Sunday, January 10, 2010

We're tourists again.

Everytime my parents come to visit, we become tourists again. We explore the city, check out all the tourist hot spots and forget the usual daily grind.
 We started out our adventure by heading BACK to Tonala, an artisan paradise on the outskirts of Guadalajara. You can find beautiful vajillas, paintings, glassware, crafts, floral arrangements, and other unique pieces of art within a reasonable price range. And check out the glass blowing artisans while you're there!

Tlaquepaque came next, which has similar items to Tonala, but presented a more bourgeois and directed towards foreigners. It is a little pricer, but there are little treasures to be found. The food there, is AMAZING. Casa Fuerte has always been our go-to restaurant. Chicken with Huitlacoche and the "El Dorado" medallion are favorites. An artisan community accented by pedestrian-only cobblestone streets and some of the finest art in Guadalajara. Sites to see include Sergio Bustamante's gallery, The Parian with daily mariachi shows, and  Museo de Ceramica.

We also visited  El Triunfo, a gallery of some sort, displaying many "unique" pieces. Midwesterner From Mexico  mentioned this store a while back in Mexico City and after seeing one right here in Guadalajara, it became a featured destination. Like Julie had mentioned, there were a few "diamond in the rough" pieces, but more, Galerias El Truinfo was an overpriced side show.

If you live near one of these other locations, please feel free to add some of your own unique finds!



Leah Flinn said...

I wish Veracruz had more artsy places like this! I will keep these places in mind should I make it over to Guadalajara sometime.

Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

hahaha you might win with that spaceship photo or whatever the heck that is. ;) Also, it would appear that the scary bendy red plastic guy is not exactly flying off the shelves at either location...!
Glad you guys had a good weekend; you missed out on nothing here besides crap rainy weather. Talk soon :)

Amanda said...

That is so great that your mom comes so often. I would love to show my family around. Enjoy your touristic time.

D. R. said...

I don't know if you remember me, but I left you a few messages not too long ago telling you I've been following your blog in a non-stalker way :p
The reason why I am writing this message is because I was wondering if you would like to come to my school to talk about tattooing or your own experience dealing with your husband being deported, moving here and having to adjust to life in Mexico so that my class can interpret you. It would be on either March 4th or the 25th (both are Thursdays), from 8-10 am. We are supposed to bring guests so we can interpret them as practice that is as close to real life as possible.
If you'd be interested, I would really appreciate it! You can email me at daynaroman at gmail dot com to let me know and so I can give you more details :)

Thank you so much and happy new year! Hope you're having fun with your parents in town.

SonoraTim said...

This is my first time on your blog. I got excited when I heard you mention Tonala, Jalisco. My parents were born and raised there. I visited the place back in 1987 when I was a young boy. I still remember the Plaza they had & the ziplock bags tehy used for chocolate shakes.

Tulum Living said...

What a fantastic time. I love it when people come to visit. You remember all of the great spots in your town! Sounds like you had a great time.

remember these spots for when i come!

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