The shopping trip and memories

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THIS IS THE Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. It’s the most spectacularly colorful church I’ve ever seen. My child bride says there’s one just as impressive or better in Oaxaca, but I’ve never set foot in Oaxaca.

This photo doesn’t do it justice. I took it with my cell, having left my camera at the Hacienda when we visited the State Capital today, mostly for shopping and eating.

We ate lasagna. Then we visited the Modern Art Museum. Following that, we walked across the street, under an ancient aqueduct, and a block farther to this church.

We sat a spell.

Then we walked another block to a long, tree-lined pedestrian street full of old Spanish Colonial buildings, some of which are collapsing but some are restored and beautiful. We sat on a stone bench, and I shot the next photo.

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This is not a black-and-white photo.

We were less than two blocks from where I lived above a garage after arriving in Mexico in January of 2000. Square in the middle of this photo, you can see the back of a phone booth that’s been there at least 20 years, and who knows how much longer?

Maybe the Conquistadors installed it.

I had a Mexico City girlfriend before moving down here. We’d met on Match.com, and she’d already visited me twice in Houston before I retired youngish and moved south. She was 50 years old at the time but still a real babe. Some women can do that. Her mother was Mexican, and her father was a Spaniard. It mixed well in her, believe me.

Almost every night during the four months I lived above that garage just down the street, I walked to this phone booth and called her. The relationship did not pan out, and a year later we went our separate ways. Just as well because she was not as agreeable as the child bride I ended up with, who is also a real babe. Some women age well.

Then we stood up and headed to Costco and Walmart.

17 thoughts on “The shopping trip and memories

  1. That is an amazing looking church. Is it the former Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, next to the new one? I didn’t think it was open to the public. It’s far more impressive than anything I remember in Oaxaca. Great photo too.

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    1. Señor Lanier: I believe you are thinking of Mexico City, not Morelia. That’s where the two versions of Guadalupe’s church are.

      So, no. This is a different church. As I mentioned, it’s even more spectacular in person than that photo shows, and it’s a very popular spot for wedding ceremonies due to its eye-popping, over-the-top extravagance. Worth a visit.

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      1. Thanks for clearing that up. Morelia is a neat place, many good restaurants, occasional killings, but you can get shot just about anywhere these days. Wonder what do you call that style of interior decor? Turbo Baroque?

        I hate the new Lady of Guadalupe basilica in CDMX and all those poor people crawling around on bloody knees really upset me too, along with the swarms of vendors.

        al

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        1. Señor Lanier: Many consider Morelia a well-kept secret below the border. One rarely sees it on tourist destinations or recommendations, but it’s a real swell place. I wish I lived there instead of here on the more provincial mountaintop. But if I’m wishing, I might as well go full tilt. If I could move anywhere in Mexico (and I can, but I’m not), I would prefer Querétaro or Puebla, maybe even San Luis Potosí.

          When I lived in Morelia those seven-plus months back in 2000, it was not nearly so nice as it’s become. The entire downtown area was flooded with sidewalk vendors, shoulder-to-shoulder, to such a horrendously spectacular degree that you could scarcely see the beautiful Colonial architecture of pink stone. About a decade ago, the city administration finally worked up the nerve to throw them all out. Way overdue it was. Occasional killings? I bet there are far more, even considering the population difference, in Houston or San Antonio. And certainly in Chicago.

          As for the two Guadalupe churches in Mexico City, I’ve been there just once in spite of its being very close to our condo there. The “new” one is hardly new, being built in the mid-1970s. I find it interesting. Due to the time it was designed and built, the Hippie Era, I see a very noticeable psychedelic air about its appearance. It’s definitely a product of its time.

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  2. I’ve been in that church, around about the time we met face to face for the first time. Thanks for reminding me. It is certainly one of the more spectacular churches in Mexico, and that’s saying a lot.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where the churches tend more toward austere and Puritan.

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