Monthly Archives: March 2009

The San Cristobal, Chiapas — Home of JOY and DUNCAN

Home of JOY & DUNCAN

The Home Of Joy & Duncan

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My friends Joy & Duncan invited me and my friend Bart to stay with them in their 200 year old home in San Cristobal, Chiapas in February. We have known each other for about 4 years, as they stay in my Posada–Casa De La Luz–in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz,  on their long journey to and from Florida about twice a year. GADS-!–they must truly be Nomads !!

Their home incorporates the carriage entrance of a stately 200 year old town home that has since been divided into three residences. Everywhere you look, in every possible location, on every square inch of space, you encounter their incredible collection of FOLK ART from Mexico and beyond.

Every day, wandering from room to room, I would see another piece I had missed the day before. Having taken over 100 photos, below are just a few…and more will be uploaded to my “WEBSHOTS” page this week.

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San Cristobal de las Casas

Glassed-in walkway to the back of the casa

Inside the front enterance

Inside the front enterance

Dining-room

Dining-room

Dining-room

Dining-room

Dining-room

Dining-room

Living-room

Living-room

Living-room

Living-room

Living-room

Living-room

Loading these photographs is so frustrating for me, that again, just click on the WEBSHOTS link at the top of this page to view the rest of the photos ! I can not control the position of these pictures and am giving up for now.

Covered patio off the courtyard

Covered patio off the courtyard

The covered enterance--from the courtyard

The covered enterance--from the courtyard

End of the covered patio

End of the covered patio

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SAN CRISTOBAL de las CASAS- CHIAPAS MEXICO–The Market

The San Cristobal Market is like the great markets of Oaxaca.

That said, I want to share some ” MARKET ” photos.

Remember to click on the photos…as there may be further comments or explanations of what you re looking at.

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The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico

San Cristobal de las Casas is located in the central highlands of the Mexican state of Chiapas, approximately 6,900 feet above sea level.

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My friend Bart, from Leetsdale , Pa. came to visit me in Tlacotalpan during the Candelaria Festival. Having had enough of the ” bulls in the streets ” and the throngs of people, we took off on the 10 hour bus ride to San Cristobal and the welcoming  home of my friends- Duncan, Joy and the “la princessa “-Floppsy.—the perfect bed warmer for those cool San Cristobal nights ! ( see picture below ).

" La Princessa "

" La Princessa "

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The city is named after Bartolome de las Casas, a Spanish priest, defender of the rights of Indigenous people, and first Bishop of Chiapas.

A brief history of San Cristobal may be found here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Cristobal_de_las-Casas

Of special note—the city of San Cristobal de las Casas is located near the Maya communities of  SAN JUAN CHAMULA and ZINACANTAN, and a half day bus ride to AGUA AZUL and the Maya ruins of PALENQUE. No better base camp could be found for tourists to experience the ANCIENT and the MODERN culture of the Maya.

A highlight of this trip was the hospitality that was  extended by Duncan and Joy in their beautiful home, part of which is over 200 years old and located right in the center of town.

Also, the fantastic guided tour of the Maya villages of SAN JUAN  CHAMULA and ZINACANTAN by “TOURS by ALEX and RAUL “. This was the most informative tour I have ever been on in Mexico.-BAR NONE!!!

About a half day in duration and not a long road trip; There were so many things learned.

Rather than go on about the trip here,…go to this site and read much more about  the San Cristobal of today, its food, lodging, and all things of interest to the traveler.

http://www.gonomad.com/destinations/0601/sancristobal.html

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Photos from ZINACANTAN…………………………………….

Leaving the Church

Leaving the Church

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

Zinacantan, Chiapas

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Photos from SAN JUAN CHAMULA………………………

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas

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I can not stress enough…take the guided tour of these towns. There is so much to be learned.

BILLDELALUZ…………..