Week of November 02, 2003
We made it to Patzcuaro (pats-quaro) just in time to be fascinated with the
celebration of the Dias De Los Muertos. If you are interested in a brief
description and accompanying photographs of the commemoration please click here
Dias De Los Muertos.
We stopped in a town called (get this name) Tzintzuntzan (tzeent-zoont-zahn - easy now, isn't it!) and visited the cemetery that was richly decorated for the Dias De Los Muertos (see above link). We also spied a pyramid that we did not know existed and strolled among the ruins. The pyramids were a creation of the Tarascan Indians which was an empire or confederation composed of more than 100 towns and villages, some 1000 years ago.
We wandered around Patzcuaro and were in heaven amidst all the
open food stalls and small eateries. We have found the best food to be
made at the small barbacoas and so far, we have had absolutely no
problem (except our stomachs cannot nearly fit as much as we would like).
Besides all the food being offered for sale, seemingly hundreds of shops and
small stalls sell just about anything you could want (and a lot you never know
you needed until you saw it :-).
More notable tidbits about Patzcuaro are the gardens that people grow seemingly out of the walls of their homes and the incredible doors/gates that were installed during the original construction of their homes.