Sunday, May 15, 2011
Can you hum along, while I play?
Last night the wife said she wanted to buy a guitar for her niece. So we have a few choices here, either go to Walmart and pick up made in China or some other place in the world OR, go to the guitar capital of the world, right here in Michaocan.
She opted for the more expensive alternative.
So what we figured we would do is have breakfast at a place El Gorjeo de Las Aves En Las Mañanas de Abril, which is located sort of on the way to Uruapan and later Paracho.
The town is Ziracuarétiro, about 8 or 9 miles west of Patzcuaro.
After breakfast we would then proceed to Paracho which would then facilitate us getting a few geetars.....
On the way to Uruapan on the back road we passed a restaurant called Hacineda Los Arcos. I have been on that back road only once before about 10 years ago and really didn't remember it at all. What sparked my recollection of it was have Don Cuevas write about it on his blog awhile ago, and any place that he enjoys, has always never been disappointing to me.
You can see by the picture the patron saint of Paracho is the Acoustic Guitar.
I have only been through Patacho once before. On the autopista between Guadalajara and Morelia about 10 years ago, we figured that we would go through Urupan to get to Patzcuaro.....sort of a short cut.
Not in your life.
Even with the autopista completed between Uruapan and Patzcuaro, the trip is a half day jaunt.
The time before we were not looking for any guitars, so we never stopped.
Walking the streets, every other shop was selling , making, or supplying parts for guitars.
So now the work for my wife was to negotiate a guitar or two, while I waited outside.
Not that I know anything about guitars, I figure that if I wait outside, she may spend less money.
But I am usually wrong, as I was this time.
I have had several friends ask how close we were to Paracho, and now I can tell them it is about a two hour drive, going through several small villages, one of which the local Indian ladies had totally different style of dresses, a lot more color full and decorated with glass and metal sequins.
Interesting how different villages have different styles of dress......
But that's for another post.
With two guitars in hand with a few thousand pesos removed we made our trek back home. One the way home we stopped by at Hacienda Los Arcos for the afternoon meal.
The place is impressive to say the least, interesting that in the middle of nowhere, you find a place that has at least 25 cars parked in the parking lot, and a nice spread..
Later, I will discuss our meal and surroundings......more to follow ......