Mexico! May 05 2017, 2 Comments
I totally fell in love with Oaxaca City, despite having a population of 4 million people, it had none of that big city hustle and bustle – arty, foody and always something unexpected and extraordinary going on in the streets.
There was no shortage of street art.
Shrines outside houses.
The colours and creativity carry on into the graveyards, a place for picnics and music.
Mescale bars and market food.
One of our favourite breakfast places, the Boulenc Bakery – Sarah falls in love with Paco the chihuaha, they share the same hair colour and have matching blue stripe shirts on. I loved the loos, using re-cycled materials.
Luscious herbs, papier mache pinatas, and dangerous looking coloured mescales in the market.
The best market jewellery was from Sal Timbaaco.
Beautiful botanical gardens in the centre of Oaxaca, originally an army base and totally barren, it was saved from becoming a hotel complex and instead became a haven of plants and trees indigenous to Oaxaca state. Our guide explained how so many plants had traditional uses, a beautiful, natural way of living that needs preserving.
Museo Rufino Tamayo, an astonishing collection of pre-Hispanic artefacts.
Olga our kind landlady wearing a Pazuki scarf I gave her.
Textile museum. The embroidery in Oaxaca is extraordinary, if I lived there I would definitely wear nothing but hand embroidered smocky dresses.
I couldn’t resist buying 3 carpets from Dulizan in Teotitlan village. The wool is all hand-dyed with natural dyes on the roof top.
The paper-making studio attached to a beautiful art school - the Institute of Arts in San Agustin Etla, founded by the famous Mexican artist, Francisco Toledo, in an old textile factory.
Loved these humorous miniature tin paintings.
An original colour choice for an apartment building.
A few days down at the beach, we rented a cool beach house. I just had time to dab some acrylic paint onto the hand-made paper I bought at the art school, not easy as it was very absorbent and so hot my paints dried up instantly.