Saturday, January 24, 2009

San Antonio

Last Sunday we visited San Antonio, a small town in the mountains near La Paz, once a much larger center of gold and silver mining. Many of the oldest buildings were open for touring as a part of a fund raising effort. It was especially interesting to move through the dark, cool interior rooms and then out into the courtyard gardens around which the houses are built. Interior and exterior space merge in many ways; the use of space is perhaps much more a factor of shade and shadow.

And of course as always in Mexico, color brings alive even the most mundane details. The modern palette has vivid colors; in this almost forgotten, faded place, the colors were much softer and quieter.

San Antonio sits on the lower slopes of the Sierra de la Laguna, and consequently recieves a bit more rain than La Paz. There are particularly rich stands of vegetation, and one nearby place is fenced and set aside as a Cactus Sanctuary, where we saw some wierd and wild prickly plants.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the Mexico I know. But only in short visits each year.

I do not know your plans, but if you start touring the mainland, try a town called Alamos. About 30 miles east of Navahoa (sp) in the Sierra Madre Occidental. And, the pottery available near the west end of the Copper Canyon.

Listen to the music, it is magical.

If you think you will go to Alamos, publish that fact. I have an old and great friend in Alamos and would try to visit when you can be near.


January 24, 2009 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Great pics as always.

I am not sure whether you were able to port there, but Todo Santos is a quaint little town on the west coast, just north of Cabo. It is a little artist colony with a quaint little Italian Restaurant called Cafe Santa Fe.

I suspect you have already been there. Adios, good travels. All is well in Illinois.

January 26, 2009 6:03 AM  

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