A new up-load to my “NaturesBounty ” Imagekind gallery.
A new up-load to my “NaturesBounty ” Imagekind gallery.
I have up- loaded some new photos to my Imagekind gallery. NaturesBounty.
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These and other new additions may be found at Imagekind SEE YOU THERE ! —– Bill Pandolf
In the City of Oaxaca, The Mercado de Artesanias or Artist Market is the one-stop shopping location for a huge verity of moderately priced handcrafts of the region….such as textiles, weavings and other hand-made items.
Starting with the Juarez Market, one block off the Zocalo, walking down Calle 20 de Noviembre, you will pass a verity of small venders displaying a wide selection of goods from many of the villages from the areas surrounding the City of Oaxaca.
Walking on past the food court / market…you will then come upon the alluring aromas of the Chocolate companies that have helped to make Oaxaca such a wonderful culinary experience.
After tearing yourself away from the samples, and purchasing the Cinnamon-chocolate that makes the best hot chocolate in the world, you will turn to the right and proceed to the corner of J P Garcia & Zaragoza, and the Mercado de Artesanies.
Located in a cavernous barn of a building, The Mercardo de Artesanias will soon overwhelm you with the variety and quantity of crafts on display.
There are stalls upon stalls of bedspreads, table cloths, place mats and napkins. Other stalls of handmade baby’s and children’s cloths ( hundreds of items to choose from ) . Women’s blouses, skirts, dresses, hats & scarfs…men’s shirts, hats, and drawstring pants. If you don’t see the color, design, or size you want…just ask, and out from under the counter will come hundreds more to choose from !
Also in The Mercardo de Artesnias you will find a vast selection of hand crafted TIN Christmas ornaments, picture frames, hanging lanterns and mirror surrounds.
Other items to be found in abundance are mystical, hand carved and brightly painted wooden animals, frames and assorted decorative items.
This Mercardo de Artesanias is a good starting place to get a hands on visual overview of the vast variety of hand crafted items produced in the Oaxaca Valley and the villages in the surrounding mountains.
Also, a quick education of what to look for in the abundance of ” high-End ” shops and galleries located throughout the City of Oaxaca. …where you might find that perfect, one of a kind piece, to complement your home decor.
These pictures show the looms on which the bedspreads, table cloths and assorted piece goods are made. Note the age of these looms…they must have been in use for many years.
Below are some samples of what can be created on these old looms.
For more info on The City of Oaxaca on the web:
I hope you have enjoyed this very SMALL peek at the City of Oaxaca, Mexico
Just a couple shots of Casa De La Luz / Casa De Huespedes as seen through the lens of my new Camera. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28.With an instruction manuel consisting of 158 pages…I guess it will be awhile before I really know what the heck I’m doing !
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.
San Cristobal de las Casas is located in the central highlands of the Mexican state of Chiapas, approximately 6,900 feet above sea level.
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 ).
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.
Photos from ZINACANTAN…………………………………….
Photos from SAN JUAN CHAMULA………………………
I can not stress enough…take the guided tour of these towns. There is so much to be learned.
I have not posted for a couple months…sorry ! Here are a couple new photos. And I`ll be back in a couple weeks.
The Candelria Festival started with the arrival of first MONKS from THE SAN JUAN de DIOS order , in the early 1600s.
The Candelaria Virgin was used to convert the Indigenous inhabitants to Christianity, by replacing the Prehispanic Fertility Deity, who was celebrated on the same date…February 2ND.
These days the festival begins January 31ST, and continues until February 9TH.
The Candelaria Festival begins on the afternoon of January 31ST with the parade on horseback of 100s of the townspeople, young and old, dressed in traditional costumes.
The festival in its present form is mainly a music festival.
The”SON” or “SON JAROCHO” music was influenced by the music coming from Venezuela in the 18TH century and from Cuba in the 19TH century.
Musicians from all over Mexico and around the world gather in TLACOTALPAN, VERACRUZ for this yearly event.
A huge outdoor stage is erected, with lighting and sound. The different groups ( 50 to 100 ) take turns playing and singing their versions of the “SON”, continually for over 24 hours.
On street corners and in parks, platforms are placed, for impromptu gatherings of Fandango dancers and players of the “SON JAROCHO”. You can find this kind of spontaneous display day and night throughout the coming week.
6 bulls are transported ( swimming ) from one side of the river to the other and into a corral. One at a time ( usually ) they are let loose in the streets. Total mayhem is the only way to describe what follows ! There are secure viewing locations, and cowboys on horseback with lassos to rein in the bulls and keep the damage to a minimum !
But , of course, “MACHOS” and drunks with something to prove, run in the streets to challenge the bulls. Sometimes to their detriment and screams from the crowd.
There is also the “MOJIGANGA”. A costume parade.
Originally it was a carnival-like atmosphere when the locals of all classes could hide behind masks and intermingle, creating mischief, without being recognized.
Today, the children’s handmade costumes in the parade are a photographers dream, and true works of art. This is a “must-see” at the festival.
There are also carnival rides for the kids, a rodeo, cock fights, and a major contemporary MEXICAN band on an outdoor stage, playing till dawn.
You can also participate in the traditional “DANZON” , evenings in the Zocalo, and watch spectacular fireworks.
Then there is the FOOD……..after all, whats a festival without lots of food and sweet munchies. RIGHT ??
There are many stands selling speciality items from different parts of Mexico and , of course, the wonderful seafood restaurants along the RIO PAPALOAPAN. All local fare: Fish, Blue Crab, Octopus, and great SHRIMP and shrimp cocktails. And for the adventurous, you may be invited to someones home for turtle soup.
Lets not forget the many booths of fresh baked bread & rolls, Cinnamon swirls, and all that homemade candy. If you find thats not enough, there are also the carts selling homemade ice cream !! YUM.
The population of TLACOTALPAN doubles during the festival, especially for the first 3 days.
Most hotels are booked a year in advance. Many residents open their homes to rent rooms and some rent entire houses for the festival. And as you will see in a picture below, some travel to the festival with tents and sleep in the parks.
We at CASA DE LA LUZ have a list , and photographs, of rooms and houses we would recommend to rent and can put people in touch….as we, at the CASA, are booked by mid August.
The non-stop party atmosphere of the first 3 days slowly winds down…to a second running of the bulls on the closing day, February 9TH. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE
Come to Tlacotalpan this next January and party with us. You will never forget the experience ! Guaranteed !
Below are some photos and a few links to a YOUTUBE video.
YOU TUBE: Type: “Candelaria Tlacotalpan 2008” or “Toros Candelaria 2008” in the search box. There are a lot of choices to view.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO CANDELARIA IN TLACOTALPAN ? —SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE COMMENT SECTION. THANKS, BILLDELALUZ.