Monthly Archives: June 2008

Parque Hidalgo~Talavera Tiles~Tlacotalpan, Veracruz–post 2


These 10 benches, adorned with hand made TALAVERA tiles , were a gift to the City of Tlacotalpan be the Presidente (mayor) , Sr. Francisco Novoa, in 1944.

They were originally installed along a pedestrian walk between the Zocalo (main town square) and a smaller square some 4 blocks away. When the walk was converted to be used by the auto, the benches were moved to their present location of PARQUE HIDALGO.

Each bench depicts a different scene of Tlacotalpan. They were designed and executed by the Mexican artist German Rogerio, in Puebla, Mexico. Puebla is famous for its Talavera Ware. Dishes, decorative items and tiles.

The initials JMP can also be found on the tiles, but no one knows what or who they stand for..

Here are some pictures of the benches, and the Talavera tiles

Parque Hidalgo~~~Tlacotalpan, Veracruz……post 1 of 2 posts

This statue [circa: 1907] is of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla ( 1753-1811 )…….

Considered the foremost patriot of Mexican Independence, he is called “del PADRE de la PATRIA ” ( father of the homeland ).

This Mexican revolutionary priest-on September 15TH, 1810-delivered an impassioned speech, the GRITO de DOLORES. And to this day, the ” GRITO ” is delivered to the gathered masses on September 15TH, in every city & village, large & small, throughout Mexico.  Hence the name -PARQUE HIDALGO–HIDALGO PARK.

Mis Gatos in Casa De La Luz /\/\/\ Tlacotalpan, Mexico

Miss “CHI-CHI” … 9 years old, and Sr. “CHAVO” … 7 years old, rode across Mexico from Oaxaca with me, in the back seat of the moving van, some five and a half years ago.

With all the toads/frogs, creepy-crawly bugs and birds everywhere they looked, ( the savannas start just a block and a half away from the casa),  they adapted to this new…HOT & HUMID climate (after cool Oaxaca) right away. Not like me…it took about a year.  I will admit that at first I thought I had made a big mistake. Arriving on July 4TH, the temps were in the high 90°s and the humidity was around 80%. Now it seems like I have always lived here.  And no fungus between my toes !!——yet.

CHI-CHI has had many suitors, but being spayed, will have nothing to do with them and sends them on their way whenever they dare to enter her territory. After all these years, she still only tolerates CHAVO being around !

As for CHAVO, being neutered, he gets out there and has his go at fighting with the interlopers, and holds his own, tho I am sure he doesn’t quite know why!!

Chavo loves one and all, as long as they have time to stop and say hello and give him a good rub. As for CHI-CHI, she would just as soon no one come close and will keep her distance, no matter who it is…even me most of the time.  So independent.

I am sure I have too many pictures of these guys, but if you are a cat person, you understand. Here are a few I am sharing today.


I forgot to mention, they do get bent out of shape when guests are traveling with their dogs..which are always welcome…but they have the jungle garden, and a few high places to perch if need be. And those dogs never stay for more than a few days. Well, except for ANDREW…he was here a couple months. They got used to each other ! I think !!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and please share your thoughts.  ADIOS, Bill



Los Viejos–The Old Men Tlacotalpan, Veracruz


Today I wanted to share with you some pictures taken in December, 2006, and 2007

These figures are called “Los Viejos” or, in English, The Old Men. They represent the end of the old year. They appear in yards, and in front of houses in the afternoon of December 31 every year. Constructed from old cloths, stuffed with straw, confetti, and FIRE CRACKERS.

At midnight, on the last day of the year, they are put in the center of the street and set afire. Symbolizing the end of the old and the start of the new year. After which, the families sit down to a big meal–with relatives, and neighbors.1

The popping firecrackers set off the confetti, which goes flying through the air and rolling, burning, down the streets. Everyone is laughing, having a drink, and the kids chase the fireworks.

A lot of gunpowder and smoke, so you try to stay up-wind if at all possible !

After this great display and family dinner, at 1AM, everyone goes to the Zocalo (town center ) and watches a fireworks display, just like the 4TH of July in the states. All in all, a wonderful get together for friends and family, In Tlacotalpan, Veracruz Mexico. Enjoy……………………..


More Orchids-Casa De La Luz / Tropical Garden

OrchidsOrchidsOrchidsOrchidsOrchidsOrchidsOrchidsI have pulled together a few more pictures of orchids in the garden. they don´t all bloom at the same time, so these photos are from over a several month period. These are all(but one) native orchids to the Tuxtla Mountains, in the state of Veracruz. The Tuxtlas are located about 50 miles south of Tlacotalpan. They are a series of extinct volcanoes. It rains there almost every day, all year. An amazingly lush environment. Hope you enjoy the photos.



Tuesday afternoon, Marni and I took a boat tour on the Papaloapan River. Tlacotalpan sits on the banks of this large river,as it meanders on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, at Alvardo, Veracruz. This river, in the old days, before the railroads came to Mexico, was a major deep water port for large sea-going vessels. They would come up the river to Tlacotalpan and load their cargo of sugar cane, cotton and cocoa, that was exported to Europe, The Caribbean and The United States.

On this sort of grey day we chanced upon a rancher herding his cattle across the river. Our guide ,Andres,Cattle CrossingCattle CrossingCattle CrossingCattle Crossing was kind enough to maneuver our boat closer for a few pictures. Here are a couple.