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Calle Blvd Faja de Oro 1502, Salamanca, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, 36740, Mexico
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Miguel Hidalgo statue
The cable car entrance
A lateral door of the church
Looking for great tin lamps
How do I find the great tin lamps that Marfil is famous for?
Re: Looking for great tin lamps
You mean like the stars like the ones in the link?
I couldn´t find any from Marfil, Gto., however I am pretty sure there must be something there!
What I did find and remember is to see those lamps in Tonala, Jalisco, it takes a drive and you might need to spend the night there. I found a website that is pretty handy:
Search on their catalogues (per store) and you will notice they have similar designs.
Travel Tips for Guanajuato
Mi casa es su casa
While I was here, I stayed with a family in a homstay program. although its not the norm, it was so much more culturally enlightening to stay with a family and see how they lived. If anyone wants to find out more about the family I was with (they board 8 people at a time, from all over the world, and their house is very big, many rooms, yet still extremely true to the City-and they own a restaurant, so you ae sure to eat your moneys worth!!!) just let me know.
This is one of the best travel memories I have, because I got to live like a local, walk to and from school every day, eat the meals they are accustomed to, and experience the culture. When I came home, I quit my job at the Government and went back to school , because I realized there was more to life than pushing paper....
"Calavara" of Life and Death
This is the original for the mural shown above.
ARTIST: Posada, Jose Guadalupe
TITLE: Calavera of Don Quijote
MEDIA: metal engraving
Image courtesy of:
Mark Harden's ARTCHIVE at http://artchive.com
There is another Conquistador/Quixote street mural on the title page of my Mexico page.
Freshest Baked Goods
Panaderia La Luna is a great place to pick up fresh baked goods in the morning, especially if you're staying on the east end of town (for example, at Casa Mexicana or the official Hosteling International hostel). Follow my bad directions below and surely you'll get there sooner or later. In the "historic center", baked goods go for about five pesos each, whereas at Panaderia La Luna they're closer to half that. Get there early in the morning (around 8:30) for the freshest muffins (that taste like angelfood cake), rolls and mini-loaves around. DIRECTIONS:
I've searched and searched for an address for this little bakery but I can't find one! Basically, if you're walking to Cafe Tal, heading uphill, just keep going. Go past the market (you can take the pedestrian bridge if you want) and the bakery is a few doors up on the right. We timed the walk from Casa Mexicana (a hostel) and it's four minutes- if you've walked more than six or seven minutes you're definitely on the wrong track.
The Pantheon / Museo de las Momias Mexico
The Pantheon overlooks the city of Guanajuato. Here, bodies of the dead were placed inside crypts above ground. Heat dried the bodies creating mummies of exceptional quality. The first mummy, a French physician, was discovered after removal for failure to pay a burial tax in 1865. Beginning in the late 1800s some were transferred to galleries that are open to the public. The Pantheon contains the largest collection of mummies in the Western Hemisphere.
Examinations of the mummies reveal many cases of arthritis caused by hard labor, tuberculosis, and the results of high infant mortality.
Outside, there are a number of vendors and stalls that sell souvenirs of the Pantheon such as keychains, wallets, toys etc.
The view of Guanajuato from the grounds of the Pantheon is tremendous- high up but not too far away. Although the route to walk up is confusing (NOTE: it is better to take a cab or bus up here); the walk down is a sightseer's paradise of tiny steep streets, stairways and brightly painted houses.
Must-see: El Museo de las Momias
The Mummy Museum (El Museo de las Momias) is already thoroughly reviewed in this forum and I won't add much other description. It well deserves its reputation of one of Guanajuato's top attractions as well as of one of the best museums in Central Mexico.
Composition of the soil and the air in Guanajuato is such that, when over the years buried bodies were routinely removed from the municipal cemetery, many of those bodies were found mummified. Those natural-preserved bodies have been put on the display in the museum. There are more than 100 mummified bodies in display, in different status of preservation, some with hair and clothing intact. The oldest mummy is as old as 1870. Among others, it is on display the mummy of a phoetus, buried with his/her mother, said to be the smallest mummy in the world.
Some mummies are quite impressive so if you are impressionable or too sensitive you may want to pass. If you are not, it is definitely a must-see attraction. The museum is a couple of Kms outside the city center and you will need a taxi or other transportation to get there.
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