsessed with Cervantes and images of don Quijote are everywhere.  This statue is in the museumPhoto: Museum interior showing a typical interior courtyard common to Spanish houses.Photo: Another don Quijote statue in the museum.Photo: don QuijotePhoto: don Quijote, nudePhoto: don QuijotePhoto: Pedro and don Quijote statues in a lovely terraced garden.Photo: The Jardin de la Union, with its carefully pruned fig trees is the center of Centro, is full of people both day and night.Photo: The main theater, Teatro Juarez, is patterened after the Paris Opera House.Photo: The cathedral, a Centro landmarkPhoto: Pat at a free outdoor event.Photo: Three Canadian women acrobats performed with this hoop.Photo: This was more or less their finale.Photo: Guanajuato University is a major presence in the city.Photo: With imposing buildings,Photo: and grand views.Photo: View from El Gallo, the rooster, restaurant atop one of the city's hills.Photo: Naturally I found a fellow knife sharpener and had him sharpen my knife.Photo: This is the home of Malina where we took cooking classes.Photo: Chiles en Nogada.Photo: Tortilla soup.Photo: Our second lesson was mole.Photo: Lise, Malina and me.Photo: Mole de pollo with rice.Photo: Villa Sueno Azul is a wonderful B&B near our school and Centro.Photo: Our room had a little terrace ...Photo: overlooking the courtyard where breakfast was served.Photo: Malinali was not only a great hostess but very helpful with language, culture and local information.Photo: It took a little over a week, but Mali's son Diego finally warmed up to Pat.Photo: Street food vendors were everywhere.  No, we did not eat from them, except for peanuts and pumpkin seeds.Photo: We walked through this market almost every day, but it was busiest on Sat and Sunday.Photo: Household goods.Photo: Clothes.Photo: Plastic goods.Photo: A flute and percussion concert ...Photo: In this hacienda, Casa Museo Gene Byron.Photo: Casa Museo Gene Byron.Photo: These "posers" were a popular street performance.Photo: This Pedro and don Quijote was one of the better ones.Photo: The terrace of Santos Cafe spans the street.Photo: The old ways are still with us in Mexico.Photo: Traditional clothing on the streets was not uncommon on weekends during this festival.Photo: GTO is undercut with a series of tunnels, originally to divert the river but now used for auto and pedestrian traffic to help with gridlock.Photo: A tower of the cathedral at night.Photo: This artist was turning a piano into a beaded sculpture.Photo: The partly finished piano.Photo: DetailPhoto: Many street characters were in costume.Photo: Pat and Lise shopping.Photo: Alberto "Lefty" Izquierdo makes the best tortas in GTO in this oven he designed and built.  He lived in Italy and combines the best of both cuisinesPhoto: Pat chatting with Raul, Alberto's artist brother.Photo: I liked the composition of this shelf in Raul's studio.Photo: don Quijote Spanish language school was our home every morning for two weeks.Photo: The building had been owned by the ceramic artist Gorky's family and operated as a restaurant.Photo: Interior.Photo: Gorky tiles.Photo: Pat with Rebeca, one of our instructors.Photo: My class was called the Toritas, or little bulls, by maestro Pedro who drew this cartoon of us.Photo: Classmates Daniela and Alexandra are from Romania and living in GTO because of their husbands work.Photo: Classmate Lise is from Denmark but lives in the USA and plans to travel in Mexico, as we do.Photo: Maestro Pedro, director of don Quijote Spanish Language School in Guanajuato, was our instructor for two hours every day.Photo: At the end of the first week the students gathered to prepare dinner and party.  As you can see, they are somewhat younger than us.Photo: We older students retired to a restaurant to let the youth party.Photo: Plaza Bartilla, one of the smaller and quieter plazas.Photo: Templo de la Valenciana at the edge of GTO was build with silver wealth and retains its 18th century decorations.Photo: A closer view.Photo: Interior detailPhoto: This quartet from Italy played and sang Medieval music on period strings and recorders in the temple.