|out the front door and look right down Calle Roque|
El Templo San Roque on the left
|walk down the hill, look back at our Casa Azul at the corner of Galarza|
the copying shop downstairs still looking after students
late in the evening
|in the plaza in front of San Roque|
|down the hill into the Jardin Reforma|
|dine in the Jardin Reforma|
|walk back up past San Roque|
|and on towards...|
|Plaza San Fernando with its restaurants|
|and head down to Avenida Benito Juarez|
... Benito Juarez, such a man, such an example of Mexico
|past fine things|
|past the legislative building and up towards the|
Plaza de la Paz and the Basilica
|buy the gelato and sit here|
|these guys come to get gelatos too|
|and then we get to meet the family from Chiapas|
|pass the basilica|
|look down El Truco, remember lunch at #7|
|and down to the action at the Jardin Union|
|with Pipila looking down from the hill and a car going by in one of the underground roads...|
That's exactly where we came to the surface in Guanajuato a week ago.
It's extraordinary coming into town through narrow tunnels made with mine digging equipment, arriving at a crossroads underground, cars and buses giving way.
|the air now cool and breezy|
|the youth of the population evident|
|the churrigueresco of San Diego, doors shut|
|poses with a strange figure outside Teatro Juarez, built during the 'Porfiriato' of|
Porfirio Diaz, such a combination of dictator, reformer, determinedly modern
|both times we passed by the Plaza de la Paz she was sitting thinking|
|such finery, such attendants.|
We see these women, one at a time only, escorted, dressed so
... but we don't know what is celebrated
|You see (or I see) the big blue sign WC and duck in.|
Pay $MEX5 for the privilege and a supply of paper
while one's consort gets to watch Tom and Jerry
|Days in the window and not taken home!|
|restaurants pack up|
|we head back up through San Fernando|
swinging through the Plaza San Roque we catch the last musical moment of the evening.
Yes, ragged and tired; the Mariachi band has led this audience
all around the town for a couple of hours, probably paying and signing on at the Jardin Union.
|and back up Calle San Roque to our Blue House at #7|
... and to go back to the beginning,
this video below
was our first intriguing look at Guanajuato.
No one in Australia we knew had heard of Guanajuato.
I showed this video to people and over time I began to feel it had to be
a bit fake, it had to be a gloss, it had to overstate.
But no, this is really very much the place we found
and it's a good place
for you to start...